The organizers of Autopromotec have postponed the 2021 event in Bologna, Italy to 2022.
The event, originally scheduled for May 26-29, 2021, will be held May 25-28, 2022.
Organizers said their primary goal is the protection of the nearly 1,700 companies that exhibit at the event. In 2019 43% of those exhibitors came from abroad.
"The postponement to 2022, a year identified by many analysts as that of the economic recovery, will enable the exhibiting companies to invest their financial resources at a more appropriate moment, thus being able to maximize business opportunities, which has always been a strong point of the Bologna exhibition."
Following the postponement, future shows will now take place in even-numbered years.
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to register high rates of contagion, and severe limitations to international travels persist,” says Renzo Servadei, Autopromotec CEO. “A proper planning on the part of all the players of the sector is crucial to create a high-level event, but the uncertainty related to the measures to deal with the sanitary crisis makes it difficult to national and international exhibitors and visitors to plan their business travels well in advance.”
He added, “The Pre-registration forms received from exhibiting companies up until now, however, are consistent with those of the past editions.
"In order to accompany the sector to 2022, Autopromotec is working on a digital project that, on May 2021, will support companies in view of the full restart of their activities, keeping them in touch with the global market.”