New Delhi, August 02 2021 || News Desk
Synopsis: The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has just announced that the 2022 Auto Expo will not be held in February next year. The society clarifies that the decision has been taken considering the fear looming around the third wave and the uncertainties continuing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SIAM underlines that being a B2C automobile show, it is desirable to have large crowds visit the venue, however, it would mean social distancing norms would be difficult to follow.
According to a Press Release Mr Rajesh Menon, Director General, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers SIAM, said, the Safety of Exhibitors, Visitors and all stakeholders involved and present at the Expo is the topmost priority for SIAM.
It is in this context that the Indian Automobile Industry and SIAM recognises the inherent risks in organising the Auto Expo due to the on-going Covid-19 Pandemic and the apprehensions of a possible 3rd Wave.
There is uncertainty around how COVID-19 would develop in the coming months and at the same time organising Auto Expo would need a lead time of preferably a year.
Also Auto Expo is like a festival of celebration, for the Indian Automobile Industry and we look forward to receiving maximum people with no fear of spread of infection.
The magnitude of the risk of spread of infection is extremely high in a B2C show like Auto Expo which is visited by large crowds and maintaining social distancing would be difficult.
It has therefore been decided to postpone the Auto Expo – The Motor Show for now.
The exact date for the next edition of Auto Expo – The Motor Show would be finalised later this year keeping in view the Covid situation and in alignment with the OICA Calendar of global Auto shows.
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) is a not-for-profit apex national body representing all major vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers in India. SIAM works towards supporting the sustainable development of the Indian Automobile Industry with the vision that India emerges as the destination of choice in the world for design and manufacture of automobiles. It also works towards facilitating enhancement of the competitiveness of the Indian Automobile Industry, reducing the cost of vehicles, increasing productivity, and achieving global standards of quality.
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