Fakuma postponed to 2021; IPF Japan to be virtually presented

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With the Covid-19 pandemic showing no signs of slowing down globally, various plastics shows have been cancelled or postponed this year. The most recent announcement comes from the German show Fakuma, which was to have been held 13-17 October 2020. Organiser, P.E Schall GmbH & Co. KG says the show has been postponed and will take place from the 12-16 October 2021 at the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre, Germany.

"Together with all involved parties, we struggled for a long time to amend the general conditions demanded by the corona pandemic in such a way that Fakuma 2020 could have been promoted successfully," says Bettina Schall, Managing Director of P.E Schall. A hygiene and security concept was developed for safe trade fair promotion to this end. "We fulfilled all of the prerequisites. However, in cooperation with the exhibitor advisory board we've now decided to postpone Fakuma 2020 to October, 2021."

The organiser also had been under pressure by exhibitors pulling out of the show, which focuses on injection moulding, extrusion technology, thermoforming and 3D printing.

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Meanwhile, in Japan, the IPF Japan 2020 will now be presented as a virtual exhibition on 18 November this year by the organiser, International Plastic Fair Association. Due to the development of the novel corona virus pandemic, IPF Japan 2020, scheduled to be held from 6-10 October at Makuhari Messe near Tokyo, was cancelled. IPF Japan 2020 Virtual, an alternative to the real exhibition, will be held to release new products or technologies and create a place for business meeting in the plastic and rubber industry, says the association.

The virtual show features interactive communication like a real exhibition. Using the chat and webinar functions, the public can contact each other in a virtual space. Visitors can get product information from Japanese companies, and easily talk to the exhibitors directly, just by going online in their free time wherever they are, according to IPF.

This exhibition will be open 24 hours. Exhibitor staff will be stationed at the booth during core time from 10 am to 6 pm, with interactive communication possible between "exhibitors" and "visitors".

Visitor registration will start around mid-October 2020 on the IPF Japan website.


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