UPDATE on CAMX 2020
COVID-19 has impacted virtually all aspects of the composites and advanced materials industries. From manufacturers temporarily closing their businesses, reducing production, or just learning new ways to work remotely, and while it is beginning to show signs of recovery, the industry is much different today than it was just two months ago. As you know, industry events have been postponed, canceled, or in some cases, transformed into other forms of content delivery. Decisions like these are not easy.
To that end, after many weeks of discussion and careful analysis, CAMX leadership has decided to transform CAMX 2020 into a completely virtual event, replete with conference programming, a virtual trade show, and plenty of networking. We considered many factors, including exhibitor feedback, ongoing travel restrictions, and a recent increase in COVID-19 cases reported in Florida. While this has been a challenging decision, delivering a dynamic education and exhibition experience and ensuring the health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors remains our top priority. The virtual CAMX experience will allow the entire global composites and advanced materials community to network, share, and learn together during these unprecedented times.
We know you have questions, and we are working hard to deliver answers as soon as we have them. Here is what we do know:
- CAMX will kick-off its virtual events starting in mid-September.
- CAMX is ready to provide its attendees and exhibitors with the education, networking, and demonstrations that you have come to expect, but for this year, these will be presented in a virtual space.
- There will be opportunities for attendees and exhibitors to engage directly, while showcasing the latest brands, products, and advances to the industry.
- There will be occasions to celebrate; awards will be given, networking will happen, and the show management will do everything we can to surprise and delight our attendees and exhibitors.
Even though we will not be together in person this year, we still want to provide those who would visit CAMX, both attendees and exhibitors, with opportunities to network with industry peers and to advance their technical knowledge.
There is much to work out, and the CAMX team is working as quickly as possible to provide the answers you need.
From the CAMX Steering Committee, and the staff at SAMPE and ACMA, thank you for your patience, your business, and most importantly, your loyalty as we navigate these uncharted waters together. We truly appreciate your support and are excited to provide this dynamic opportunity for the composites industry.
CAMX Steering Committee Chair
Gregg B. Balko, FASAE, CAE