The Committee of the European Manufacturers of Petroleum Measuring and Distributing Equipment (CECOD) has made an official statement in support of the decision to postpone the UNITI Expo trade show until spring 2022, due to the increasing spread of COVID-19. UNITI Expo, since its launch in 2014, has been staged every two years in Stuttgart, Germany, and the next event was due to be held in May of this year. When concern over the spread of COVID-19 was raised at the start of 2020, the show was postponed to February 2021.
As new cases of the virus still continue to rise in Europe, the timing of the event has been re-evaluated by the organisers and in the best interests of both visitors and exhibitors, has now been rescheduled for May 2022. The official dates for the show will be released at the end of this month.
CECOD members represent 30 of the world’s leading manufacturers of petrol filling station equipment, including fuel dispensers, dispenser components, point-of-sale and fuel management systems, payment systems and price signs. The organisation also has members which manufacturer industrial meters and systems for use with fuels, such as road tanker mounted equipment. CECOD, together with the UNITI Expo committee and the German Trade Association for service stations, was instrumental in bringing the first UNITI Expo trade fair to market in 2014, with its members voting unanimously to support a new European exhibition dedicated to the interests of the international retail fuel and fuel handling sector.
Lise-Lotte Nordholm, CECOD Chairman, said in a statement: “This is an important outcome for our members who play a key role in this trade fair. The fight against the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing and the industry as a whole has to be prepared to respond swiftly to all eventualities. The decision taken by UNITI to move the exhibition on to 2022 was taken in the best interests of everyone connected with the show and CECOD fully support this initiative.”
In the world of fuel dispensing and industrial measuring equipment, CECOD provides its members with the latest information on key regulations impacting the industry. It also provides a technical forum to influence upcoming regulatory changes in Europe.
CECOD is active in the fields of safety, legal metrology and environmental regulations and is the world’s leading expert in explosion safety on petrol filling station forecourts, measurement of fuels and vapour recovery, with technical committee members having key roles in the bodies which write the European standards and guides.
Members come from many European countries and have major influence at both European and international levels. CECOD has an active technical committee with a number of subgroups, with members selecting the disciplines in which they want to become involved.
Alfons Haar, ALMA metering & transfer solutions, BiCA petrol station technology, CETIL dispensing technology, CODAB, DOMS, Dover Fueling Solutions, DÜRR Technik, Elaflex, Fafnir, Faure Herman, Flammer, TechnipFMC, Gilbarco Veeder- Root, Franklin Fueling Systems, Hectronic, Huth, Isoil Impianti, Lafon, OPW, Pernin, Petrotec Group, PWM, Scheidt & Bachmann, TSG, Fuel Management Technologies and Lantzerath-Group.