In the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, measures are being tightened up worldwide, curfews are being imposed and everyday working life is being severely restricted. Nearly all branches of industry are affected, all companies, large and small, are suffering from the current situation. It is therefore hardly surprising that numerous industry events in the automotive industry are also being cancelled or postponed. In view of the risks of the as yet unchecked spread of the coronas virus (COVID-19) in many countries and the associated travel restrictions in many companies, more and more organisers are canceling larger events in order to avoid unnecessarily jeopardising the health of speakers, exhibitors, visitors, media representatives and employees.
For instance, the well-known international symposium in Stuttgart was cancelled, as was the VDA Technical Congress in Berlin, both of which were to have taken place in March. The following applies to both events: no alternative date in 2020, postponement to 2021. The International Vienna Motor Symposium, which is one of the world’s leading events of its kind, is taking a different path. Although the congress originally planned for the end of April has been cancelled as such, the organisers would like to provide visitors to the event with a video presentation of all the planned lectures. This also affects KEYOU, as KEYOU would have been present in Vienna both as an exhibitor and with a lecture. Interestingly enough, the topic of hydrogen engines would have been discussed twice at this important event. After all, prior to KEYOU’s presentation in the Zeremoniensaal on 24 April, Prof. Eichlseder and Dr. Schaffer from Graz University of Technology and Dr. Schünemann and Dr. Pauer from Bosch would have spoken about “H2 ICE for future passenger cars and light commercial vehicles”.
Although we were looking forward to all these events, especially to Vienna, because we would have been allowed to give a lecture here, just as in Stuttgart, Brussels at the “Hydrogen & Fuel Cells for Heavy Duty Transport” or in Maastricht at the SVG Road Transport Cooperative, it is also clear that in times like these the health of everyone has absolute priority and everything else must take second place. Stay healthy! And we will continue to stay on the ball as best we can!