FABTECH 2019Click image to enlargeIt’s official, and not really a surprise. FABTECH Canada and MMTS have both cancelled their 2020 trade shows and conferences because of the global coronavirus lockdown.

 

“SME, along with our strategic partners including the Canadian Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (CMTDA), and Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) have made the decision to postpone MMTS,” wrote Julie Pike, the director of Canadian events at SME, of the event scheduled for May 11 – 13, 2020.

The announcement went on to say: “Unfortunately, given the volatile nature and duration of the circumstances surrounding this pandemic, we determined we could not with confidence assure the safety of the participants nor execute our mission to the standard of excellence that you have come to expect and that we constantly strive to attain. Accordingly, we opted to make this decision now in order to allow exhibitors, attendees, sponsors and other conference participants to plan with as much advance notice as possible.”

Pike did not mention a possible date to run MMTS later in the year.

In a similar letter, the partners that put on FABTECH Canada trade show in Toronto scheduled for June 16, 2020 have announced the cancellation of that event, and several others.

"This decision was not made without painstaking considerations. Ultimately, given the volatile nature and duration of the circumstances surrounding this pandemic, we determined we could not, with confidence, assure the safety of the participants nor execute our mission to the standard of excellence that you have come to expect and that we constantly strive to attain. Accordingly, we opted to make this decision now in order to allow exhibitors, attendees, sponsors and other conference participants to plan with as much advance notice as possible," the company said in a press release.

Cancelled are FABTECH Mexico and FABTECH Canada, with the Canadian show being postponed until June 2022.

So far, however, FABTECH 2020 in Las Vegas, November 18-20 is proceeding as planned.

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