In a context marked both by the sanitary crisis linked to the Covid-19 epidemic and by the prospect of an unprecedented recession, more and more key players in the cosmetics industry would like to draw a line under all trade fairs still scheduled for 2020.

UNITIS, the European organization of cosmetic ingredients industries and services, and EFfCI, the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients, have publicly requested that the trade fairs still scheduled for this year be postponed to 2021. The in-cosmetics Global show, supposed to be held from October 6 to 8, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain, is the main target of these requests but not the only one.

Both organizations believe that protecting the health of everyone in the industry should come before any other consideration. They also highlight the uncertainties concerning the possibility to travel, especially from one country to another, and the harsh business context.

Furthermore, several major players in cosmetic packaging have joined their voices to this movement and sent a “manifesto” to the organizers of Luxe Pack Monaco requesting the postponement of the event scheduled for September 28-30, 2020. Among the twenty signatories are big names in luxury packaging, including Albéa, Aptar, Axilone, Bormioli Luigi, Baralan, Coster, EuroVetrocap, Geka, Gerresheimer, Heinz Glas, Lumson, Medicos, Meiyume, Pivaudran, PSB, Stoelzle, and Zignago Vetro, among others.

However, for the organizers of these events, the situation is very complex, mixing financial and legal considerations. Financial issues are obviously important, but not the only ones. In the absence of any formal ban from public authorities, a unilateral cancellation could place event organizers at odds with their legal bindings regarding exhibitors that would oppose the cancellation. For the moment, all of the organisers are in any case ensuring that they closely monitor the situation and work to implement all required sanitary measures in order to hold their event. To be continued….