Hannover/Paris. The French machinery and production engineering association SYMOP (Syndicat des Machines et Technologies de Production) has made a joint decision with Hannover Fairs International and its French branch office to cancel EXPOBOIS, the French tradeshow for the woodworking industry - originally scheduled to run from 13 to 16 March 2018 in Paris, Villepinte.

The organizers took this step in response to the reaction received so far from French woodworking machinery exhibitors. As a representative of the French woodworking machinery industry and proprietor of EXPOBOIS, SYMOP, together with its active organizing partner Deutsche Messe, saw no chance of bringing together the key market players in 2018 in a way that was capable of producing an economically feasible event to adequately reflect the spectrum of companies involved in the target industry.

Back in July 2016, the event organizers had already responded to exhibitor requests to postpone the event from November 2016 until March 2018.

SYMOP will decide on the ultimate fate of EXPOBOIS at a later point in time.

SYMOP has been a stakeholder and organizer of EXPOBOIS in Paris since 1961, while Deutsche Messe ranks among the world’s 1ß biggest tradeshow companies, owning and operating the world's largest exhibition grounds.