The organizers of APPPEXPO 2020 have sent us a realistic assessment of participation from around the world at a July expo. Since drupa has also totally moved their dates, it is understandable that APPPEXPO would comment on the world situation. APPPEXPO 2020 is still scheduled but adjustments are being prepared.
More Reality for APPPEXPO was well expressed
I have enjoyed attending printer expos in China for over 10 years. I have given presentations at Chinese expos (Beijing, for example). And we at FLAAR-REPORTS have been to ink factories, factories of printable materials (Yeong Jeou, and nearby GLM), and lots of printer factories in China (JHF and a dozen others).
We would like to visit the Plamac factory, the Handtop factory; and see the next generation ink in the Apollo factory (last year we experienced their innovative water-based outdoor ink).
Plus I was looking forward to flying to Shanghai for APPPEXPO 2020 for their dates in July.
But the reality sinks in: there are no flights from most countries to China, and no flights back from China (for recent weeks). And if you do find a flight, no way to re-enter your home country without 2-week quarantine). Thus it was very helpful, very realistic, and completely appropriate of the organizers to indicate that participation from countries experiencing severe Coronavirus presently (most of EU, India, Middle East and the USA (which has not even come close to peaking)) is unlikely for July. Coronavirus is so bad in USA presently that I am happily staying in Guatemala.
So we wait to see whether the July postponement date for APPPEXPO will remain (but as a local expo) or whether the date will be moved to autumn, or whether they will wait for 2021 to reinitiate encouragement of foreign exhibitors and foreign visitors. Thus for now (it’s late March 2020 as I write this) it will not be realistic for us to fly back-and-forth to Shanghai unless new treatment medicines are discovered, unless inoculations are available, and unless the summer weather decimates Coronavirus.
In the meantime we wish that all ink, media, printer, laminator, and cutter companies can recuperate. And we hope you, your family, and your colleagues are surviving.