TCT 3Sixty, formerly The TCT Show, which was scheduled to take place for the first time under its new title at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK, from September 29–October 1, 2020, but was postponed until June 29–July 1, 2021 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, has been rescheduled. The event will now take place from September 28–30, 2021.
Rapid News Group, the show’s organiser, explained that the rescheduling of the show reflects the highest regard that the group places on the health, safety and wellbeing of all attendees.
The organiser states that a September date offers more time for any global vaccination programmes to take effect and offers a better route to achieving and exceeding the aims of delivering a substantial community gathering to facilitate learning, networking and deliver value for confirmed exhibitors while remaining demonstrably safe and secure.
TCT 3Sixty will feature a conference programme delivered across multiple stages, with live stream feeds for a worldwide audience. Each stream offers interactive 360-degree insights into how to get the best from existing additive technology or how to invest and choose the most appropriate new Additive Manufacturing technology.
There will also be a host of interactive features, pavilions, content and networking events including a meetings programme and a new community platform that will enable the community to connect before and during the show.
“I don’t believe anyone thought that our first reschedule would require an adjustment, but the latest information in the UK means the right thing to do is to reschedule the event to enable a further thirteen weeks of vaccinations to take place ahead of the event,” commented Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Group.
“On current deployment projections, this has the potential to have a huge impact on attendee’s ability to visit and of course the subsequent ability for our community to come together for education, insight, networking and to do business. As an organiser, we recognise these connections are what makes live events work and this adjustment means we can be sure of creating more of these connections for the community whilst safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all attendees.”
“We are grateful to the NEC for working alongside us to identify another new dateline which we believe will work for the great majority of our exhibitors and provide much-needed reassurance for visitors. Whilst we are disappointed that the re-imagined event will not now debut in June, we have been delighted with the continued steady stream of new exhibitors during this period and are confident the unexpected additional time we have to develop the event will result in a better experience for all involved,” concluded Wood.