Coronavirus – CPhI Japan 2020 Postponed

Another trade event postponed by Coronavirus outbreak

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CPhI Japan exhibition at Tokyo Big Sight
CPhI Japan exhibition at Tokyo Big Sight has been cancelled

An announcement has reached us on 26 February 2020 postponing the CPhl in Tokyo Japan scheduled from 16 to 18 March 2020 to be indefinitely postponed. The organizers have written, “It is with regret that we inform you that CPhI Japan 2020 has been postponed. With many exhibiting companies now unable to travel to Japan, the latest news concerning Novel Coronavirus, it has been decided that it would be in the best interests of both visitors and exhibitors to push the event back to a later date.

“The decision to postpone the event was not taken lightly and has been taken in agreement with all stakeholders involved. We are currently looking into alternative dates and venues for CPhI Japan 2020 and will keep you informed.

“In this way we can offer our exhibitors and visitors attending the exhibition every year a high-quality business event, as in the tradition of CPhI Japan. We would like to thank our exhibitors and our partners for their understanding in the latest weeks, due to the complicated scenario in which we are involved.”

Other trade fairs around the world such as the Bologna Children’s Book Fair have also been postponed due to the still uncertain situation of the Coronavirus. There is uncertainty for many of the other upcoming fairs although firm announcements are still awaited.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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