The longstanding industry trade shows made announcements this week as the industry continues to rewrite its calendar to account for COVID-19.
The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) announced Monday it will hold its 2021 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition from April 12-15, 2021, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Originally scheduled for March 8-11, leadership at TMC and ATA have made the decision to move the meeting back to April, while remaining in Orlando.
The NTEA followed on Tuesday with the announcement that its 2021 Work Truck Week, which includes the Work Truck Show, will be held virtually from March 8-12. The Work Truck Show is normally held on-site in Indianapolis.
Regarding the TMC schedule change, ATA President and CEO Chris Spear says “as we continue to monitor news related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we believe altering our plans for our Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition is the best and safest way to bring our industry together.”
“If this year has taught us anything, it is the value of being nimble and flexible,” adds Robert Braswell, TMC Executive Director. “So, I’d like to thank all of our event partners, including the Orange County Convention Center, for working with us to continue putting on the type of event TMC is known for. Based on conversations with TMC members and the allied community, there is strong support to meet in person next year, and we hope that this minor change will ensure that is possible.”
Braswell adds that TMC leadership will continue to closely monitor conditions in Florida and around the country and will make adjustments to the program as the situation warrants. For more information, and to register, please CLICK HERE.
The NTEA team had to make a similar evaluation, and ultimately decided to transition Work Truck Week to a virtual event to maintain its normal early-March position on the industry calendar.
“Although we can’t gather in person, we know it’s more important than ever to provide opportunities for connection and insight,” says Steve Carey, NTEA president and CEO. “WTW21 showcases the innovations, solutions and people driving the future of the commercial vehicle industry, while prioritizing health and safety.”
The NTEA says next year’s Work Truck Show will provide the industry access to
- The latest information on work trucks, equipment and other new products
- Exclusive updates from leading chassis manufacturers
- Analysis of relevant economic and market trends
- New sustainable vehicles and technology
- Opportunities to connect with industry-leading manufacturers and suppliers
For more information about Work Truck Week, including registration for its many events, please CLICK HERE.