ITT Hub 2020 has been postponed until 12 and 13 May 2021 in response to the current coronavirus outbreak.

Organised by Binswood Media with FTA support, the new show is designed to showcase innovation and technology in road freight transport.

However, the company said it had now taken the decision to postpone the launch event planned to take place at Farnborough International Conference & Exhibition Centre on the 13 and 14 May 2020.

"This decision has not been taken lightly but has been made in the best interests of exhibitors, visitors and staff, and is fully supported by ITT Hub’s commercial and event partners," a statement from Binswood Media said.

"The wellbeing and safety of all stakeholders is, and will always remain, an absolute priority. Binswood Media and its strategic partner FTA, together with its host venue Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, remain fully committed to the ITT Hub concept, which is set to change the face of transport events."

The company added that the postponement has been taken as early as possible in response to requests from partners and major exhibitors, whose evolving emergency measures to deal with the Covid-19 threat will preclude them from attending.

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Making the announcement at this stage will also enable stakeholders to avoid incurring additional costs in preparation for the show, it explained.

Added Binswood Media chief executive Mark Griffin: “The decision to postpone the first edition of ITT Hub is one that has been made with great reluctance and a heavy heart. However, we are operating in exceptional and fast-moving circumstances and I have been in active dialogue with many of our key stakeholders in recent days. They firmly share my belief that it is in the best interests of all concerned to take decisive action now, so that everyone can plan accordingly, as well as focus on immediate priorities.

“In considering the options regarding the rescheduling of the event, we have looked at a number of factors such as likely length of Coronavirus-related impact, venue availability, the industry calendar and the seasonal dimension with it being both an outdoor and indoor event. We have concluded that putting ITT Hub back a full year to the dates already announced for the 2021 event is the best solution.

“By taking this approach in, what are, truly exceptional circumstances and with the continued positivity, support and commitment that has shaped our journey so far, we put ourselves in the best position possible to deliver the inaugural, forward thinking ITT Hub in 2021 which our industry can be proud of.”

Binswood Media added that all those who have booked stand space for 2020 will have their bookings honoured for the 2021 event. Its team will be in contact with exhibitors on an individual basis in the coming days to discuss the details around this.

Further information about the rescheduled event will be made available at www.itthub.co.uk in due course.