Autopromotec, originally scheduled for May 26-29, 2021, in Bologna, Italy, has been postponed a year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic fallout globally, show organizers announced this morning. Following the postponement, the show will now take place in even-numbered years.
“Autopromotec is one of the most unique automotive industry shows in the world… It’s a show that can’t be missed and is well worth the wait. I look forward to 2022 when I can rejoin my automotive aftermarket colleagues at this amazing event.”Aftermarket Intel Editor and Publisher Mark Phillips
About 1,700 exhibiting companies were in attendance at the show’s 2019 edition and 43 percent of those companies came from abroad.
“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.”
Aftermarket Intel Editor and Publisher Mark Phillips is one of several international journalists invited to report on the biennial show in the past.
“The decision to postpone Autopromotec is a prudent one,” Phillips said. “Autopromotec is one of the most unique automotive industry shows in the world, owing partly to its location in Italy’s Motor Valley — the epicenter of the world’s top supercar and motorcycle brands — as well as the amazing culture that Italy has birthed. It’s a show that can’t be missed and is well worth the wait. I look forward to 2022 when I can rejoin my automotive aftermarket colleagues at this amazing event.”
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, Autopromotec said in a press release.
“The Pre-registration forms received from exhibiting companies up until now, however, are consistent with those of the past editions,” Servadei added. “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.”
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