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Digital Signage Expo faces extinction

US-based Digital Signage Expo (DSE) is set to disappear from the sign industry’s calendar after it was confirmed that the industry event’s parent company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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Digital Signage Expo 2020 has officially been cancelled

This year’s edition of DSE had originally been due to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, but was pushed back twice due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The rearranged event was scheduled to run from November 10th to 12th, but this has now been cancelled outright after organiser Exponation LLC filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the US.

Terms of the filing state that Exponation will liquidate all of its assets and close permanently, with the business to shut down with immediate effect.

This effectively spells the end for DSE, as well as the other events that were run by Exponation, including DigitalSignageConnection.com, LED Specifier Summit, LightShow West and West Coast Lighting Inside.

It is not yet clear how this will impact those companies that had place deposits to exhibit at the 2020 event, nor if they will have their funds returned.

The DSE held annually was a focal point for bringing together our membership

Responding to the news, US industry trade body the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) offered its condolences to those impacted by the bankruptcy. Since 2011, the DSF had been the official association of the DSE.

“The DSE held annually was a focal point for bringing together our membership,” the DSF says, adding: “The leadership of the DSF wishes our friends and colleagues at DSE the best in their future endeavours.

“The DSF, made up of representatives from member companies, will continue its work on behalf of members, our industry, and those looking to be more educated about digital signage.

“Now, more than ever, the tool of digital signage has such an important role to play in creating safe environments and moving our economy forward.  

“When it is allowed and advisable, we look forward to meeting again because our members and our industry needs it.”

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