STOM 2020 – change of date – latest information and statement by Kielce Trade Fairs

Considering what has been going on in the world and in Poland recently, more and more organizers of various events are making decisions about changes or cancellation of plans. Targi Kielce also faced a similar dilemma. Fortunately, the decision that was made was to postpone STOM 2020 to a further date – September 22-24. Below we present the statement of Targi Kielce in relation to the situation. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the material below and, just like the e-cnc-art team, book now the September date in calendar.

Industrial Spring – the expo date changes

Targi Kielce acts in the best interests of our guests, exhibitors, Targi Kielce employees and the region’s residents. The general public’s health safety and security is major priority, thus in the view of deteriorating epidemiological situation in the country we duly comply with the Chief Sanitary Inspector’s recommendations. Having consulted the situation with the Świętokrzyskie Voivode Mr. Zbigniew Koniusz and the Kielce Mayor Mr. Bogdan Wenta, we resolved to postpone the Industrial Spring.

The “Industrial Spring” expos cluster includes: the Fair of Metal Processing, Tools and Machine Tools STOM-TOOL, Sheet Metal Processing and Cutting Fair STOM-BLECH & CUTTING, Industrial Laser and Laser Technology Expo STOM-LASER, Industrial Robotics Expo  STOM-ROBOTICS, International Fair of Welding Technology and Equipment WELDING, Fair of Industrial Measuring Technology CONTROL-STOM, Fair of Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Drives and Controls KIELCE FLUID POWER, Exhibition of Corrosion Protection Technology and Surface Treatment EXPO-SURFACE, Electronics and Automation Expo TEiA  and Process Virtualisation Expo WIRTOPROCESY as well as 3D Printing Days.  Last year’s expos cluster brought together the audience of 17 thousand people.  Despite the event’s scale, these expos and all other trade fairs and are not regarded mass event according to Polish legal regulations. However the event’s scale raises concerns in the light of SARS – CoV-2 virus spread which causes Covid – 19 disease. The new coronavirus has spread globally, including Poland.                 

For several days, Targi Kielce has received signals from exhibitors – they are concerned that the coronavirus infection may impact the event. Poland’s leading companies have considered the possibility of expo participation. There have been many exhibitors’ requests to postpone the trade fair to a later date, time when the coronavirus infection-related risk is lower. We have been involved in an in-depth discussion with our clients. Not only have we discussed Industrial Spring but also many other events scheduled for the nearest future.   Having consulted the situation we have resolved to postpone the expo – we are convinced that our common security is of utmost importance.   We have struggled for the exhibitions cluster to take place until now.

Since the beginning of this year, Targi Kielce has already hosted four major trade fairs. The expos’ scope was truly diversified and ranged from the pigeon exhibition, through the Kids’ Time Expo – Mother and Child products Expo, the Enex Fair of Renewable Sources of Energy, and last week’s Polish Building Materials Depots’ contracting expo.  Events go down in history as successes, this includes the number of visitors. We ensured the highest level of sanitary safety and security. Companies from countries which struggle with the coronavirus infection did not exhibit at the trade fairs.  However, the measure may not be enough in the light of the growing number of infections in Poland.

Despite the enormous amount of work we have invested into the Industrial Spring organisation and the costs we have all incurred, we have recognized the general public health status is an overriding priority.   We do hope that exhibitors as well as all those who intended to visit the expo understand our stand point.  We will do our best to make the expo held on some other date equally attractive and successful.

The 2020 Industrial Spring will become Industrial Autumn, the new date for the event is 22-24 September 2020.