As global coronavirus infections near 90,000, and the death toll passes 3,000, the global plastics industry is paying close attention to updates from the World Health Organization and other government health agencies to make decisions about canceling or postponing large gatherings.
The Inspired Home Show, the International Housewares Association's annual home and housewares market, planned for March 14-17, is one of the latest major trade events to cancel, announcing March 2 that the show was off. The group had said on Feb. 28 that the show would continue, but without China-based companies.
In a story on Crain's Chicago Business, IHA President Derek Miller said the group had been watching the situation for "several weeks" and made the decision after consulting with industry exhibitors and retailers.
"In the end, the global nature of our event, combined with the worldwide concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak and ongoing travel restrictions, make it impossible for us to hold the ... show next week," Miller's statement said.
The show is one of the biggest globally for makers of housewares, including plastics companies and suppliers, allowing them to interact with buyers from major international retailers. Organizers had expected 56,000 visitors.