The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced the Taipei Plas trade show to cancel as an in-person event for the second straight year.
The fair, which had been scheduled for Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 in Taipei, will be replaced by an online exhibition and a series of digital events that will run from late September to late October, according to an announcement from the organizer, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.
This year's show had been planned to be held concurrently with the Shoe Tech fair, which will also be on the digital platform. The plastics show had been planning to use a hybrid digital and online version in 2021.
The plastics show is typically held every two years, in even numbered years, and had been originally scheduled in its normal rotation for September 2020, before it was postponed because of COVID-19 to this year.
The trade council said the next edition in-person for Taipei Plas will be Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, 2022. The show typically has about 20,000 visitors and 500 exhibiting companies.
Taiwan ranks among the world's largest exporters of plastics machinery and the show depends on foreign trade and overseas buying delegations.
The trade council said Taiwan's plastics machinery makers exported $899.5 million worth of equipment in 2020, ranking among the six largest exporting countries.