The organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, who postponed the event in Brussels this week due to the terrorist attacks in the city, have contacted exhibitors and visitors to thank them for being so supportive during a very difficult day.
The exhibition was set up and ready to open at Brussels Expo on 22 March when the terrorist bombs exploded at Brussels airport and at a city centre metro station, causing the organisers Crain Communications (which publishes Plastics News Europe) and the Plastics Recyclers Europe Association to cancel the event.
The organisers sent the following statement to exhibitors and pre-registered visitors on 23 March:
“There can be no doubt that yesterday [22 March] was a very dark day for Brussels, Belgium and for Europe. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the people, families and friends of those affected by the terrible incidents that have taken place. We also hope that all of those involved in the PRS Europe event were safely able to return home yesterday.
"Our priority was and remains with the safety and security of our exhibitors, visitors, staff, suppliers and all those involved in the PRS Europe event. We would very much like to express our thanks to all of those involved for their calm and professional actions during such a difficult day.
"We would also like to thank those exhibitors and visitors who have been so very supportive of the decision to cancel/postpone the event at such short notice.
"We believe that the positive support the event has received would again back a decision to re-organise at a later date, but that the time is not right yet to make this decision.
"All parties will now consider the options available and we will keep you informed of any decisions at a suitable time in the near future.”
This was the second time PRS Europe was prevented from going ahead. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Brussels on 25 and 26 November 2015, but was cancelled after Belgian authorities placed Brussels in a security lock-down after the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier in November.