embedded world 2020 to go ahead as planned, say NürnbergMesse – but list of exhibitors dropping out now exceeds 100...

17 February 2020


Despite the cancellation of this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, show organisers, NürnbergMesse confirmed today that embedded world 2020 is to take place as planned, regardless of a number of high profile exhibitor cancellations (the total now numbers more than 50) related to fears around Coronavirus.

This story will be regularly updated with new information and updates as it is made available from NurnbergMesse, exhibitors and other sources.

NürnbergMesse CEOs, Dr Roland Fleck & Peter Ottmann have released a statement confirming that embedded world will go ahead next week, despite coronavirus fears, with measures in place to mitigate against threat of infection. [Read the full statement]

Following a couple of weeks insisting that Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile telecoms show, which was due to take place in Barcelona from 24-27th February and typically attracts over 100,000 visitors & over 2,000 exhibiting companies, would go ahead as planned, industry trade body & show organisers, GSMA finally took the decision yesterday to completely cancel this year's event. This followed escalating concerns, prompting a progressive series of updates designed to reassure show visitors and exhibitors, and a raft of cancellations from exhibitors due to Coronavirus fears.

embedded world is a smaller show than MWC (around 30,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors), with a far lower proportion of Chinese and East Asian visitors and exhibitors. However, there have been a couple of high profile exhibitors pull out of this year's show as the news about MWC's cancellation broke, in Microchip and STMicroelectronics.

UPDATE: additional exhibitors (over and above Microchip & STMicroelectronics) to cancel attendance at embedded world 2020 now include: Abacus, Acal BFi, Actron, Adesto, Advantech, Aitech, Altium, Amazon (AWS), AMD, AMI, Analog Devices, ARM, Arrow Electronics, Asus, AV system, Avnet (inc. Avnet Integrated), b.plus, Bittium, Bosch Automotive, Bridgetek, Codico, Collabora, Cypress, Data I/O, Data Modul, Digi International, Digi-Key, Digilent, Diodes Zetex, Dongguan Team Source Display, e-Consystems, EBV, EKL Electronics Cooling, Elektor, Embedded Brains, Emcomo, EM Microelectronics, Espressif Systems, Farnell element14, FRG Frischer Electronic, FTDI, Future Electronics, Giesecke + Devrient, Global Logic, Google, Hannstar Display, Hilscher, Hoffmann + Krippner, iBase, Imagination Technologies, Infineon, insight.tech, Intel, IPC2U, IQD, iWave, Jinan Usr Iot Technology, Key Technology, Kienzle group, Kioxia Europe, Kontron, Korenix, Linx Technologies, LPKF Laser, Maiwe Communication (from Wuhan), Micron, Microsoft, Minmax Technology, Mist Elektronik, Mitac Digital, Mitsubishi Electric, Monolithic Power Systems, Mouser, Myrra SAS, New Japan Radio Co (NJR Europe), Nvidia, NXP, On semiconductor, OpenHW Group, Owon Fujian Lilliput, POHL Electronic, Polyrack, Powerbridge, POOR, PNY Technologies Quadro, Qualcomm, RAFI Eltec, Recom, Renesas, Renata Batteries, ROHM Semiconductor, RS Components, Schukat, SD Association, SE Spezial-Electronic, Shantou Goworld Display, Si Five, Silica, Silicon Labs, Silicon Radar, Simplify Technologies, Socionext, SolidRun, Swatch Group, Swissbit, Telit, Texas Instruments, TME, Top Display Optoelectronics, Topway LCD, Toshiba, TQ Systems, Tyan, VoxMicro, Western Digital (WD, SanDisk), Willtron, Winbond, Wintec, Wind River, Wittenstein Aerospace & Simulation, Wuhan Bluestar Technology, Würth Elektronik, X-Spex, X2E Embedded System Design, Xilinx, YOU Solutions, Yuan High-Tech Development, Zephyr Project.

On the other hand, a number of companies that have agreed to continue participate under the current circumstances have publicly declared they are currently sticking to this decision, including: Accemic Technologies, AdaCore, Adlink Technology, ALDEC, agosense, Atlantik Electronik, ATP Electronics, Axivion, becom, Beta Layout, Bosch, Cadence, compmall, Compotec, congatec, Deutschmann Automation, Dialog Semiconductor, DigitalDevices GmbH, Demmel, DENX Software Engineering GmbH, DH Electronics, DMB Technics, DSP systems (formerly AR Bayer DSP systems), dSpace, EEPD, EFCO Electronics, Electronic Assembly, Embedded Computing Design, emotas, Endrich, Epson, Equasys, esd electronics, eSOL, FlowCAD, Ginzinger Electronic Systems, Glyn, Grammatech, Green Hills, Heitec, Hema Electronic, Hemi, Hitex, Hy-Line, IAR Systems, Imperas, Innodisk, Karamba Security, KDAB, Keith & Koep, KHRONOS Group, Lattice, Lauterbach, Liver System Technology, LDRA, Linutronix, Lynx Software Technologies, m2m Germany, Mathworks, Maxim Integrated, Melya Systems, Mentor, MEV Electronics Service, Micro Control, Microtronics engineering, MVTec, Neousys Technology, New Vision Display, Nordic Semiconductor, Nico Matic, Parasoft, PEAK-System, Pengutronix, Percepio, Perforce software, Phoenix Contact, Phytec, qbee AS, RAK Wireless, Red Pitaya, Rohde & Schwarz, Real Time Innovations (RTI), RISC-V Foundation, RTI, Rutronik, Silicon Motion, SSV Software Systems, Sys TEC Electronic, Sysgo, tacterion, Tekmodul, Tektronix, Teledyne LeCroy, Trenz Electronic, Trinamic, Ubuntu, Ultratronic distribution, Vector, VersaLogic, WAGO, Wibu-Systems.

Show organisers NürnbergMesse have released the following statement, with the latest updates available at the show website: https://www.embedded-world.de/en/exhibition-info/current-information

CURRENT INFORMATION: embedded world 2020 takes place as planned
embedded world 2020 will take place as planned from 25-27 February 2020 at the Nürnberg exhibition centre. NürnbergMesse is taking a comprehensive package of measures to ensure that exhibitors and visitors can participate in the exhibition safely and comfortably. Two world-leading exhibitions with over 150,000 participants (exhibitors and visitors) from all over the world have been held successfully in Nürnberg since the end of January. The preventive protective measures for our guests at the Nuremberg exhibition centre have had excellent results. A large number of other major international trade fairs have also been held in Germany in recent weeks.

Well-positioned healthcare systems in Europe
The meeting of EU health ministers in Brussels notes that EU Member States essentially have well established health systems and are able to respond to all eventualities. The EU Member States will also closely follow the WHO recommendations on corona virus. NürnbergMesse is also following these measures and decisions. The current measures developed for the protection of exhibitors and visitors in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg are abosulutely appropriate.

Further information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be obtained from the following official body:

•    World Health Organisation (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

1    Will embedded world 2020 take place?

embedded world 2020 will take place as announced from 25-27 February 2020 at the Nürnberg exhibition centre.
2    How will visitors be informed about the organization of embedded world?
Preparations are proceeding as usual and the planned marketing measures are being implemented as planned.

UPDATE AS AT 17th Feb: At the moment, we are not aware of any official travel warnings for Germany. For example, neither the USA nor Great Britain have issued any travel warnings.

 > https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Germany.html#/
 > https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany/health

3    Are Chinese citizens allowed to enter Germany, especially Nuremberg, at all?
Yes, because freedom of travel is a great asset and there are no instructions from German authorities as to why Chinese citizens should be refused entry to Germany. There are no restrictions: https://china.diplo.de/cn-de/aktuelles/neuigkeiten/-/2295084 (only in German)

UPDATE AS AT 17th Feb: The public health department of the city of Nuremberg confirmed Monday 17th February that the risk situation due to the corona virus has not changed in Nuremberg, Bavaria and Germany. Since 14th February 2020, a new regulation of the Federal Ministry of Health has been in force, according to which all passengers on all direct flights from China to Germany must provide written information about themselves on board, including whether they have recently been in the crisis areas or had contact with sick people.

Air travellers from China will now be asked even more precisely than before about possible Coronavirus contact after their arrival in Bavaria and Hesse. Should a person be reported, the medical service at the airport will be informed, a doctor will examine the passenger on board and decide on the further procedure. The Federal Ministry of Health had ordered a corresponding procedure based on recommendations of the EU Health Council. Currently, there are direct flights from China only to Bavaria and Hesse.

Federal Health Minister, Jens Spahn commented: "When entering Germany from China, we must know who has had contact with infected patients and who comes from infected areas. This will enable concrete testing at the airport. This is a method appropriate to the situation, in order to prevent the corona virus from spreading in Germany and Europe. This is what we decided at the EU Health Council on Thursday. And so we are now implementing it directly at national level. This coordinated approach with our European partners was important to me. Because only together will we contain the epidemic."

4    Will Chinese people also participate in the exhibition or will the exhibition deny access to Chinese people?
NürnbergMesse is an international exhibition venue and of course exhibitors and visitors from China will also take part in our events. There is no reason to deny access to our exhibitions to persons of a specific nationality – in this case: from China - for safety or health reasons.
5    How many Chinese companies participate in embedded world?
Around 100 companies are currently registered for embedded world 2020. About 5% of them come from the Hubei region and the city of Wuhan. We do not expect these companies to take part at the exhibition.
6    How many visitors do you expect from China?
We are expecting significantly less visitors from China than in 2019, but it will be around 1% of the total number of visitors.
7    Have Chinese exhibitors or visitors already cancelled their visit?
Only Chinese guests from Wuhan have so far cancelled their visit to Nürnberg due to understandable reasons - otherwise we are happy to welcome the world to our exhibitions in Nürnberg.
8    How does NürnbergMesse ensure that people who are already infected do not enter the exhibition site?
NürnbergMesse has a well-established and professional emergency management system. In addition to the police and fire brigade, this also includes a first aid station, which has even been supplemented by interpreters.
9    Is there no possibility of infection on the exhibition site?
NürnbergMesse ensures a very high standard of hygiene in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg through a large bundle of measures such as additional disinfectant dispensers on the exhibition grounds and increased cleaning in heavily frequented areas such as entrances, door handles or staircases.

The first-aid stations are increasingly manned and are optimally prepared and equipped for the relevant scenarios professionally, medically and with the appropriate equipment. Structured procedures are fixed in several languages, so that even if undifferentiated symptoms occur, professional clarification and medical support is provided as quickly as possible.

NürnbergMesse is closely networked with the responsible safety and rescue authorities and is a member of a task force of the local health authority. The local, national and global development of the corona virus is monitored around the clock by the security department of NürnbergMesse, so that the prepared security measures can be intensified and implemented in stages at any time in a very short reaction time.

Irrespective of the corona virus, it can never be ruled out that, despite very high hygiene standards, one can also become infected during a visit to the exhibition.
10    Does NürnbergMesse recommend self-isolation or self-quarantine?
No, as the German authorities do not recommend this measure either.
11    Does NürnbergMesse implement security measures such as thermal imaging cameras at the entrances/mouth protection for everyone?
No, according to the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA), thermal imaging cameras or "mouthguards for everyone" are of little help when it comes to the "coronavirus" issue. Instead, the BZgA recommends good hand hygiene as the most important and effective measure for personal protection.

See also: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/en/press/2020/coronavirus.html#c17182

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