Taking into consideration the current state of affairs and caution advisories still in place by the Indian government, the organisers of Busworld India – Busworld International CVBA and Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd in consultation with stakeholders have decided to cancel the 2020 edition of the fair. In order to keep the industry updated with the changing business landscape in the bus & coach sector, the organisers will continue to host a series of virtual webinars and interactive events to keep the industry connected until its next edition in 2022.
In consultation with key OEMs and exhibitors from the bus and coach industry, the 2020 edition of Busworld India that was postponed to 6 – 8 October 2020 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bengaluru is now set to be hosted in 2022. The organisers have confirmed that the dates for the next edition of the trade fair are currently under dialogues and will be announced after detailed discussions in the coming months.
India’s automotive industry is one of the key economic sectors that has been hard hit due to the onset of COVID-19. The bus and coach industry in conjunction has also experienced several setbacks due to the existing level of demand and disruption in supply chain. In consideration of these factors along with preeminent concerns due to the current circumstances, the organisers have expressed their decision as an appropriate course of action.
A joint statement issued by Busworld International CVBA and Messe Frankfurt India stated: “The automotive industry is currently going through a period of uncertainty with manufacturers and component makers severely affected due to supply chain disruption. Therefore, we believe that waiting for the segment to recover would be the best course of action right now; so that the event can serve its objective of enabling business, knowledge and tech-exchange in a more meaningful way. As supply chains and trade routes reopen, Busworld India as a platform will enable the bus and coach industry to showcase their new launches and re-emerge as the backbone of domestic transportation in India.”
Despite the uncertainty this year, the organisers have ensured that the industry stays connected by initiating insightful interactions for the bus & coach industry through virtual mediums like webinars and will continue to explore digital mediums to enable knowledge exchange and networking within the fraternity until its next edition in 2022.