Let's Celebrate our
35th anniversary!

For 35 years and counting, the METSTRADE Show has been inspiring professionals in the leisure marine industry with marine equipment, materials and systems.
In 2023, we celebrate our 35th anniversary. Will you join us?

A trip down memory lane

We are delightful to share some memorable moments of 35 editions of METSTRADE.

How it all started!

METSTRADE started back in 1988 with just over 100 exhibitors. 1,331 exhibitors took part in 2011. Nick Hopkinson of media partner IBI News has been behind METSTRADE from the beginning. “Over the years, moving from 100 exhibitors to over 1,300 clearly proves we were on the right track from day one, really. Not only RAI Amsterdam but the trade associations have put this show on the map.”

As a strictly trade-only event, METSTRADE has always operated in close cooperation with industry associations, who brought exhibitor groups to METSTRADE to create its renowned national pavilions. This was a win-win. “Our national pavilions play an important part in bringing new companies to METSTRADE and getting them properly established in this marine sector,” explains Tony Rice.

The UK and the USA established national pavilions for the first METSTRADE. Within five years, when METSTRADE had grown to 520 exhibitors, there were seven further pavilions for Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Finland, France, the Netherlands, and Canada.

Exhibitors for 35 Editions

We are proud to say that some of our exhibitors have been with us for 35 editions already. Read more exhibitor stories.

''Being part of the original show and seeing its incredible progress. Brilliant business contacts and great opportunities for news gathering."

Read the story of IBI

"In our opinion, METSTRADE is one of the best B2B shows in the marine industry. This exposure presents valuable opportunities to expand our business."

Read the story of BRNKL

"Seeing METSTRADE grow over the last 35 years into a yearly must-attend destination for all marine industry professionals has been great to witness."

Read the story of Marlow

"METSTRADE provides brilliant opportunities to meet the key players in the marine market and find new emerging markets to explore."

Read the story of Henri Lloyd


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