Although more cancelations have come for IFPE and ConExpo-Con/AGG today, show organizers are working to keep the show a success.
Danfoss joined Eaton, Parker and API yesterday in leaving the event. Although I have not received official word from them, their booth space is now available on the exhibit map.
SunSource also told its employees this morning they were no longer attending the event and pulled its show information from its website, although booth information is still available on the IFPE map and exhibitor list. The tough decision was done for the health and safety of its associates, said a SunSource official. They did not cancel, as they’re booth will still be there but no one will be manning it.
Additionally, Volvo announced that it was pulling out of the event entirely, with the following statement:
All business areas within the Volvo Group have jointly decided to not attend Conexpo-Con/Agg 2020 due to the outbreak and continuing concerns relating to the Coronavirus Covid-19.
With California joining Washington State and Florida in declaring a state of emergency to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus Covid-19, all business areas within the Volvo Group have decided to withdraw from their participations in next week’s Conexpo exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. This includes all relevant Volvo business areas, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Penta, Volvo Financial Services, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, SDLG and Terex Trucks.
“We are great supporters of Conexpo, and despite being in advanced preparations for this year’s event, we believe it is the right thing to do to withdraw at this late stage. Our first concern is the wellbeing of employees, customers and the wider public,’ said Melker Jernberg, Executive VP & President of Volvo CE.
“It’s very disappointing not to be attending, but our first priority is the health and safety of our employees and others. Given this, it is with reluctance that it has been decided not to participate in this year’s show.”
For further information, please visit: https://www.volvoce.com/
On a positive note, I did speak with show organizers throughout the day about the fact that several education sessions would no longer be available now that Eaton, Parker and Danfoss are out. There is a chance they may offer those sessions as live webcasts.
Additionally, show organizers said that they continue to receive new registrations and are still trending above 2017 numbers.