Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

June 22, 2020 update:

We’ve pushed eChemExpo back from October 2020 to Spring of 2021. More specifically, to MAY 19-20, 2021. After in-depth conversations with attendee company executive leadership over the past several weeks, it became apparent that they are currently unable to look four months out to guarantee participation at the level we are accustom to and even one month out for an October gathering may have been challenging.

After evaluating virtual meeting options, the Planning Team decided that it is better to wait until a time when the eChemExpo vision and mission can best be accomplished with a physical presence gathering:
VISION: To be the #1 multidisciplinary applied innovation Expo and Conference in the process industry
MISSION: To provide the optimum environment to exhibit and present the latest manufacturing technology, hardware and software; and for accelerating implementation of improved systems, technology and best practices.

WHAT NEXT:

The following will remain in place:

  1. All currently signed up exhibitors will retain their assigned/selected booth locations;
  2. The Seminar Program planned for October 6 & 7 will remain the same but migrated to the new dates of MAY 19-20,2021;
  3. Online attendee registrations for badges will need to be started again. Estimated start of online registration is between January 20 and February 2 2021. We will notify you on this website when these badge related registrations for attendees and exhibitors will start again;
  4. Hotel reservations at Marriott were automatically cancelled when we changed from April 2020 to October 2020. We have not arranged for a discounted room block yet for May 2021 but you can contact Marriott Meadowview Resort & Convention Center directly for room reservations.
  5. Space Applications are still being accepted for exhibit space. Seminar spots and Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.
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    April 2, 2020 update:

    The new dates for the postponed eChemExpo 2020 are now confirmed as October 6-7, 2020. This Tuesday-Wednesday format is a slight change from previously stated dates of October 7-8 which were a Wednesday-Thursday format. The Planning Team met yesterday and unanimously agreed upon these new dates.

    WHAT NEXT:

    The following will remain in place:

    1. All currently signed up exhibitors will retain their assigned/selected booth locations;
    2. The Seminar Program for both April 15 & 16 will remain the same but migrated to the new dates of October 6-7;
    3. Online attendee registrations for badges will need to be started again. Estimated start of online registration is June 15 to July 7. We will notify you on this website when these badge related registration for attendees and exhibitors will start again;
    4. Hotel reservations at Marriott were automatically cancelled. Discounted hotel reservations will open up again in the June 15 to July 7 timeframe.
    5. Space Applications are still being accepted for exhibit space. Seminar spots and Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


    March 12, 2020 update:

    Rescheduling of eChemExpo 2020 from April 15-16 to a later date is NOW CONFIRMED with OCTOBER 7-8 the tentative new dates. The Planning Team met earlier today and agreed that rescheduling is in the best interest for all involved to mitigate issues associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the associated travel and group gathering restrictions on both attendee and exhibiting companies.

    WHAT NEXT:

    The following will remain in place:

    1. All currently signed up exhibitors will retain their assigned/selected booth locations;
    2. The Seminar Program for both Wednesday and Thursday will remain the same but migrated to the new dates;
    3. Online attendee registrations for badges will need to be started again. We will notify you on this website when the badge related registration for attendees and exhibitors will start again;
    4. Hotel reservations at Marriott will be automatically cancelled sometime tomorrow. People still wishing to visit Kingsport over those dates will need to book through the Marriott system without the eChemExpo discount.


    March 10, 2020 update:

    The middle of last week we began to get inquiries about the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to eChemExpo 2020, scheduled for April 15-16. Last week’s inquiries were more related to potential restrictions on some of our attendees, particularly from Eastman Chemical Company, who is the anchor organization in terms of attendees, typically sending some 450 attendees. 

    This week, starting yesterday March 9, we have had about ten inquiries from exhibiting companies; with several indicating that their company might impose, or has imposed, travel restrictions that could impact their participation in eChemExpo 2020. As such, the Planning Team is actively evaluating if we should continue with the April 15-16 dates or reschedule. If rescheduling is selected, the following dates are being considered:

    • Plan A: June 24th and 25th
    • Plan B: October 7th and 8th  OR October 21st and 22nd 

    While Monday, March 23 has been the milestone day for making the GO versus RESCHEDULE decision. We are hoping to move that decision up to Tuesday, March 17.   

    If it becomes necessary to reschedule, the following will remain in place: All currently signed up exhibitors will retain their assigned/selected booth locations; the Seminar Program for both Wednesday and Thursday will remain the same. We will need to still evaluate if online attendee registrations will be repeated or built upon as is.  

    If it becomes necessary to reschedule, we will work with attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers to ensure a smooth transition to the new dates. More details will be provided as soon as possible.

    Thank you for being part of the eChemExpo community, and for coming together to as we work through this difficult, but necessary evaluation and possible rescheduling. 

    We will continue to update this page, as appropriate.