DEMO International, one of North America’s largest outdoor forestry equipment shows, has postponed its fall 2022 show another two years. The highly anticipated in-woods show, originally scheduled for fall 2020, is now planning for a 2024 event.
“As disappointing that this decision is, this deferral will put the show back on track with its typical four-year cycle and will provide time for the global economy and supply chains to recover,” show organizers said in an email to exhibitors. Preparations for the show site at SBC Cedar (SBC) in Gatineau, Que., were 75% complete when DEMO was originally postponed in 2020. The event was postponed again in 2021, but organizers say this year’s date was still too ambitious.
“…the collateral impacts of the pandemic over the last 20 months continues to raise concerns with respect to international travel restrictions, interruptions to the supply chain, impacting availability of raw materials, production, inventory levels and delivery timelines. Despite their best intentions, these challenges have made it extremely difficult for many manufacturers to maintain their participation in the 2022 show,” the email details.
DEMO International draws a large international crowd in addition to the Canadian contingent. Organizers said the 2024 date will likely see safer and more predictable travel conditions for all visitors and exhibitors. Show organizers are investigating new 2024 dates for the event, still set to take place at SBC Cedar.