Adobe has announced it’s withdrawing from this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 (the coronavirus). In the brief statement, embedded below, Adobe says it is disappointed it has to make this decision but says ‘the health and safety of our employees, customers and partners are always our priority.’
This announcement comes just days after both AJA and Nikon confirmed the companies wouldn’t be attending NAB 2020. With respect to this year’s NAB Show, the organizers have a webpage dedicated to information about COVID-19 and how the show will be different this year. NAB is still scheduled to take place April 18-22. We have contacted the organizers of the NAB Show for comment regarding the departure of Adobe, AJA and Nikon. We will update this article accordingly if we receive a response.
Adobe Withdraws from NAB Show 2020
Each year, we look forward to seeing our video community at NAB to talk about the latest trends and our product innovations. Over the past few weeks, we have been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation around COVID-19 and have made the difficult but important decision to cancel our presence at the show this year.
While we are disappointed, the health and safety of our employees, customers and partners are always our priority. We look forward to engaging with our NAB community through a digital experience in the near future.
Adobe and Nikon withdrawing from the NAB Show follow on the heels of the annual CP+2020 show in Japan being canceled at the end of February. The impact of COVID-19 has been felt outside of the realm of tradeshows as well, with the virus affecting the supply chains for camera manufacturers. Nikon has just announced that the release of the Nikon D6 flagship DSLR camera has been delayed from this month until May. Canon has proactively suspended production at three of its plants in Japan.
The COVID-19 coronavirus has already had a large impact on industries around the world, including the photo industry, and companies are working hard to mitigate the risk for their employees. As governments and health agencies around the world work to better understand and contain COVID-19, it is difficult to predict the extent of the impact that the virus will have on the photo industry, but it’s safe to expect today’s announcement from Adobe is not the last of its kind we will hear in the coming weeks and months. For more information on how COVID-19 is affecting the photo industry, click here.