IAA 2020 cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

From the May 2020 issue.

The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has confirmed the cancellation of the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show that was due to be held in Hannover from September 24-30.

VDA said in a statement the health risks of the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures taken to contain it have fundamentally changed the backdrop for the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has indeed shown the general public very clearly just how essential commercial vehicles are for maintaining public food supplies, but it is having an unprecedented impact on business in the sector and also the IAA," a VDA spokesperson said.

"Many countries have travel restrictions that will remain in force for several months to come. Large events have been prohibited over the coming months in nearly all European countries. Given the situation with the corona pandemic, face-to-face meetings can no longer be held at a trade fair and particularly at the IAA."

The event organisers said it was a difficult decision to cancel the event. VDA has informed many exhibitors who had registered for IAA 2020 of the cancellation as well as service providers, Deutsche Messe AG and all political and business partners.

"The exhibitors and service providers have been informed of the cancellation at this early stage in order to keep the economic consequences for the companies to a minimum," said VDA. "The next IAA Commercial Vehicles will take place in September 2022."

The IAA Commercial Vehicles Show is the world’s leading platform for transport, logistics and mobility. As a global meeting place for experts and decision-makers from the entire transport and logistics sector, its strength is its international range of both exhibitors and visitors. Direct personal contacts are at the heart of the show.

The 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, held during September in Hanover, Germany, was a spectacle to behold – fostering industry representation on a global scale. If this epic event continues to grow, the possibilities truly seem endless.

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