FABTECH has become the latest casualty of the coronavirus, as organizers have canceled the 2020 event. The show had been scheduled for November in Las Vegas.
"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," a statement on the home page of the show declared.
"We know how important FABTECH is to move business forward, showcase and learn about new technologies first-hand, make new connections and conduct profitable business. We continue to believe strongly in the power of an in-person event to discover, educate, and motivate the metal fabrication industry. Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made holding an event in Las Vegas in November impossible."
With the event shuttered, the next FABTECH event is scheduled for May 4-6 in Monterrey, Mexico. The next U.S. event is scheduled for Sept. 13-16 in Chicago. The U.S. date is earlier than the past, as FABTECH organizers announced plans to shift the Chicago event to the summer in 2019.