Messe Frankfurt has announced that all its 3 textile fairs to be held in Shanghai in March have been postponed to a later date.
The decision has been taken owing to the coronavirus outbreak that has, reportedly, killed over 400 people in China.
The fairs to be affected are Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition; Yarn Expo Spring; and Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Spring Edition.
The announcement comes in the wake of company’s recent decision to postpone its other 2 fairs in China, namely Prolight + Sound Guangzhou, SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF) and Asiamold (Guangzhou) and Toy & Edu, Baby & Stroller and Licensing China (Shenzhen).
More on this, Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd., said “Messe Frankfurt has been an active player in the China market for over 30 years now, so we stand fully behind Government’s efforts to control the outbreak.”
She added “This includes the recent suspension of large-scale trade and economic events in a number of cities, so with this and the wellbeing of all our stakeholders in mind, we have made the decision to reschedule our upcoming textile fairs in Shanghai to a later date. Our teams are making every effort to find suitable alternatives, but we will only make the decision to go ahead with these fairs when it is deemed safe to do so.”
The company has said that further announcements on the fairs will be made in due course.