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Munich Fabric Start wants September show to go ahead despite coronavirus


Amid mass-cancellation of industry events in all parts of the world, the organiser of Munich Fabric Start has said it is working “at full capacity” to make sure the next edition can go ahead as planned from September 1-3.

Managing director, Sebastian Klinder, said on April 8 that the company’s aim is to remain flexible to be able to react as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to develop.

He said being able to offer textile industry professionals a platform to meet and exchange ideas in the near future will become “incredibly important”, and that Munich Fabric Start wanted to set an example.
However, creative director, Frank Junker, made it clear that the focus, for now anyway, is on how to set up the event assuming exhibitors and visitors will still be living with the risk of the coronavirus, rather than assume it can be post-coronavirus.

“We are already thinking about necessary modifications,” Mr Junker said. “In addition to hygiene measures, this may include for example, widening aisles between the stands to create the necessary distancing, possibly regulating access to the exhibition halls, distributing the visitor flow to avoid congestion, distance markings and digital ticketing.”