Automatica 2020 cancelled amid travel restrictions

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Automatica, which was to be held from 8 to 11 December in Munich, Germany, has been cancelled.

The automation trade fair has already been moved from June to December, but rising numbers of infections across Europe and more travel restrictions led Messe München, in agreement with VDMA Robotics and Automation, to take the decision to cancel the show.

Messe München now plans to hold what it calls a 'compact exhibition before the exhibition' in early summer 2021, including digital offerings. Automatica runs on a two-year cycle, so the 2021 event will bridge the gap to the 2022 show.

Falk Senger, managing director of Messe München, commented: 'Too many of our exhibitors and visitors could not have come to Munich due to travel restrictions. That is why we ultimately had to cancel Automatica 2020. This situation makes it all the more important to look ahead now. We are working hard on new offerings to bring the industry together and move it forward.'

The event organisers plan to run an online event series 'Let's talk by Automatica', looking at trends in robotics and automation. In addition, parts of the support programme for the December exhibition will be offered in a virtual setting.

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