Chili publish has cancelled its plans to exhibit at drupa 2020 due to concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Belgian company had been one around 1800 companies set to showcase its products in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 16 – 26 June. The last edition of the exhibition, in 2016, welcomed 260,165 visitors from 183 different countries. 

Chili had planed to demonstrate the new features within Chili publisher, its software for smart artwork and marketing material creation. However, ‘By putting the health and safety of its global team first, the management hopes to further reduce large-scale exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensure business continuity.’

In a statement the company said, ‘Chili publish is taking all precautions as advised by leading health organisations in its personal and business environments. With the public health risks related to coronavirus continuing to grow, statistics urged the CHILI publish management to revise its attendance at large-scale, international gatherings. The company therefore regrets the cancellation at the key print event that only takes place every four years.’

Kevin Goeminne, CEO, added, ‘drupa is the highlight for anyone in print and packaging. Our team worked hard to deliver new features within the Smart Templates in CHILI publisher, as requested by B2B printers, brand owners and agencies. However, we have a responsibility towards our team, partners, customers and the whole community worldwide to ensure that business continuity and full operability prevail at all times.’