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In the midst of international concern over the Wuhan virus, industrial automation firm Yokogawa has postponed its upcoming users conference that was scheduled for February 5-7, 2020 at the Pattaya exhibition and convention hall (PEACH) in Pattaya, Thailand.

At this point, it is unclear when the conference will take place, but due to the unfolding situation brought on by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) it could be sometime before a rescheduled conference takes shape.

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“It is with the deepest regret that I announce the postponement of the Yokogawa Users Conference 2020, Asia Pacific scheduled for February 5th – 7th, 2020,” said Koen Leekens, executive VP, Yokogawa ASEAN in a released statement.

The conference – now in its fourth year – was due to bring hundreds of regional industry experts and users together under the theme “the power to transform” in what it hoped would be an exchange of knowledge and best practices in dealing with complex challenges with digital transformation expected to feature prominently.

 

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“As you may understand, we want this event to be an exciting and educational sharing experience between thought leaders foremost in a safe and comfortable environment,” said Leekens. “Due to the international health recommendations and necessary safety precautions following the 2019-nCoV outbreak, we would not be able to create an event that meets our standards and measures up to our reputation.”

“We remain committed to organising the “Power to Transform” user conference on a later date once the 2019-nCoV challenges have been resolved,” concluded Leekens in a statement.

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Hotel bookings between Feb 2-8, 2020 will be brought forward to the –  yet to be announced – rescheduled conference dates, according to the firm. Booking fees are also expected to be refunded for guests who have been charged through their credit cards.

At the time of writing, official figures estimate that nearly 10,000 people globally have been infected with the Wuhan virus; the majority from the Chinese province of Hubei. There are 14 confirmed cases of infection in Thailand with zero deaths reported outside of China.

For those seeking additional information on the conference, the organisers can be reached via conference@sg.yokogawa.com.

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