Volvo withdraws from ConExpo 2020


All business areas within the Volvo Group including Mack have withdrawn from next week’s ConExpo in Las Vegas due to Coronavirus concerns

Volvo Group, including Volvo Construction Equipment and Mack Trucks, announced its decision to not attend ConExpo 2020 in Las Vegas due to the outbreak and continuing concerns relating to the Coronavirus Covid-19.

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In a statement released, Volvo Construction said with California joining Washington State and Florida in declaring a state of emergency to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus Covid-19, all business areas within the Volvo Group have decided to withdraw from their participation in the upcoming ConExpo.

This includes all relevant Volvo business areas, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Penta, Volvo Financial Services, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, SDLG and Terex Trucks. "We are great supporters of ConExpo, and despite being in advanced preparations for this year’s event, we believe it is the right thing to do to withdraw at this late stage.

Our first concern is the wellbeing of employees, customers and the wider public," says Melker Jernberg, executive vice president of Volvo CE. "It’s very disappointing not to be attending, but our first priority is the health and safety of our employees and others. Given this, it is with reluctance that it has been decided not to participate in this year’s show."

In a statement issued on 5 March, Association of Equipment Manufacturers listed exhibitors who intended to come for the expo. This included Caterpillar Inc., Liebherr, CASE Construction Equipment, Komatsu, John Deere Construction/Hitachi Construction, Tadano Ltd Main, Kobelco Construction Machinery, Doosan Bobcat, and more.

The statement added that there had been more than 16,000 new attendee registrations since 21 February. "Tadano is moving forward with our plans to bring our customers a successful CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020," said Ingo Schiller, CEO of Tadano America Corporation in the press release.

"Safety is our core value and always a top priority. We are actively monitoring the WHO and CDC to determine the most responsible course of action, following their recommendations and best practices that include a no handshake policy for the show, a cleaning crew to wipe down surfaces during show hours, and hand sanitizing stations around the booth area.

Tadano looks forward to having a safe and successful CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020." AEM previously announced its decision for a ‘no handshake’ policy at the event. Show management will have buttons and stickers available on a first-come-first-served basis on-site and will also have signs throughout the show for germ protocol.

"We’re confident that if everyone follows good hygiene and health protocols, especially those we’re going out of our way to remind people of, everyone will have a successful time at the show, and go home healthy," says Dana Wuesthoff, ConExpo show director. "We’re doing everything we can to put on a safe show, and ask all exhibitors and attendees do the same for everyone’s sake."

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