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Meetings Called Off for COVID-19

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The COVID-19 outbreak led to the cancellation multiple conferences and trade shows. More events on the metals calendar remained up in the air at press time.

FABTECH Mexico, which had been scheduled for May 12-14 in Mexico City, has been canceled. The next installment of the event will take place next May in Monterrey. No decision has yet been made on June’s FABTECH Canada.

The Copper and Brass Servicenter Association canceled its 2020 Annual Convention due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. The event was planned for March 24-26 at Lost Pines Resort outside Austin, Texas.

Platts also canceled its mid-March North American Steel Conference in Chicago. The company was exploring ways to deliver the material to scheduled attendees virtually.

Also in March, the MSCI called off its Specialty Metals event planned for Indian Wells, Calif. MSCI was exploring the possibility of rescheduling the event for later in the year.

Executives cited the dual threat of the spread of the virus coupled with many companies crackdowns on travel behind the decisions.

In April, the Aluminum Association’s Spring Meeting scheduled April 20-22 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has been canceled. The association is looking at providing a virtual meeting during a similar time frame. 

Additionally, the Aluminum Extruders Council postponed the International Aluminum Technology Seminar & Exposition, scheduled May 19-21 in Orlando. In addition to the other factors, the European travel ban announced by President Trump contributed to the AEC’s decision to move the event to a later date.