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Update on the ocean plastic revolution

Update on the ocean plastic revolution

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • September 12, 2018

Most of us are now familiar with the staggering headline statistics: 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans, 8 million tons leaked from the land every year, potentially more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, and the list goes on. 

Accord...

Carbon fibre composite propellers

Carbon fibre composite propellers

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • September 05, 2018

Composite materials have a higher specific resistance, stiffness and resistance to corrosion than metallic materials. For this reason, they are used in many industrial sectors such as aeronautics, automobiles and wind turbines. In the nautical sector...

Going Green… wasn't meant to be like this

Going Green… wasn't meant to be like this

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • August 30, 2018

Quite often my choice of subject matter for writing about sustainability, and the health of our oceans and waterways, is triggered by personal experiences. Living onboard for most of the summer, or until the winter chill drives me ashore, is the perf...

The future of the Global Yacht market according to Silver Arrows Marine

The global yacht market has been changing rapidly in the past few years. Dealing with this, it is vital for businesses to stay ahead of the latest trends and implement new technologies in order to gain competitive advantages in their market.

At METSTR...

Superyacht yards and building to order or on spec

Superyacht yards and building to order or on spec

  • By Ralph Dazert
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  • August 27, 2018

The superyacht industry may seem small in comparison to other industries, but there are a surprising number of shipyards around the world building the global fleet. In this feature, we take a closer look at these yards, and whether they are building ...

End-of-Use Boats - collaborative action at EU level

End-of-Use Boats - collaborative action at EU level

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • August 24, 2018

The challenges presented to our industry by End-of-Use Boats, has been a featured discussion at METSTRADE for the last four years. Conferences and forums held during METS week in 2015 / 16 and 17 brought together senior figures from national boating ...

Autonomous boating - dream or reality?

Autonomous boating - dream or reality?

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • August 23, 2018

Where automotive leads then marine often follows. No surprise then perhaps that there is big attention now on the use of autonomous technologies at sea.

Amsterdam RAI, the home of METSTRADE, was host to the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2018 in...

Foiling – the logical next step for sailing?

Foiling – the logical next step for sailing?

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • August 21, 2018

With such a focus on trying to make sailing and watersports accessible and easier for newer generations, the topic of this blog seems a bit counter-intuitive. But having just attended the last day of the UK national championships of the International...

Humans of METSTRADE

Humans of METSTRADE

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • August 20, 2018

Rudy Jurg

Boating has always been a passion. I was six months old when my parents, not knowing much about the sea, sailed a boat from Ireland back to the Netherlands, our home country, so it's really in the family genes. My mother was one of the firs...

Ocean Cleanup moves towards implementation

Ocean Cleanup moves towards implementation

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • August 09, 2018

This year’s METSTRADE show will feature a Sustainability panel discussion entitled, ‘towards cleaner, healthier oceans and waterways.’  Our assembled experts will be exploring how marinas, yacht clubs, sailing organisations and...

Drones: out to capture the seas

Drones: out to capture the seas

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • August 09, 2018

Drones were first developed in a military context but are now playing an increasingly important role in civil contexts too. And recently their use in the nautical world has stepped up considerably.

Drones are used for leisure and for rescue. And smal...

A robot that cleans marinas…why not?

A robot that cleans marinas…why not?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • July 19, 2018

Walk around any marina or enclosed harbour area these days, and it’s very likely that you’ll see a lot of floating debris which has blown in, or drifted in on tides from the sea or adjacent rivers.   Nobody likes to see that, an...

A look into the current state of the global superyacht market

A look into the current state of the global superyacht market

  • By Ralph Dazert, Head of Intelligence at SuperYacht Times
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  • July 19, 2018

2017 was a good year for the superyacht industry, with both sales and deliveries on the rise.

After a rather slow year in 2016, new superyacht sales successfully bounced back in 2017 to an estimated 183 yachts sold, up 27% compared to the year before....

The flying Dutchman

The flying Dutchman

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • July 19, 2018

“I started sailing when I was very young. My grandparents lived near a lake, where I had a small sailing boat. Even when I was just 15 I knew that I wanted to build and develop high-performance racing yachts. After winning the ‘Cape ...

Development and future of carbon fibre in the boating industry

Development and future of carbon fibre in the boating industry

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • July 03, 2018

Composite fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) materials have been used in boat building for over 50 years. The first boats produced in fibreglass and polyester laminating resin using the hand lay-up process date from the 1970s. 

The increased use of c...

Here come the Sea Cleaners

Here come the Sea Cleaners

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • June 26, 2018

As we have mentioned in previous articles, there is an ever-growing amount of creative activity being undertaken by sea loving individuals, many of them yachtsmen, towards cleaning up the oceans for future generations.

Visiting the Marina High Tech s...

Local heroes, working for a cleaner Mediterranean

Local heroes, working for a cleaner Mediterranean

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • June 19, 2018

Asociación Ondine based in the Balearic Islands is a voluntary organisation of passionately committed individuals, who together are making huge strides towards improving the health of the Mediterranean sea, specifically in their local vicinity...

Humans of METSTRADE

Humans of METSTRADE

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • June 12, 2018

Gail Rice

I wanted to study international business at college but they didn't have that kind of degree back then. I had to graduate with something, so I studied Spanish and became a high school teacher.  Later I went back to school and took busi...

GDPR is here – what next?

GDPR is here – what next?

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • June 07, 2018

I write this blog feeling just a touch tired. In common with many of you, I’ve been caught in the escalating whirlwind of preparing the businesses I work with for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force last mont...

A showcase for the boating sector

A showcase for the boating sector

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • June 07, 2018

Two nautical events in just two weeks are clear evidence of the importance and renewed growth of Italy’s boating sector. The long years of the deep economic crisis that had such a severe impact on the entire Italian economy, and the boatin...

Ocean sustainability heroes...

Ocean sustainability heroes...

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • June 07, 2018

Perfectly timed with our recent focus on ecologically sustainable oceans and waterways, BLUE Marine Foundation in partnership with Boat International, have recently announced the award winners in their 3rd annual edition of ‘The Ocean Awards.&r...

Make the most of your METSTRADE participation

Exhibiting at METSTRADE 2018? Ensure return on your investment!

Are you looking to create brand awareness? Do you want direct access to your target market? Do you want to strengthen your customer loyalty? If yes, we have a number of opportunities that...

The uprise of Rafale II

The uprise of Rafale II

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • May 15, 2018

The C-Class was born in 1961, when the British catamaran designer Rod McAlpine-Dowey became aware of a challenge that came from America and claimed to have ‘the fastest boat in the world’. Rod responded to the challenge and simple rules w...

Stemming the ‘plastic tide’…with bubbles!

Stemming the ‘plastic tide’…with bubbles!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • May 15, 2018

‘Turning the tide on plastic’ is an expression that has captured imaginations and evoked emotions across the world, we have been following developments, and have more positive news to share here. The Great Bubble Barrier, is an idea ...

Meet up with the team for personal advice

Meet up with the team for personal advice

  • By METSTRADE
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  • May 07, 2018

Are you exhibiting at METSTRADE 2018? We will organise a number of meetings throughout the year to personally help you with your preparation for the show. These meetings will take place at the Southampton Boat Show, Cannes Boat Show and IBEX in Tampa...

Turning the tide on plastic…on superyachts

Turning the tide on plastic…on superyachts

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • April 26, 2018

Back in February we published an article about Marja Kok, a yacht captain who has dedicated her time and energy to convincing her fellow professional crew on superyachts that they can find better ways of providing drinking water onboard without the u...

Safety first ... powerboat racing

Safety first ... powerboat racing

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • April 26, 2018

Seafarers are known to be notorious traditionalists and especially powerboat racing has been lacking behind in terms of innovation. The field of - both outboard and inboard - marine engines has been developing very fast while boat construction t...

HISWA Symposium Golden Jubilee year

The International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction has reached its Golden Jubilee year, a unique milestone for an event of this type. This scientific get-together is organised to shine a light on the latest developments in the f...

Non-toxic antifouling, the future is here!

Non-toxic antifouling, the future is here!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • April 12, 2018

It’s that time of year again, or at least in the Northern Hemisphere it is. 

Walk around any marina, and you’ll be vividly reminded by the overpowering smell of solvents wafting on the breeze, that dozens of boat owners are now busy w...

Humans of METSTRADE

Humans of METSTRADE

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • April 05, 2018

Karen Dudden-Blake 

I grew up spending my summers on the water. When I met my husband, he told me he was designing a sailboat and was planning on travelling around the world in one year. I said ‘what’s your hurry?’

We met while o...

Carbon fibre: unmissable in boat building

Carbon fibre: unmissable in boat building

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • April 04, 2018

The composite materials created by the defense industry developed in the yacht building sector (the radar being one of the first applications) are now also applied, both as product ánd technology, in the shipbuilding industry.

The advantages of...

Legends reborn, a contributor to the Circular Economy

Legends reborn, a contributor to the Circular Economy

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • March 21, 2018

Keeping raw materials and products in productive loops for as long as possible is one very effective way of enhancing what has become known as the Circular Economy. The clear aim is to reduce unnecessary waste, and to make our world less dependent on...

Project management for complex superyachts

Building complex superyachts requires the right set of project management tools

The ongoing trend of superyachts gaining in length and complexity leads to increased standards of effective project management and collaboration and the need for more effi...

Fully recyclable sail racing boats…a reality!

Fully recyclable sail racing boats…a reality!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • March 13, 2018

Some visitors to METSTRADE will be familiar with the name of Enrico Benco who started his company along with his partner Cristiana Talon, and the nice memorable name of ‘Go Sailing for a Change’ (GS4C) back in 2012.

Enrico has enthusiastic...

5 Important Characteristics to Consider in TPU Coated Fabrics for the Marine Safety Industry

5 Important Characteristics to Consider in TPU Coated Fabrics for the Marine Safety Industry

  • By Shmulik Kryzer, Erez Thermoplastic Products
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  • March 02, 2018

When sourcing fabrics for marine safety end products, many manufacturers look to textile suppliers for various types of TPU coated nylon fabric and TPU coated polyester fabric. TPU coated nylon and polyester textiles are primarily used for inflatable...

Plastic in the oceans, a revolution is underway!

Plastic in the oceans, a revolution is underway!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • February 26, 2018

The potentially devastating level of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways has become one of the most talked about and high-profile subjects in the last couple of years. The powerful BBC documentary series Blue Planet 2, graphically cont...

Humans of METSTRADE

Humans of METSTRADE

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • February 18, 2018

David Lewin

I was a production engineer in the fashion business before I entered the marine industry. I didn’t like working with people in that trade because of the sleaze that was going on at the time – as we’ve seen in recent times...

In the spotlight: Marja Kok

In the spotlight: Marja Kok

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • February 18, 2018

Marja Kok was born in Den Helder, Netherlands, a town surrounded by water on 3 sides. Being out on the water and sailing was a way of life for her from childhood, and led to an occupation as a yacht skipper in later life. At 52 years of age, wit...

Electric & hybrid technology in yachting

Electric & hybrid technology in yachting

  • By Carmen Ferrari, METSTRADE
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  • February 14, 2018

2017 was the year that METSTRADE introduced its E-nnovationLAB. An area on the exhibition floor specifically designed to showcase technologies and manufacturers of electric & hybrid marine propulsion systems and components for the leisure marine ...

New Members METSTRADE Exhibition Committee

New Members METSTRADE Exhibition Committee

  • By METSTRADE
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  • February 01, 2018

METSTRADE2017 Recap Video

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Antifoulings and the environment… a complex future!

Antifoulings and the environment… a complex future!

  • By Metstrade
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  • January 26, 2018

Since then, having owned several boats myself, I have watched our industry go through the contortions of a love / hate affair with the dreaded smelly, sticky and rather expensive stuff, which is more likely to start a heated discussion in the yacht c...

Humans of Metstrade

Humans of Metstrade

  • By Kim
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  • January 18, 2018

Laura Martin

I discovered the world when I was 19 – I came from a tiny town in the US and travelled around the globe on a Semester at Sea program. The lesson I got from that is we may not all speak the same language; we may not look alike; but w...

World Sailing invites your input on sustainability

World Sailing invites your input on sustainability

  • By METSTRADE
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  • January 11, 2018

Here is a chance to have your say on a major international sustainability initiative that will impact our leisure boating community!   

Last year we published an article about how the sailing regatta world is raising the awareness level arou...

One more Sustainability post for 2017…

One more Sustainability post for 2017…

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • December 21, 2017

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has read and reacted to my articles this year, plus all the participants in the Sustainability panel discussions at the I-nnovation Lab Stage last month. And of course the many show visito...

ICOMIA's latest Recreational Boating Industry Statistics

ICOMIA's latest Recreational Boating Industry Statistics

  • By Barbara Fountoukos
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  • December 21, 2017

"Boating’s traditional markets in America and Europe solidified their role as the industry’s best-selling regions in 2016"
As usual the Book includes detailed market analysis on the industry’s largest market countries, global summar...

Future customers – and why they will completely reshape our market

Future customers – and why they will completely reshape our market

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • December 21, 2017

There’s much focus right now on the very different expectations of the Millennial generation. They want to experience things, not own them. They want sociable physical activity, not a competitive solo sport where they might get embarrassed if t...

In the spotlight with Andrea Frabetti – Diesel Center

In the spotlight with Andrea Frabetti – Diesel Center

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • December 21, 2017

Andrea Frabetti is a man who is most definitely in that category. He also happens to have a strong historical connection with METSTRADE, having been a Jury Member for the prestigious METS DAME Awards for 15 continuous years, and he is driven by a pas...

Will Brexit be a Force 2 or Storm Force 12?

Will Brexit be a Force 2 or Storm Force 12?

  • By METSTRADE
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  • November 23, 2017

Princess Yachts’ co-founder, David King, has seen good times and bad in his 50 years of boatbuilding. The standing ovation he received last night when receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award at the METSTRADE and IBI organised Boat Builder Awar...

30th edition of METSTRADE Show attracts record-breaking international audience

30th edition of METSTRADE Show attracts record-breaking international audience

  • By METSTRADE
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  • November 21, 2017

Nine outstanding products pitched to the press at METSTRADE 2017

Nine outstanding products pitched to the press at METSTRADE 2017

  • By METSTRADE
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  • November 17, 2017

Boat Builder Awards 2017

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Boat Builder Awards announced eight winners and two honourable mentions

Boat Builder Awards announced eight winners and two honourable mentions

  • By Boat Builder Awards
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  • November 16, 2017

SYT Vlog: The latest superyacht inventions at METSTRADE 2017

Drawing to a close today at the RAI convention centre in Amsterdam is the annual METSTRADE show, attracting over 15,000 international visitors who are all interested in finding out what the latest innovations in the field of leisure yachting are. I h...

End-of-Life Boats panel points to solutions...

End-of-Life Boats panel points to solutions...

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • November 15, 2017

A good number of visitors came to the I-nnovation Lab stage on the opening day of METSTRADE to hear a lively debate around the subject of End-of-Life Boats featuring a panel of experts from the industry.

Albert Willemsen the Environmental Consultant f...

Lack of fear and modern technology make powerful allies

Lack of fear and modern technology make powerful allies

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • November 15, 2017

Just occasionally, you sit listening to someone speaking while in post lunchtime autopilot mode and then suddenly think…’did he just say that?’ Such was my experience when attending the I-nnovationLAB presentation by Daan Pol, of O...

Forum discussion: Millennials – should we fear them or embrace them?

Forum discussion: Millennials – should we fear them or embrace them?

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • November 15, 2017

Millennials on a boatSo, it seems we are all a little bit undecided about Millennials (those aged around 18-35). Research suggests that this generation will finish off the boat ownership model as we know it, with resultant impacts on the marine equipment market. How...

Key future themes emerge from DAME 2017 Awards

Key future themes emerge from DAME 2017 Awards

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • November 15, 2017

Now that the results are out it’s interesting to reflect just how many of the Winners, Special Mentions and Nominated products of this year’s DAME Awards are obviously addressing key opportunities and challenges facing the marine industry...

Don’t fear Millennials but do get with the technology revolution

Don’t fear Millennials but do get with the technology revolution

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • November 15, 2017

It was great to hear the informed views of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Brunswick Corporation, Mark D Schwabero, at this morning’s Breakfast Briefing. Not least his assertion that Millennials are just as in love with the water as...

Keynote speech Mark D Schwabero 2017

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Winner DAME Award 2017

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Breakfast Briefing 2017 - DAME Awards winners

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METSTRADE 30th anniversary video

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Great diversity of products highlighted at the DAME Awards 2017

Great diversity of products highlighted at the DAME Awards 2017

  • By METSTRADE
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  • November 14, 2017

Boating in a shared economy

Boating in a shared economy

  • By Tim Devloo
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  • November 08, 2017

The boating market is facing several challenges, aging being one of them. Furthermore the millennial generation is shifting towards sharing with access without owing. The possibilities of chartering a yacht are widespread, internet is giving opportun...

Read the METSTRADE catalogue 2017 here

Read the METSTRADE catalogue 2017 here

  • By Metstrade
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  • November 06, 2017

Dangerous ideas at TSF

Dangerous ideas at TSF

  • By Rachel Rowney
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  • November 03, 2017

Creativity and strategic advisor Alf Rehn speaks to SuperyachtNews ahead of his presentation at The Superyacht Forum.

Alf Rehn has no time for innovation clichés, “The thing is with people, they think that there is some form of magic poti...

Innovate your marina!

Innovate your marina!

  • By Hannes Koppel
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  • October 31, 2017

Have you noticed how seamlessly smartphones have changed our lives? Or take a step back – do you remember your first mobile phone? Now, can you imagine what will come next? The fact that the world is changing faster than we can keep up to is ac...

METSTRADE 2017 on course for memorable 30th anniversary show

METSTRADE 2017 on course for memorable 30th anniversary show

  • By METSTRADE
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  • October 27, 2017

Win 2 flight tickets to METSTRADE 2017

Win 2 flight tickets to METSTRADE 2017

  • By Metstrade
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  • October 26, 2017

Join the must-attend event for all sectors of the superyacht market

Join the must-attend event for all sectors of the superyacht market

  • By The SuperYacht Forum
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  • October 25, 2017

The Circular Economy, what is it all about

The opening Breakfast Briefing at last year’s METSTRADE show addressed the topic of the ‘Circular Economy’, and how it could make a positive impact on sustainability in the recreational marine industry.

The CE concept is designed to ...

E-nnovationLAB makes debut at METSTRADE Show

E-nnovationLAB makes debut at METSTRADE Show

  • By Metstrade
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  • October 24, 2017

Shortlist announced for IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards 2017 in association with Raymarine

Shortlist announced for IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards 2017 in association with Raymarine

  • By METSTRADE
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  • October 23, 2017

Tech Talks at The Superyacht Forum

Tech Talks at The Superyacht Forum

  • By William Mathieson
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  • October 20, 2017

This year’s programme for The Superyacht Forum will look to involve some of the most influential and currently leading figures in the technology realm.

The Superyacht Forum (TSF) held in association with Metstrade, will take place from 13 &ndash...

Excellent quality and diversity at this year’s DAME Awards

Excellent quality and diversity at this year’s DAME Awards

  • By METSTRADE
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  • October 18, 2017

Antifouling…will alternatives take hold?

Antifouling…will alternatives take hold?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • October 18, 2017

This is a follow up to our recent article about antifoulings, in which we highlighted doubts about their future quality and availability due to the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No.528/2012 (BPR).

We should also mention here, that reassessment of ...

New round table event added to Construction in Process Stage at METSTRADE 2017

New round table event added to Construction in Process Stage at METSTRADE 2017

  • By METSTRADE
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  • October 17, 2017

GMI partners with METSTRADE to run marina valuation and investment seminar

GMI partners with METSTRADE to run marina valuation and investment seminar

  • By Metstrade
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  • October 09, 2017

Material Xperience On Tour showcases a Floating Future at METSTRADE Show

Material Xperience On Tour showcases a Floating Future at METSTRADE Show

  • By Metstrade
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  • October 05, 2017

Sustainability sessions announced for METSTRADE Innovation Stage

Sustainability sessions announced for METSTRADE Innovation Stage

  • By Metstrade
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  • October 05, 2017

End-of-Life boats, reuse of GRP... latest news!

End-of-Life boats, reuse of GRP... latest news!

  • By Metstrade
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  • October 03, 2017

End-of-Life boats, reuse of GRP... latest news!

A few months ago we looked into several ways in which glassfibre (GRP) sections from dismantled recreational boats can recycled into new products.

One of these ways is being pioneered by Dr.lr. Albert Te...

End-of-Life boats, reuse of GRP... latest news!

End-of-Life boats, reuse of GRP... latest news!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • September 29, 2017

It has been described as a ‘challenge that won’t go away’ for the leisure marine industry, and it has been the subject of several conferences in Europe over the last few years.

For sure these events have resulted in a lot of informa...

The Superyacht Forum announces its theme: The 10-year blueprint

The Superyacht Forum announces its theme: The 10-year blueprint

  • By Metstrade
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  • September 26, 2017

The Superyacht Forum, held in association with METSTRADE, will take place from 13 - 16 November. The programme’s discussions will have a clear and strategic theme: A 10-year Blueprint for the Superyacht Market.

The 10-year blueprint will explor...

International character

International character

  • By Metstrade
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  • September 25, 2017

Why an online community and social media is important

Why an online community and social media is important

  • By Metstrade
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  • September 19, 2017

Melissa Yeomans joined the METSTRADE Young Professionals club and have been a fan ever since. In this article she explains why having a community is so important for an exhibition like Metstrade.

“In December 2016 my family celebrated 10 years ...

Final call for DAME Design Award

Final call for DAME Design Award

  • By METSTRADE
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  • September 12, 2017

Unique chance for METSTRADE exhibitors to profile new product

A significant number of entries have already been submitted for the 2017 DAME Design Award and organiser RAI Amsterdam is now making a final call to exhibitors at METSTRADE 2017 to respond ...

Last few days to get nominations in for Boat Builder Awards 2017

Last few days to get nominations in for Boat Builder Awards 2017

  • By METSTRADE
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  • September 08, 2017

Brunswick Corporation CEO Mark D. Schwabero to open 30th edition of METSTRADE

Brunswick Corporation CEO Mark D. Schwabero to open 30th edition of METSTRADE

  • By METSTRADE
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  • September 05, 2017

In the spotlight with: Liz Baugh - Red Square Medical

In the spotlight with: Liz Baugh - Red Square Medical

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • August 30, 2017

Our leisure marine industry is all about the ‘feel good’ factor. It’s how we relax, switch off from the pressures of daily life, enjoy the sea breezes, or the charm of inland waterways, and of course we all wish to be safe and well ...

What have they done to our diesel?

What have they done to our diesel?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • August 23, 2017

A tank of worms!

Last winter I did the same thing that I (and many others) have always done, and filled my boat’s fuel tanks to the top with 400 litres of diesel before winterising the boat in November.   

In the spring, I also did what...

IBEX announces panel of judges for 2017 Innovation Awards

IBEX announces panel of judges for 2017 Innovation Awards

  • By IBEX
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  • August 09, 2017

Awards to be Presented During Industry Breakfast Featuring Olympian Jim Craig

 

TAMPA, FL, August 8, 2017 - The 2017 Innovation Awards, managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers Internationa...

How can shared ownership help sustainability in boating?

How can shared ownership help sustainability in boating?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • August 01, 2017

The world is changing when it comes to the concept of ownership and what has become known as the ‘sharing economy’ is opening up new opportunities. Some of these creative schemes are not only improving the sustainability of our planet, bu...

How is the regatta world promoting sustainability?

How is the regatta world promoting sustainability?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • July 25, 2017

It is almost unnecessary to say that the majority of us would like to see our seas and waterways free of contamination and plastic pollution. Most of us would also like to be part of the generation that leaves a more environmentally sustainable futur...

METSTRADE to celebrate 30 years at leading edge of leisure marine industry

METSTRADE to celebrate 30 years at leading edge of leisure marine industry

  • By METSTRADE
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  • July 20, 2017

30 Years with METSTRADE

Visitor registration has opened for this year’s edition of the METSTRADE Show, the largest B2B event for the global leisure marine industry. METSTRADE 2017 will see the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre transformed into a p...

DAME 2017 proceeds for sailing trips for seriously ill children

DAME 2017 proceeds for sailing trips for seriously ill children

  • By METSTRADE
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  • July 18, 2017

Joint initiative between Sailing Kids Foundation and Dutch Childhood Cancer Parent Organisation


Each year the registration fees for the DAME Design Award are donated to a charity. This year the METSTRADE Exhibition Committee has decided that the proce...

Globally recognised DAME Design Awards now open for entries

Globally recognised DAME Design Awards now open for entries

  • By METSTRADE
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  • July 07, 2017

Call for METSTRADE exhibitors to participate


The DAME Design Award is the largest marine competition of its kind, anywhere in the world. It focuses attention on the art and science of design in all aspects, from styling, functionality and innovation, ...

The ‘New’ Superyacht Forum

The ‘New’ Superyacht Forum

  • By William Mathieson
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  • July 06, 2017

Now entering their 25th year in the superyacht industry, The Superyacht Group returns with the new and enhanced event – The Superyacht Forum, now a four day event, held in association with METSTRADE. 

The Superyacht Group, operating under t...

DAME recognition for electric boating

DAME recognition for electric boating

  • By Kim
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  • July 04, 2017

With excitement building for the 2017 edition of the DAME Awards, we thought it the perfect time to post this reminder of last year’s overall winner, the Cruise FP electric saildrive from German electric propulsion innovator, Torqeedo GmbH.

What help is there towards cleaner marinas?

What help is there towards cleaner marinas?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • June 28, 2017

This is a follow-up to the recent article about clean marina schemes, but this time we will look at some ideas and products that are available to help marinas and boaters to keep their local waters as clean as possible.  

The Seabin solution comi...

Can plastic boats be recycled?

Can plastic boats be recycled?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • June 15, 2017

Following-up on our recent article about ‘End-of-Life Boats’ (ELB’s), here we will go over some details about processes, which will actually take composite (GRP) hull sections and turn them into something else that is commercially usable.

Countdown begins for Boat Builder Awards 2017

Countdown begins for Boat Builder Awards 2017

  • By Sigrid van der Wel
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  • June 15, 2017

The countdown has begun for the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement 2017. For the third year in a row IBI and the RAI, organisers of METSTRADE, will present a spectacular evening for the industry’s elite at the National Maritime Museum, Amst...

IBEX expands International reach

IBEX expands International reach

  • By METSTRADE
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  • June 13, 2017

New Opportunities for Attendees and Exhibitors from Around the World

The 2017 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) will be more accessible for international participants through two new features including The International ...

2017 DAME Design Awards Jury changes unveiled

2017 DAME Design Awards Jury changes unveiled

  • By METSTRADE
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  • June 06, 2017

2017 DAME Design Awards Jury changes unveiled
Birgit Schnaase new Chair and three top experts in their field join the Jury

The METSTRADE team at RAI Amsterdam is very pleased to announce that international yacht interior designer and engineer Birgi...

Female perspective is critical

Female perspective is critical

  • By Kim
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  • June 06, 2017

We’ve just made a very significant announcement today regarding changes to the team that judges the DAME Awards – including the addition of three great names to the Jury and a new Chair to succeed Bill Dixon, who voluntarily decided to step down last...

World Oceans Day - Our oceans, our future!

World Oceans Day - Our oceans, our future!

  • By EvaRai
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  • June 01, 2017

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. The theme for this year is: Our oceans, our future! The main conversation focus will be on Plastic Pollution prevention and cleaning the ocean of marine litt...

Are clean marinas, the gateway to ocean sustainability?

Are clean marinas, the gateway to ocean sustainability?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • May 30, 2017

It’s an unfortunate fact, that the very places we choose to park our boats, are also the perfect entrapment environment for stuff that gets swept in by winds and currents, and also a place where much of the contamination from cleaning and maintaining...

Registration now open for IBEX’s Education Program

Registration now open for IBEX’s Education Program

  • By METSTRADE
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  • May 29, 2017

Sessions, Seminars and Tech Talk Workshops

Boatbuilding, design, and repair industry professionals who attend this year's International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) will have access to over 70 sessions in the education program, whi...

Dutch superyacht cluster consolidates leading role

Dutch superyacht cluster consolidates leading role

  • By HISWA Holland Yachting Group
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  • May 16, 2017

Dutch superyacht cluster consolidates leading role. Record year in 2015 followed by solid figures for 2016.

Amsterdam – May 10th 2017. The superyacht cluster in the Netherlands has consolidated its leading role in 2015 with some fine figures...

METSTRADE figures add to celebratory mood

METSTRADE figures add to celebratory mood

  • By METSTRADE
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  • May 04, 2017

Impressive sales for 30th edition in November

A full six months before METSTRADE 2017 opens for business in November, all signs are that the leading B2B platform for the global marine industry will enter its fourth decade with the wind in its sails....

ICOMIA Honorary Member, Paul Boomsma, Awarded by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander

ICOMIA Honorary Member, Paul Boomsma, Awarded by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander

  • By ICOMIA
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  • April 30, 2017


On Wednesday 26 April 2017, Honorary Member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), Mr Paul Boomsma, was awarded the ‘Officier in de orde van Oranje Nassau’; the civil and military Dutch order of chivalry....

METSTRADE expands its outreach on leisure marine sustainability

METSTRADE expands its outreach on leisure marine sustainability

  • By METSTRADE
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  • April 23, 2017

With a powerful combination of year-round engagement and interactive seminars, METSTRADE, the leading platform for product and concept innovation in the global leisure marine industry, is proactively continuing its involvement in matters related to e...

METSTRADE expands its outreach on marine sustainability

METSTRADE expands its outreach on marine sustainability

  • By Irene Dros
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  • April 19, 2017

As the leading platform for product and concept innovation in the Leisure Marine Industry, METSTRADE is actively continuing with its proactive involvement in matters related to environmental sustainability across all sectors of the boating market.

Bei...

Superyacht annual report: how do you expect the market to perform?

Superyacht annual report: how do you expect the market to perform?

  • By Rachel Rowney
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  • April 04, 2017

The following report is a succinct summary of the superyacht new build market’s activity in 2016. How do you expect the market to perform between now and 2020? Do you think the number of vessels being delivered is likely to increase, decrease o...

METSTRADE invites marine-related charities to apply for DAME 2017 funding

METSTRADE invites marine-related charities to apply for DAME 2017 funding

  • By METSTRADE
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  • March 02, 2017

Certified marine-related public charities can now apply for the registration proceeds from the DAME Design Award at METSTRADE 2017. The Exhibition Committee of this world-leading trade show will select a charity from the submitted entries. The donati...

IBEX announces new Marina & Yard Pavilion for 2017 show

IBEX announces new Marina & Yard Pavilion for 2017 show

  • By METSTRADE
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  • February 15, 2017

Plans Underway for an Expanded International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Tampa

The new Marina & Yard Pavilion at IBEX will serve the hundreds of marina and yard professionals who attend the International BoatBuilders&rsquo...

ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2016 - Oscar Siches

As speaker at the ICOMIA World Marina Conference 2016, Oscar Siches was contributing to the session ‘A comprehensive approach on environmental problems and marinas’. He is addressing the need for awareness of marinas for the environmental...

Creating the future together

Creating the future together

  • By Irene Dros
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  • January 19, 2017

It’s always a slightly strange feeling to return to work after the Christmas break. The adrenaline builds up among the METSTRADE team in the weeks leading up to the actual show in November and by the time we’ve come back to earth the end-of-year fest...

Pitching the press at the METSTRADE Show

Pitching the press at the METSTRADE Show

  • By METSTRADE
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  • November 28, 2016

Can you convince the media that your product is as good as you think it is? This was the challenge taken up by eight exhibiting companies at last week’s METSTRADE Show after their products were selected by a panel of journalists. The ‘Pit...

Andrea Cavalleroni of Boero YachtCoatings About METSTRADE 2016

Andrea Cavalleroni of Boero YachtCoatings About METSTRADE 2016

  • By Charl van Rooy
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  • November 28, 2016

We met up with Andrea Cavalleroni of Boero YachtCoatings to find out how these superyacht paint specialists are finding the METSTRADE, and what makes the 2016 edition special for them.

ICOMIA World Marinas Conference more international than ever

ICOMIA World Marinas Conference more international than ever

  • By metstrade.com|www.metstrade.com
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  • November 21, 2016

200-plus marina professionals share experiences in Amsterdam

The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC) 2016, held in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre from 17 to 19 November, was a truly international event. Over 200 marina professionals from 39 ...

METSTRADE Show goes from strength to strength

METSTRADE Show goes from strength to strength

  • By METSTRADE
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  • November 18, 2016

RAI Amsterdam welcomes eight percent more visitors

The 2016 edition of the METSTRADE Show has once again broken all previous records for exhibitor and visitor attendance while setting a new benchmark for how a B2B exhibition becomes a memorable event ...

Breaking Boundaries

Breaking Boundaries

  • By Kim
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  • November 18, 2016

Well, by any measure it’s been a great METSTRADE 2016. There isn’t a company I have spoken with this year that will not be travelling back, north, south, east or west, without a satisfyingly full enquiry file. Now the hard work commences ...

Keynote speech Steven Beckers on Circular Economy

Keynote speech Steven Beckers on Circular Economy

  • By METSTRADE
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  • November 18, 2016

Highlights of METSTRADE 2016 on video

During METSTRADE 2016  renowned architect Steven Beckers addressed the topic of ‘Circular Economy: Towards a positive impact on the recreational marine industry’ during the traditional Breakfast...

Winners announced at Boat Builder Awards 2016

Winners announced at Boat Builder Awards 2016

  • By METSTRADE
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  • November 17, 2016

Sunseeker’s Robert Braithwaite presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

Eight winners and seven honourable mentions were announced last night in Amsterdam at the second Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement in association with Raymarin...

Polar Code for Superyachts in 2017

A new IMO code will affect ships and any commercially coded superyachts over 500 GT wishing to enter the Polar regions from next year onwards.

By Kim Hollamby: METSTRADE Online Community reporter

Compliance is graded into three categories. Category C h...

Tactile inspiration at the Materia XPerience

Tactile inspiration at the Materia XPerience

  • By Kim
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  • November 17, 2016

Anyone looking to de-stress and also find inspiration at METSTRADE 2016 could do nothing better than visit the Material XPerience within the Elicium. Organised by Materia, this wide range of sustainable materials made from wood, fibre, metal, ceramic...

Improving the ecological footprint of boating

Improving the ecological footprint of boating

  • By Kim
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  • November 17, 2016

On Tuesday morning a highly experienced panel of experts gathered at the InnovationLAB to discuss the challenges posed by trying to move towards a circular economy where boats no longer contribute to landfill. Here are the summarised extracts from th...

A night to remember

Inspired by the Young

I was privileged today to take a group of young watersports students and some international visitors from the Young Professionals Club on a presentation and guided tour of the DAME Awards.

By Kim Hollamby: METSTRADE Online Community reporter

We commenc...

Lightweight Sailing - Cooperation is needed

Lightweight Sailing - Cooperation is needed

  • By Kim
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  • November 16, 2016

Ed van Hinte is an industrial designer who specialises in lightweight structures. Around 20 years ago he wrote a book on the subject, Light-ness, and has another in preparation to cover the many developments in this field since.

By Kim Hollamby: METS...

Technical partnerships key for the Volvo Race

Volvo Ocean Race Director Nick Bice commenced the InnovationLAB activities on Wednesday with an update on the event, which has progressed substantially since he last appeared at METSTRADE last year.

By Kim Hollamby: METSTRADE Online Community reporter

...

Record number of products take top honours at the DAME Awards 2016

Record number of products take top honours at the DAME Awards 2016

  • By METSTRADE
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  • November 15, 2016

Bill Dixon, Chairman of the Jury, presented the prestigious DAME Award 2016 at the METSTRADE 2016 Breakfast Briefing this morning to Torqeedo GmbH for its Cruise FP range of electric saildrives, with a further 28 products from companies across the gl...

DAME Design Award winner 2016: New age for sail drives

DAME Design Award winner 2016: New age for sail drives

  • By Kim
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  • November 15, 2016

“We think the Cruise FP range represents the coming of age for electric propulsion on sailing boats.” This is a bold claim from Torqeedo GmbH’s CEO Dr Christoph Ballin, but one that was given a significant boost by the announcement ...

The virtuous circle

“We need to move our thinking from a linear economy where we focus on cradle-to-grave, to a circular economy where we create products that are designed to work from cradle-to-cradle.” So explained renowned architect Steven Beckers, Presid...

Talking points at METSTRADE 2016

Talking points at METSTRADE 2016

  • By Kim
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  • November 15, 2016

When you bring 1470 companies together from more than 50 key boating markets around the world it is no surprise that there should be themes that emerge from all of the collective activity and discussion. Given the political and economic developments ...

METSTRADE ready for largest show to date

METSTRADE ready for largest show to date

  • By Sigrid van der Wel
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  • November 12, 2016

"Ongoing growth in exhibitor numbers and and side events"

The 2016 edition of the METSTRADE Show, the world’s largest B2B exhibition in the marine equipment industry, opens its doors on Tuesday 15 November at the RAI Amsterdam convention centre....

Mayor Seiler of Fort Lauderdale receives first American copy of The Superyacht Book

Mayor Seiler of Fort Lauderdale receives first American copy of The Superyacht Book

  • By Emma Morrison
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  • November 09, 2016

SYBAss’ Secretary General, Theo J. Hooning, had the honour of presenting the very first copy of The Superyacht Book in the United States to Mayor Jack Seiler of Fort Lauderdale. The mayor received The Superyacht Book during the media break...

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada has been leading the charge for the Canadian Pavilion at METSTRADE 2016

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada has been leading the charge for the Canadian Pavilion at METSTRADE 2016

  • By Sara Anghel
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  • November 07, 2016

For many years, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada has been leading the charge for the Canadian Pavilion at METSTRADE, connecting the global marine industry with Canadian marine manufacturers we are proud to announce that we ...

The quest for better boats in less time continues at Vripack

  • By Nienke Tromp
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  • October 19, 2016

In their third year of a six-year-mission to reduce the construction time of any new yacht by at least 25%, the Vripack Studio recently made another leap forward. By making use of Virtual Reality they manage to review both design and engineering and ...

DON'T MISS OUT: Sustainability in the Marine Industry conference early bird registration closes Monday 17 October!

DON'T MISS OUT: Sustainability in the Marine Industry conference early bird registration closes Monday 17 October!

  • By METSTRADE
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  • October 16, 2016

PLUS, NEW SPEAKERS ADDED TO THE PROGRAMME

Jointly organised by Quaynote Communications and YachtMedia, the ‘Sustainability in the Marine Industry’ (SIMI16) conference is powered by METSTRADE and is technically supported by the Internati...

Yacht design seeking for limits

Yacht design seeking for limits

  • By Sirgrid van der Wel
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  • October 12, 2016

Newest scientific developments highlighted in HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction

The 24th International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction will kick off the METSTRADE week at RAI Amsterdam on 14-15&nbs...

Skippers Working Without Borders

Skippers Working Without Borders

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • October 12, 2016

Project final conference takes place in Brussels, pointing the way towards improved EU job mobility for charter captains operating Small Commercial Vessels (SCV’s).

Held on 16th June the conference was attended by a healthy cross section from th...

Online Exhibitor Kick-Off

A must attend webinar for all exhibitors!

The online exhibitor webinar it the place to help you to prepare yourself for METSTRADE, to inspire you on all side events that take place around METSTRADE and to get the highest return of investment out of yo...

METSTRADE & IBEX join forces!

METSTRADE & IBEX join forces!

  • By Irene Dros
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  • October 05, 2016

Dear All, Dear Friends, Dear METSTRADE relation, 

With much proud and pleasure, I herewith send you the attached press release regarding a very exciting new development.

RAI Amsterdam has purchased a 50% share from Woodenboat in IBEX USA (the Inte...

Sustainability in the Leisure Marine Industry… Ringing the changes, and learning from the past

Sustainability in the Leisure Marine Industry… Ringing the changes, and learning from the past

  • By metstrade.com|www.metstrade.com
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  • September 27, 2016

Following on from industry debates about the recycling of ‘dead boats,’ now comes the time to look forward and consider the concept of Life Cycle Assessment, and onwards towards a Circular Economy for the Boating World.

The discussion arou...

Think Yachts, Think Holland

Think Yachts, Think Holland

  • By Jeroen Sirag
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  • September 27, 2016

The Dutch don’t like to blow their own trumpets, which is why one of our most famous sayings, roughly translated, is ‘keep it normal’. Nonetheless it behoves me to say that the last couple of years have been impressive ones for the ...

Leading the charge for the USA Pavilion

Leading the charge for the USA Pavilion

  • By Julie Balenzo
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  • September 27, 2016

Since METSTRADE's inception, The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has been leading the charge for the USA Pavilion. We are proud to announce that this year, 2016, we will host the largest ever USA Pavilion at METSTRADE. With almost ni...

Out of this world keynotes at GSF

This year’s Global Superyacht Forum is focusing on smart solutions, therefore for the keynote presentation on day one, we’ll not only be looking at other sectors for inspiration but up towards the sky.

Frank Salzgeber is head of the Techno...

SYBAss announces two new board members

SYBAss announces two new board members

  • By Emma Morrison
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  • September 26, 2016

The annual general assembly of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) took place on 26 September 2016, traditionally prior to the Monaco Yacht Show at the Yacht Club de Monaco. The assembly saw the Superyacht Builders Association elect its new ...

Land Rover BAR Americas’ Cup speaker joins Sustainability in the Marine Industry Conference programme

Land Rover BAR Americas’ Cup speaker joins Sustainability in the Marine Industry Conference programme

  • By metstrade.com|www.metstrade.com
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  • July 01, 2016

Susie Tomson, a prominent member of the Land Rover BAR Americas Cup team, is the latest speaker to join the ‘Sustainability in the Marine Industry’ conference - To be held Monday 14 November 2016 in Amsterdam -

Jointly organised by Quay...

Full line up for The Future of Yacht Recycling Conference.

Full line up for The Future of Yacht Recycling Conference.

  • By Partner METSTRADE
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  • November 03, 2015

The organisers of the first international Yacht Recycling Conference to take place in conjunction with METSTRADE in Amsterdam on 16th November, have announced more global support for the event, and some additional speakers to complete a packed agenda...