ProPak Asia, the major processing and packaging event for the continent, has been postponed in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Slated to take place at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Thailand, the event was to be the biggest processing and packaging trade exhibition in Asia, with 65,000 square metres in nine halls, and more than 2300 exhibiting companies from 50 countries. It was scheduled to take place on 17-20 June.
For a number of Australian OEMs, like Fibre King, Gold Peg, and HMPS to name a few, this is an important annual show as for many it's proven to be a successful launching pad into the region, and a means of expanding their footprint in SE Asia.
In an official letter, the ProPak Asia organisers said the event would be moved to a new date, to be announced in April.
Organisers Informa cancelled the event after Thailand increased public safety measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Under the new rules, exhibition and convention venues will be closed through at least 12 April, and from 26 March, foreigners will be banned from entering the country.
“In consultation with key stakeholders, exhibitors, and industry partners, the organising team concluded that postponing the event in June is in the best interests of the industry,” Informa brand director Marek Szandrowski told PKN.
“We believe that postponing the event will allow more time for normality and confidence to return to the marketplace, ease travel restrictions, and provide all-around better conditions for exhibitors and visitors to engage.”
For more information, see ProPak Asia’s website.