Industry organisation the MHI, which organises ProMat, consulted with its Board of Governors and made the difficult decision to cancel the event, due to the evolving Covid-19 pandemic and the current state and local regulations, said MHI.

“ProMatDX will provide one digital platform where the industry can come together to find manufacturing and supply chain solutions, problem-solve, connect with their peers and learn the latest trends and innovations that will take their supply chains to the next level of agility and resiliency,” said the organisation. “ProMatDX will provide not only sponsor and attendee interaction but also the ability to see equipment and system solutions in-action. This exciting, new digital experience will also offer cutting-edge streamed educational opportunities, including keynote and seminar sessions on leading trends and technologies from industry thought leaders.”

“For 75 years, MHI has been here to serve this industry and to bring it together. While the on-going pandemic makes it impossible to hold ProMat in person in 2021, connecting the industry and delivering value to our audiences is still our top priority. MHI is harnessing all of the power of the MHI and ProMat brands to continue to deliver this value digitally in 2021. We will utilise the most advanced technologies to connect all our audiences through the digital experience platform ProMatDX,” said John Paxton, COO/CEO Designate of MHI.

“Due to the pandemic, connecting the manufacturing and supply chain industry has never been more critical,” said Daniel McKinnon, MHI EVP of Exhibitions. “While nothing will ever replace the in-person ProMat expo, ProMatDX will utilise the latest digital event technologies to provide all our audiences with the unrivalled education, connections and market access the industry needs now more than ever to solve today's unique supply chain challenges.”