Year 2020
June 2020

IPF Japan and Taipeiplas cancelled

Covid-19 – Due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has afftected countries worldwide with lockdowns, this year’s edition of IPF Japan 2020, scheduled to be held from 6-10 October at Makuhari Messe, has been cancelled.

The International Plastic Fair Association (IPF) of Japan, organiser of the show issued a statement, “In view of the latest developments of the novel coronavirus pandemic and uncertainty about what will happen, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel IPF Japan 2020. We, as the organiser of the show, put the highest priority on the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, and everyone else involved. Considering the circumstances, we came to the conclusion that even if we held IPF Japan 2020, the result would not match the expectations of either exhibitors or visitors.”

IPF also stated that it would make full refunds of the exhibition space fees that had already been paid by exhibitors in June and July. We will contact exhibitors soon for the necessary arrangements.

It also said, “The next IPF Japan will be held in autumn 2023 as scheduled, in line with the three-year cycle in which the event has been held so far.”

Another Asian show, Taiepeiplas, has also been cancelled. The export-oriented trade shows, Taipeiplas and ShoeTech Taipei, organised by TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council), a non-profit government co-sponsored trade promotion organisation, and TAMI (Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry), were scheduled to be held in September.

However, the organisers have decided to postpone both shows after comprehensive consideration “under the circumstances of global business being severely impacted by the Covid-19”. The new dates for the show will be announced in due course.

TAITRA also adds that it will “continuously assist exhibitors in expanding business opportunities with digital marketing strategies”. It has launched online integrated services, including online sourcing meetings, online exhibitions, Taiwan Trade Shows Webinar (scheduled on 23 June) to stay ahead of business.