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Electronica 2020 cancelled – goes virtual

Adding to the woes of 2020, Electronica – the biggest electronics trade show in the world – has confirmed it will not be going ahead as usual this year.

According to the show organisers (the Messe M√ľnchen), the event will be “a fully virtual event” this year due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, which reduced the size of the show.

The show had initially planned to do a scaled down version, but over the weekend it announced this would be impossible in the current environment.

Per EE News Europe, there are “likely to be implications for Semicon Europa and a MEMS event that were to be collocated with Electronica.”

This also follows similar news from Stuttgart’s Vision show (Europe’s largest machine vision trade show – which traditionally takes place in the same week as Electronica) which earlier this summer announced its 2020 show will “not take place”. And adds to a large list which began back in February with the cancellation of MWC and the scaled down version of Embedded World.

The traditional TechWorks Awards have also been moved to 2021 – with the event (currently?) scheduled for January 28.

Let’s hope 2021 is better.