Heat Treat 2021, September 14-16, 2021 St. Louis, MO, USA-Attendance Questions

September 14th-16th will see the ASM organized “Heat Treat 2021” exhibition being held in St. Louis, Missouri, USA in conjunction with Motion + Power Technology Expo 2021 (Formerly Gear Expo). ASM has always, in our opinion done an excellent job of organizing these bi-annual events and with no heat treat shows in North America for the past almost two years due to COVID, attendance at this event had been expected to be strong.

However COVID is rearing it’s ugly head yet again and Missouri is seeing COVD-19 cases rising dramatically in recent weeks leading to new restrictions; “Beginning Monday, July 26 St. Louis City & St. Louis County will require face coverings in indoor public places and on public transportation. Businesses, residents and visitors should continue to take precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of COVID-19 by following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.”

While attendance by international visitors (and this includes next door Canada) was expected to drop to almost nothing due to the difficulties of international travel, domestic attendance was expected to be strong. However in light of these recent developments this is no longer the case with many exhibitors scaling back on the number of people they will send with visitors following suit. Whether this will change remains to be seen, however at least for the time being it would appear that attendance will be disappointing to say the least.

We have this photo from the last ASM Exhibition which was held in Detroit, Michigan in 2019.

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