The Association of Italian Manufacturers and Suppliers of Machinery, Plants and Systems, Accessories and Special Products for Glass Processing (GIMAV) announced that an overwhelming majority of the Italians intend not to participate in the 2021 edition of glasstec, which was postponed by the organizers to June 15-18, 2021. The organization cited the “peculiar dates” of the rescheduled show, major international players deciding to forgo the event, and the lingering difficulties caused by COVID-19 as its reasons for not planning to attend.

“Even though we regret doing this, because we are aware of all the work the organizers have done, it is our duty to inform all of the stakeholders of that which, in discussions with our members, emerged as a fact,” says GIMAV president Michele Gusti. “All the more reason, as every day, we are inundated with data regarding the still uncontrolled spread of the pandemic in Europe and around the globe, that the current situation calls for caution in making investments and the utmost care in safeguarding the health of our clients and partners.”