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Light + Building postponed due to coronavirus

three men in suits admire a light fitting at the Light + Building trade fair
This year's Light + Building exhibition has been cancelled, it is understood

NEXT month’s Light + Building exhibition in Frankfurt has been postponed until September due to the threat from the coronavirus.

The decision is believed to have driven by the outbreak in Italy of the highly contagious disease and an announcement from Signify that it was pulling out of the show. 

Organisers say they came to the conclusion that a postponement was the appropriate course of action ‘after intensive consultations’ with exhibitors, German trade bodies including the ZVEI and the ZVEH, and the public-health authorities of the City of Frankfurt.

It’s understood that an extensive and onerous multi-stage health check on exhibitors and visitors from China would have had to be implemented along with travel restrictions. 

The nail in the coffin of next month’s event appears to have been an announcement from Signify, the world’s biggest lighting manufacturer, that it was pulling out due to the health risks posed its staff.

Signify chief Eric Rondolat speaking at Light + Building in 2018. He said the decision to pull out of next month's event was due to concerns over the health of its employees, customers and partners.
Signify chief Eric Rondolat speaking at Light + Building in 2018. He said the decision to pull out of next month’s event was due to concerns over the health of its employees, customers and partners. Pic: Ray Molony

‘Although we were looking forward to meeting our customers and presenting our newest innovations at Light + Building, we must contribute to helping to contain the issue,’ Signify chief executive Eric Rondolat told the press. 

‘The health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and partners is and remains our number one priority.’ 

Instead the company planned to inform the market about its new innovations through a series of press releases.

In the coming weeks stand builders were due to gather to begin assembling some of the elaborate stands for which the Light + Building show is famous. 

The show will now be held ‘between the middle and end of September’.