Another postponement is on the cards for Refrigera 2021, announced by event organisers A151 Srl, following months of lengthy discussions with the various organisations involved in the project. Co-organisers from the Associazione dei Tecnici del Freddo (ATF) and Centro Studi Galileo have now given this difficult decision their full support.
This important Italian cold sector event, previously scheduled for 13th to 15th April, is now planned to take place from 30th June to 2nd July, in its usual location: Bologna. Although this decision was a tough one, all the partners and exhibitors involved approved it unanimously.
The reasons behind the postponement of Refrigera 2021
The press release in which the organisers confirmed the fair’s postponement, states that it would have been possible to go ahead with Refrigera 2021 on the dates originally planned.
However, the current scenario of ongoing uncertainty and the further rise in Covid cases, along with the subsequent extension of restrictions until the end of April, cannot offer sufficient guarantees for those involved in the project.
It was refrigerator manufacturers, the associations representing them and all the technicians and companies that work with the organisation who all requested a further postponement of the event, despite a real need for companies in that sector to be able to meet during the first third of 2021.
This is because, after more than two years without any face to face meetings, there is the necessity to guarantee total and complete interaction with the public. The desire is therefore to offer those taking part in the fair more opportunities for exchange under the best possible conditions.
Many positive signs despite the postponement
A151 Srl has highlighted that Refrigera 2021 registrations continue to increase, reflecting a high level of interest on the part of all those involved in the project as well as potential visitors. With this increase in the number of participants the programme must be extended to offer even more conferences and events.
This means that scrupulous organisation will be required; the remaining time available will be used to plan and schedule the various activities, so that visitors can enjoy them during the event.
The Refrigera fair confirms Italy’s role as leader in the industrial, commercial and logistics refrigeration sector. It therefore deserves the investment of considerable effort, as the organisers want to guarantee an optimal visitor experience. Not only from a business point of view, but also with regard to the safety of all those attending the event.
The extra two months’ time before the event will make it easier to prepare the appropriate health measures well, to permit the event’s success without causing any hindrance to the presentations or exhibitors.
It is hoped of course that the coronavirus will loosen its grip during the summer and that restrictions on movement will be either completely or at least partially removed. Organisers are hoping for this as they want to be able to cater for what is expected to be a huge number of participants.
All that remains is to wait until late June to find out all the latest news and developments regarding the cold sector.
Translated by Joanne Beckwith