IFPE Attendees Get Their First Look—But No Touch

March 10, 2020
Coronovirus concerns notwtihstanding, IFPE 2020 is off with a bang in Las Vegas.

In a time of global concerns over the coronavirus outbreak and a staggering stock market, the 2020 International Fluid Power Exposition began Tuesday, March 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Show officials did everything they could to bolster the show’s expectations despite significant vendor cancellations.

So the show does go on with educational sessions, exhibits and heightened vigilance around attendee safety. IFPE and the co-located CONEXPO/CON-AGG construction trade show have instituted a “no-handshake” policy at the event and have taken other steps to reassure the projected 120,000 attendees about health and safety at the shows.

“Please know we are committed to hosting safe and successful shows. Our top priority is focused on the health and safety of all participants at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2020, including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, industry partners and others involved in the shows,” show officials stated in a press release. “More information about the precautions we are taking can be found here.”

With major indoor and outdoor events being cancelled around the country and restrictions around sporting events discussed, IFPE and CONEXPO will be a test case for how large gatherings can interact in safety even as the coronavirus continues to expand its reach across the country.

About the Author

Bob Vavra | Senior Content Director, Power & Motion and Machine Design

Bob Vavra is the Senior Content Director of Power & Motion and its sister publication Machine Design. Vavra has had a long career in publishing, media and events. He has covered all aspects of manufacturing for the past 20 years and is a regular attendee at events such as IMTS and Hannover Messe. Vavra is also a sought-after webcast moderator and event emcee, and has presided over events in the U.S., Germany and China. 

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