As with many aluminum industry events, the Twelfth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology (ET) Seminar had been postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and the ET Foundation have announced the rescheduled dates and location for this esteemed event, now named ET 2021. The seminar will now be held May 11–13, 2021 at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Florida.
“We are fortunate to have found dates and a location that meets our specific needs,” said Jeff Henderson, AEC president. “It took some time since so many organizations had to reschedule events simultaneously due to the unusual circumstances surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic.”
The ET Seminar Committee and ET staff are in the process of communicating with authors and presenters to assess the status of the technical program. “The program remains essentially intact with only minor changes to date based on speaker availability and we hope to make as few changes to the original ET ’20 program as necessary,” explained Henderson.
The ET Seminar is the most important global aluminum extrusion industry event to attend for the attention to detail paid to developing quality programming and the unsurpassed atmosphere of educational and technical exchange. “The postponement and subsequent rescheduling of ET does not change the fact that ET is an important industry conference that anyone in the worldwide aluminum extrusion industry should attend,” said Craig Werner, ET seminar committee chairman and VP Extrusion Technology at Kaiser Aluminum. “We are looking forward to resuming our planning and picking up where we left off with the updated ET 2021 in Orlando.”
Registrants who previously paid to attend ET ’20 will be automatically transferred to the new registration system and will receive a new registration confirmation for ET 2021 via email in the coming weeks. Current ET exhibitors will be reconfirmed and transferred to the updated floor plan for the ET Expo.
The add-on workshops are another way for industry professionals to expand their understanding of the extrusion and downstream processes during ET Week. All workshops will be held either before or after ET on Monday, May 10 or Friday, May 14, 2021. The workshops previously scheduled for ET’20 will be offered for ET ’21. Those who registered and paid for a workshop during ET’20 will automatically be transferred and confirmed in the new registration system for the workshop during ET’21.
Special ET 50th anniversary events are not expected to change and will be rescheduled after restrictions imposed for the pandemic are lifted and businesses open again in the coming weeks. For any events that cannot be rescheduled, paid registrants will be offered a choice to register for a replacement event or receive a refund.
Registration for ET ’21 will be opening in the coming weeks. For more information, visit ET-21.org.