The SNEC trade show, the world’s largest solar conference and exhibition, has been diverged and postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
More than 2,000 exhibitors and 260,000 visitors were projected to be involved in this year’s Shanghai exhibition, which was meant to take place in less than two months.
Since the beginning of the week, reports have circulated that the global showpiece will follow in the footsteps of several other industry dates that have fallen victim to travel restrictions levied across the world as policymakers seek to stop the spread of the coronavirus that has now officially infected nearly a million people.
Several online news outlets in China announced yesterday’s postponement of the show but were later removed due to “editorial errors.” Show organizers told PV magazine on Wednesday “There is no formal announcement of any delays or postponement of this event so far, and the show will pass on time.”
Today, the message had changed to, “While we have dedicated a lot of manpower and money to the planning of the exhibition, we will postpone the event as the health and welfare of all exhibitors and participants is of the utmost importance for us.” The Intersolar Europe trade show, scheduled for mid-June this year, had already been cancelled and Intersolar South America was moved back this year.
The organizers of SNEC 2020 have yet to name a new date for the expo.