IIR Exhibitions and its joint partners, China Theatrical Equipment Association (CTEA) and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Beijing Sub-Council (CCPIT), announced today the postponement of CALM Expo 2003. CALM Expo is a major annual industry event for China’s professional sound, light, and music industry. This exhibition is expected to be the biggest ever, with 600 exhibiting companies from 15 countries represented, occupying a total exhibition area of 46,000 sq. m (511,100 sq. ft.). Previously scheduled for May 16-19, 2003, at the China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing, the new show dates will be made available soon.

The decision to reschedule the exhibition was made following consultation with exhibitors in light of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in China and in view of the new SARS statistics released from China over the weekend, said Rosalind Ng-Seah, deputy managing director of IIR Exhibitions. "The attendees’ health & safety is of utmost concern; therefore, we have decided to postpone the event to a later date," Ng-Seah said.

For more information on CALM Expo 2003, visit www.iirx.com.sg.