FABTECH istory image 6 Universal Robots SnapWeld demo Attendee crowdClick image to enlargeAfter a long process of watching and waiting, North America’s largest fabricating, forming, welding and finishing event has been cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

“After ongoing consultation and extensive efforts to identify alternatives to present the event this year, we have determined we have no choice but to cancel FABTECH 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” show organizers said in a statement, adding that the “ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made holding an event in Las Vegas in November impossible.”

FABTECH is run by a group of associations including the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA), the American Welding Society (AWS), The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and the Chemical Coaters Association (CCA).

“Ultimately, the volatile nature and duration of the circumstances surrounding this pandemic left us with no alternative but to cancel FABTECH 2020. This decision is one we hoped to avoid having to make, but we know the FABTECH community will understand the reasons for it,” show organizers said.

With the 2020 event cancelled, the group is now focusing on 2021 with FABTECH events in Monterrey, Mexico on May 4-6, 2021 and Chicago on Sept. 13-16, 2021. The consortium has vowed to also “continue to actively explore enhancements to our digital experience that extend the knowledge sharing and community building that make FABTECH unique in our industry.”

Details for exhibitors and attendees

Any exhibitors who signed contracts for the event will be contacted directly by their FABTECH sales representative in the coming weeks to handle arrangements for booth payments. Exhibitors may choose to receive a refund of all their payments, or have a portion of the 2020 payments be transferred to the 2021 event.

Attendees who have prepaid will receive an email with full details regarding their 2020 registration and any applicable refunds.

Show organizers did not handle any airfare reservations, however if you booked a hotel room through onPeak, your reservation will be canceled by onPeak. If you booked a hotel through a different provider, you need to cancel the reservation yourself.

Keep an eye on www.fabtechexpo.com and its social media platforms in the coming weeks and months for more details on digital experiences taking place in lieu of the live event.

Attendee registration for FABTECH 2021 will open in January 2021 while exhibitor details for the Mexico and Chicago events will be available on www.fabtechexpo.com in Fall 2020.

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