CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE COVID-19 UPDATES

Updated March 24, 8:21 am

We recognize the immense impact that the current COVID-19 pandemic is having on our exhibitors and attendees. Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our audiences, including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the show.  At this time, we have no official information from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Southern Nevada Health District regarding occurrences of COVID-19 from people at the show. If we learn of any official occurrences of COVID-19 from the CDC or the Southern Nevada Health District, we will communicate that information in a timely manner.

Updated March 19, 12:55 pm

We understand that the status of COVID 19 continues to change throughout the world since holding CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE. We have proactively reached out to the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and the agency has suggested that we remind all our attendees to continue to monitor your health and be guided by, and follow, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention alerts and advisories. To access those please go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html We will provide any updates we receive from SNHD on our website as they become available.

Updated March 12, 5:00 pm

CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE Statement Regarding Closing 1 Day Early, Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m.
 
Due to the growing concerns about COVID-19, the travel restrictions put in place by the President and changing corporate travel policies that impact many of our attendees and exhibitors, we have made the decision to close CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE one day early, closing on Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m.
 
We made this decision based on conversations with our AEM officers and other leadership, several top exhibitors, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the office of the Nevada Governor.
 
As we have said from early February when the first news of COVID-19 became available, we were committed to monitoring the situation daily and keeping our top priority focused on the health and safety of all participants at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2020, including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the show.
 
After 5 p.m. on March 13, we will begin to dismantle booths and begin the scheduled process of removing equipment from the show floor.
 
A press release announcing final attendance and more information will be provided soon.
 
We thank our exhibitors, attendees, vendors and the City of Las Vegas for its support throughout this week.

Updated March 9, 5:48 pm

What happens if someone presents flu-like symptoms at the shows?
  • Our first aid professional service provider and a nurse will be readily available to provide medical assistance onsite to any individuals that needs medical assistance. We have five first aid stations onsite at the shows.
  • These stations have a screening protocol in place.
  • If after the screening it is determined an individual presents with COVID-19 like symptoms they will be taken by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital.
  • Per LVCC protocol, anyone not willing to do so will be escorted off the property.
  • Our first aid professional service provider has ensured us they would be able to treat a mass breakout of the virus, working closely with the fire department and local hospitals.
  • At this time, any testing for COVID-19 would be managed by local hospitals and/or the CDC.
  • We will always defer to the professional health agencies on such matters.
  • To stay updated on the latest cancellations please reference our directory.
Updated March 8, 5:14 pm
  • CONEXPO-CON/AGG no major exhibitors have cancelled from CONEXPO-CON/AGG and these companies have reconfirmed their commitment to participate. We appreciate their leadership and commitment to our industry, your customers and our members.
  • To put it in perspective, regardless of what you are hearing about mass cancellations, a total of 66,950 net sq. ft. of exhibit space has been cancelled out of 2.694 million net sq. ft., or roughly 2.48% for CONEXPO-CON/AGG.
  • We have already resold 15,500 sq. ft. of this cancelled exhibit space.
  • We will go into the show with one of the largest CONEXPO-CON/AGGs ever.
  • For attendance, we have added 16,383 new registrants since Feb. 21 when the travel restrictions and coronavirus started to have an impact. That total is far outpacing the last show and also our cancellations to date.
  • Customer cancellations are focused on international registrants and some big U.S. corporate customers placing travel restrictions.
  • Total registrations as of yesterday is over 118,000 and climbing. Even if the cancellations total 10,000, which they don’t, we have over 100,000 registrants and climbing.
  • These are your customers who have paid to come to the show and are expecting to see and purchase your equipment. They are committed to attending.
  • IFPE has received cancellations due to a large international exhibitor presence and corporate travel policies.
  • Five major IFPE exhibitors – Parker Hannifin, Eaton, Danfoss, Bosch Rexroth, Sun Hydraulics, and Hydac – have cancelled, bringing the total to 45,000 sq. ft. or 26% of the 172,500 sq. ft. of floor space.
  • Even with these cancellations, 74% of exhibit space remains. That is over 300 exhibitors on the show floor.
  • The reconfigured show floor looks great and we’ve provided additional space for entertainment for the Fluid Power Hour reception on Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm.
Updated March 6, 4:30 pm
  • Travel restrictions related to international travel and corporate policies have impacted some companies that planned to exhibit at the show. 
  • The CONEXPO-CON/AGG cancellations that we’ve received represent 66,650 square feet out of 2.694 million net sq. ft. of exhibit space, which represents 2.47 percent of the total space. We’ve re-sold 15,000 square feet of this cancelled space.
  • Volvo CE continues to have their display at the show with hired staff. See more detail here.
  • No major exhibitors have cancelled from CONEXPO-CON/AGG and many companies are reconfirming their commitment to participate. We appreciate their leadership and commitment to our industry, equipment end-users and our members.
  • We may see more cancellations, but the majority of cancellations have been limited to booths 400 sq. ft. and under.
  • We have already resold 15,500 sq. ft. of this cancelled exhibit space.
  • For attendance, we have added 18,000 new registrants since Feb. 21 when the travel restrictions and coronavirus started to have an impact. That total is far outpacing the last show and also our cancellations to date.
  • Customer cancellations are focused on international registrants and some big U.S. corporate customers placing travel restrictions.
  • Total registrations as of yesterday is over 120,000 and climbing. Even if the cancellations total 10,000, which they don’t to date, we have a huge audience of customers coming to the show. 
  • For IFPE, the event has been harder hit by cancellations due to the large international exhibitor presence and corporate travel policies.
  • The IFPE cancellations that we’ve received represent 34,680 square feet, which represents about 20 percent of the show floor. We’ve re-sold 3,300 square feet of this cancelled space.
Updated March 6, 2:30 pm

Many of our exhibitors have teams already onsite setting up for the shows, and we want to assure you of the following:
  • Our top priority is focused on the health and safety of all participants at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2020, including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the show.
  • We are proceeding as planned to hold a safe and successful CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE in Las Vegas, March 10-14.
  • On the attendee side, we have had China-based registrants cancel due to the travel restrictions and, more recently, a small number of registrants from Italy and Korea. We anticipate some additional impact from international registrants in the affected countries. That said, advance registration is well ahead of the 2017 show and we anticipate 130,000+ attendees
  • Most of our top exhibitors have been onsite for weeks moving in equipment and setting up their booth space. These exhibitors have been following the move-in schedule protocols and we anticipate all exhibitors will be moved in and ready for the shows’ opening day on Tuesday, March 10. View current exhibitor list and cancellations.

Ultimately, we encourage everyone to make responsible decisions and stay home if they are sick.  Our Show Management has dedicated resources to provide quick responses to inquiries related to COVID-19.  Attendees and exhibitors with questions or concerns are encouraged to email our response team at customerservice@aem.org.

Please know we are committed to hosting safe and successful shows. Our top priority is focused on the health and safety of all participants at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2020, including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the shows.

What is Show Management doing to prepare for the shows in regards to COVID-19?

  • We are closely monitoring the news and will follow any protocols that are provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We encourage exhibitors and attendees to take common-sense precautions by using hand sanitizer and following these guidelines set by the CDC when they are onsite at the show.
  • We are working closely with all show partners including the Las Vegas Convention Center, the airport authority and hotels to ensure the safety of all show participants.
  • We are taking steps to address concerns by providing heightened levels of cleanliness, including:
    • Working with the LVCC to ensure additional hand sanitizers will be provided throughout the shows, including Festival Grounds and Westgate.
    • Providing hand sanitizers in all registration areas, media rooms, information stands, the international trade center, meeting/education spaces, workforce and VIP areas, including several areas on the show grounds.
    • Providing additional hand sanitizers and cleaning protocols in all monorail stations.
    • Adding staff to increase cleaning of all common areas using strong disinfectant to clean those areas used more frequently, especially tables, keyboards/screens, door handles, etc.
    • Working with Centerplate concessions to ensure following of all protocols followed by the health department.
    • Encouraging a “no handshake” policy onsite and we are providing buttons and stickers to attendees and exhibitors. Some exhibitors are choosing to print their own for staff and customers.
Have the shows been impacted by COVID-19?
  • Some of our international exhibitors and attendees have been impacted by COVID-19 due to the travel restrictions, and the spread of the virus in China, Italy, South Korea. For the safety of everyone we are working to accommodate registration cancellations for individuals impacted by the travel ban.
  • Due to the travel restrictions resulting from COVID-19, many China-based exhibitors and attendees will not be able to participate in CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2020. China-based companies with North American-based operations and staff (not impacted by the travel restrictions), will exhibit at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE as planned. This includes two Wuhan-based Chinese exhibitors. One has cancelled their participation in CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE due to the travel restrictions. The other exhibitor has operations and staff based in Canada and will exhibit at the show as planned.
  • Overall, the expected cancellations of China-based exhibitors and attendees will have a very limited impact on the shows, representing less than two percent of the almost 2.694 million net square feet of exhibit space and one percent of registrations. These newly available spaces will be offered to the companies on the waiting list.
What happens if someone presents flu-like symptoms at the shows?
  • Our first aid professional service provider will be readily available to provide medical assistance onsite to any individuals that needs medical assistance. We have five first aid stations onsite at the shows.
  • Our first aid professional service provider has ensured us they would be able to treat a mass breakout of the virus, working closely with the fire department and local hospitals.
  • At this time, any testing for COVID-19 would be managed by local hospitals and/or the CDC.
How many registrants are from international countries?
  • 92% of registrants are from North America
  • 8% are from international countries outside of North America
  • 2.5% of total registrations are from Asia and many of them have cancelled
Will you refund my registration fee if I choose to not attend the shows?
  • Our attendee show rules and regulations state that we do not offer refunds for badge fees due to cancellations.
  • However, due to the unique issue of the Coronavirus and the travel restrictions, Show Management and the CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE Management Committees will review this as a potential exception to our show rules and regulations due to the travel restrictions due to government issued travel restrictions. We will inform you of the final decision after the show.
  • To make an official request for a refund, please email registration@aem.org
What are you doing to prevent those from high-risk areas from attending the shows?
  • The initial travel ban from China has restricted China-based individuals from attending the shows. In addition, the ongoing quarantines from other countries, including Italy, Japan, Korea, have also restricted some individuals from attending the shows.
  • We are communicating to individuals from these countries that we will consider badge refunds to those impacted by the travel ban.  Per our show rules and regulations, we normally do not offer refunds, but due to the unique situation of COVID-19, we will consider badge refunds to encourage those from high-risk areas to not travel to Las Vegas. All requests for refunds will be considered by the CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE Management Committees. The Committees’ recommendations are subject to review by the show owners. To make an official request for a refund, please email registration@aem.org
  • We are encouraging everyone to make responsible decisions to stay home if they are sick and to not travel if they are traveling from high-risk areas.
  • We are working with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority the Southern Nevada Health District and the CDC as they manage visitors to the area.
  • Several exhibitors have informed us that they have made the decision to not allow their staff from high-risk areas to attend the shows.
  • We have been in contact with McCarran Airport and they have informed us that no flights from China are allowed to land at McCarren and they are following protocols set by Trump administration