Chinaplas, ARP 2020 shows postponed in China; TAITRA assures visitors to Taiwan

Chinaplas, ARP 2020 shows postponed in China; TAITRA assures visitors to Taiwan

With the spread of coronavirus continuing unabated in China (to date China’s total confirmed cases now top 28,000, with more than 3,800 of them critical and more than 560 deaths), more shows have had to be postponed in the country. The largest plastics show in Asia and second largest show in the world, Chinaplas 2020, is the latest to be axed. To have been held from 21-24 April at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai, the organiser Adsale  Exhibition Services Ltd has issued a statement that it will be postponed indefinitely. It also said that “new dates for the show will be announced at a later time”.

The statement also said that the postponement was in line with instructions issued by the Shanghai city government “to stop all large-scale activities”.

It further stated, “Health and safety of all show participants are at our top priority therefore we have to make this decision. Please be assured that we will continue to closely monitor the epidemic situation and keep you well-informed of any further news about Chinaplas 2020. The Adsale team and our official service providers will always be at your service and we will give you our best support in preparing for the rescheduled show.”

Along the same vein, the Asia Rubber & Plastics  (ARP) Expo, originally scheduled to take place from 19-21 March in Shenzhen, has also been postponed. The exhibition organiser, Guangdong Grandeur International Exhibition Group, also said a new date would be announced later this month. The exhibition was to have spanned an area of 30,000 sq m with 800+ exhibitors.

Meanwhile, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), which organises the Taipeiplas show along with the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), has also issued a statement in response to the global outbreak of coronavirus. 

It says, “The Taiwan government has taken comprehensive measures to protect the health of the public from the global outbreak. All events and activities held by TAITRA for international visitors are conducted in full and stringent compliance with health and safety regulations and there is no danger posed to exhibitions and meeting venues in Taiwan. From the airport to the hotel to the venue and back, visitors can rest assured that they will be safe to visit Taiwan. Visitors can expect the highest standards for medical assistance, including multiple treatment rooms on hand with the most advanced medical equipment available anywhere in the world.”

The statement also said, “In the extremely unlikely event that anyone displays symptoms of the novel coronavirus – or any other disease or illness – visitors can be reassured that Taiwan’s healthcare system and medical sector is continually ranked as one of the top healthcare systems in the world.”

To date, Taiwan has ten confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and has quarantined more than 240 people repatriated to the island after being stranded in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus.

The country also recently barred non-Chinese citizens who have been in China in the last 14 days from travelling to Taiwan, since the incubation period for the virus is 14 days.

The biennially-held Taipeiplas show is to scheduled to be held from 9-13 September this year.


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