The threat of getting infected with the coronavirus has already closed the doors of the Mobile World Congress 2020, which was scheduled to run next week in Barcelona, Spain. Now, Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany, is seeing a growing number of companies pull out of this event too, the latest of which is Toshiba.
“Toshiba withdraws from participation at Embedded World 2020,” said the company in a statement issued today. “This was after much deliberation and concerns for the health of its employees, customers and channel partners.”
Toshiba’s statement is the latest in a series of withdrawal announcements issued over the past week, from Mouser, Microchip, STMicroelectronics, ROHM Semiconductor, Arm, Kioxia, and many more, including distributor Digi-Key.
“This precautionary measure of withdrawing from participation at Embedded World 2020 is being taken to ensure the health and well-being of all Digi-Key team members, which is of utmost importance,” says Kevin Brown, Digi-Key vice president, brand and communications.
As of yesterday, 18th February, the event’s organisers confirm that “Embedded World 2020 will take place as planned from 25-27 February 2020 at the Nürnberg exhibition centre!”.
“Wash your hands,” is the advice given on the Embedded World frequently asked questions page: “Good hand hygiene is the most important and effective measure for personal protection,” whilst at the show.