Palmawatch previews METSTRADE.Peter Franklin
As a company offering a substantial portfolio of specialised products for superyachts, in addition to our full-service yacht maintenance, and refit capabilities, we are always interested in the world’s largest marine equipment trade show, which kicks off this week in the Netherlands, for its 31stedition.
Nearly 1600 exhibitors from 50 different countries will be joined by thousands of visitors from around the world, while a rich programme of knowledge sharing events and networking opportunities reinforces the event’s role as the number one annual meeting place for leisure marine professionals. The METSTRADE Show takes place in the RAI Amsterdam convention centre from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 November.
With major partner events such as The Superyacht Forum and the 50th anniversary edition of the HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Construction already starting on the Monday morning, METSTRADE revolves around more than a three-day trade show. The vibrant business vibe spreads well beyond the exhibition halls into the city of Amsterdam, with networking drinks/dinners, knowledge exchange nights, awards evenings and various gatherings of marine media and marketing professionals.
Superyacht focus higher than ever.
Visitors will certainly have much to see and do during their time at the show, with various areas having been expanded. The SuperYacht Pavilion, for instance, has been extended to three halls in order to accommodate no less than 325 exhibitors. Newcomers at this year’s event include Cobham Satcom and Wempe. This year the SY pavilion will feature a new networking area called The Shipyard, where yard representatives, yacht designers, and management companies can sit down with product suppliers and talk business in comfort.
New E-nnovationLAB Stage.
Also increasing in size and scope is the E-nnovationLab platform for electric propulsion technology, reflecting the growing demand for hybrid and electric engines in the leisure marine market. This will have an even more prominent position in Hall 7 with 12 different stands and 11 showcase displays by exhibitors who have a stand elsewhere. There will also be a new E-Lab stage where the revolutionary products in this part of the show will be visualised in a personal way.
The METSTRADE Show will be officially opened on the morning of Tuesday 13 November with the traditional Breakfast Briefing and DAME Design Award ceremony, including a keynote speech by Beneteau CEO Herve Gastinel.
The added value of face-to-face meetings.
“As is the case every year, METSTRADE 2018 will be about bringing people together from across the spectrum of the leisure marine world,” says RAI Amsterdam’s Maritime Director, Irene Dros. “No matter how well people communicate by email, regardless of how pleasant the phone calls, nothing beats face-to-face meetings. And as well as being good for commercial purposes, the personal connections made during the METSTRADE week serve as an unrivalled source of inspiration and creativity for the year ahead.”
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