Amsterdam | 2020, 17 - 19 November
Construction Material Pavilion Round Table Sessions at METSTRADE 2020

Construction Material Pavilion Round Table Sessions at METSTRADE 2020

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 24-06-2020

The fourth edition of the Construction Material Pavilion Round Table Sessions dedicated to boat building construction and materials will take place on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 November as part of the METSTRADE Show, the world’s largest B2B l...

How far can foiling technology in boats go?

How far can foiling technology in boats go?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 15-06-2020

As a person who started out working and living around boats many decades ago, I sometimes take a few minutes to reflect on how dramatically things have changed during that time. I also wonder how much further technology and inventive creativity can p...

Sustainability Panel Discussions at the I-nnovationLAB Stage during METSTRADE 2020

Sustainability Panel Discussions at the I-nnovationLAB Stage during METSTRADE 2020

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 15-06-2020

 

Tuesday 17th November: Ocean Biodiversity and Biofouling

The Global Project Task Force called GloFouling was introduced at last year’s METSTRADE. How has it been going? What more can we do?  Find out more from our panel of expert...

Hide & Seek - A yacht melting into the seascape

Hide & Seek - A yacht melting into the seascape

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 15-05-2020

As stated by Anna Borla, a Milan-based yacht designer who with “Hide” participated to the Rossinavi Design Challenge 2020 contest, Hide is a yacht that focuses mainly on the concept of sustainability as its main feature is to blend in wit...

Solar independence, the yachtsman's friend

Solar independence, the yachtsman's friend

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 13-05-2020

When I purchased my 42-year-old Dutch steel motor yacht 7 years ago, she came with a couple of 50 watt solar panels on the cabin roof, which had been fitted by the previous owner back in 2004. He had obviously not held back on the expenditure, as the...

Will teak decks become a thing of the past?

Will teak decks become a thing of the past?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 15-04-2020

All of us who have been involved in boating are familiar with that moment when you kick off your shoes and step onto a pristine teak deck; it’s the first thing your eyes make contact with, and very often leads you to form an instant opinion abo...

Greenboats make a sustainable splash at METSTRADE

Greenboats make a sustainable splash at METSTRADE

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 03-03-2020

The word ‘pioneer’ is quite often used in these days of rapid technological innovation, but Friedrich Deimann of Greenboats is one of those quietly determined, hard working heroes, who it’s easy to apply the description to, when it ...

Circular Beauties: Exploring new materials at METSTRADE

Circular Beauties: Exploring new materials at METSTRADE

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 17-02-2020

A regular feature at METSTRADE which has become very popular in recent years, is the Material District display, featuring dozens of futuristic materials on show with full descriptive details. 
Working as a leading match-making platform in the fi...

End-of-use boats: An update on progress

End-of-use boats: An update on progress

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 13-01-2020

On Day 3 at METSTRADE 2019 we comprehensively explored a subject which has been on the agenda at the show since 2015.

As a hangover from the composite mass production boom of the 70’s and 80’s there is an ever-increasing number of boats r...

Boat Builder Award nominees to speak on METSTRADE Sustainability Panel

Boat Builder Award nominees to speak on METSTRADE Sustainability Panel

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 30-10-2019

‘How Green is Green in the Leisure Marine World?’ was the theme of a panel discussion which took place at the InnovationLab stage during last year’s show. A panel of well qualified technical experts discussed the current situation, ...

Green manufacturing from water plants, featured at HISWA Boat Show

Green manufacturing from water plants, featured at HISWA Boat Show

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 24-09-2019

Visitor records were broken earlier this month, at the 36th edition of the HISWA in-water boat show. Around 30,000 people ignored (or braved) the typically changeable Dutch weather, and travelled to Lelystad where the event was held for the second ye...

Dispose Recycle Reuse

Dispose Recycle Reuse

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 19-09-2019

The production and worldwide consumption of engineered composite materials, in particular fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP), have increased in recent decades, mainly in the automotive, aeronautical and nautical sectors. This increase in production and ...

Recyclable composite breakthrough to feature at METSTRADE

Recyclable composite breakthrough to feature at METSTRADE

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 18-09-2019

Since 2014, the subject of how to handle the increasing number of redundant boats, and in particular, the difficulties of recycling traditionally employed glassfiber (GRP) composites, has been on the agenda at METSTRADE. 

A regular speaker and c...

A Unique Shipyard

A Unique Shipyard

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 20-08-2019

Technologically advanced sailboats are often built in carbon and other state-of-the-art materials. The key to a successful project lies within the knowledge of production technologies and building methods. Construction details can make an important d...

Boat Builder Awards 2019: Foilers on the innovation radar

Boat Builder Awards 2019: Foilers on the innovation radar

  • By IBI News
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  • 14-08-2019

Last year it was a dynamic new deck layout by Galeon that picked up the Innovative On-Board Design Solution award sponsored by Fusion. As foilers enter the mainstream, will the technology make them a front runner in this year’s Awards?

With the...

Can wood make a comeback?

Can wood make a comeback?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 14-08-2019

There is no question that the search for more sustainable boat building materials is being intensified for a number of environmental reasons.  Not least, because our industry is still struggling to find end-of-life solutions for millions of tons...

Construction, composites & eco-compatibility

Construction, composites & eco-compatibility

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 04-07-2019

The marine industry is more and more committed towards eco-compatible solutions that respect the Earth and marine environment. An increasing amount of research is being pursued with the aim of creating ecologically compatible boats. Studies have been...

Sustainable boating projects highlighted

Sustainable boating projects highlighted

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 17-06-2019

Several interesting yachting sustainability projects were being showcased at this year’s Palma International Boat Show. A company called La Belle Verde was selected as the winning entry in the 3rd edition of the Boat Show Investment Forum,...

Sustainability shines at MaterialDistrict Show

Sustainability shines at MaterialDistrict Show

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 18-04-2019

MaterialDistrict (formerly Materia) is the world’s leading match-making platform in the field of innovative materials. As part of the Construction Material Pavilion (CMP) at METSTRADE, MaterialDistrict showcases innovative materials for the mar...

PC11 Pro Coated balsa, the latest innovation from CoreLite

PC11 Pro Coated balsa, the latest innovation from CoreLite

  • By METSTRADE
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  • 17-04-2019

One of the “Pitch the Press” participants was Core Lite Composites. They presented their latest innovation, the PC11 Pro Coated balsa. This is the next generation of Balsa Core and it can reduce resin uptake up to 76% when compared ...

Flying objects

Flying objects

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 19-03-2019

From humble three-metre dinghies to the ‘monsters’ of the America's Cup, the Route du Rhum or the Vendée Globe, hydrofoil applications are the new hit across boating sectors. Since the last America's Cup, these spectacular catamara...

End-Of-Use Boats… things are happening!

End-Of-Use Boats… things are happening!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 18-02-2019

Millions of boats that were built in the 70’s and 80’s from virtually indestructible GRP (fibreglass) are now referred to as ‘end-of-use’ boats. Committing redundant GRP hulls to landfill is not an environmentally acceptabl...

The effect of slamming on composite boats

The effect of slamming on composite boats

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 14-01-2019

What’s the definition of ‘slamming’? According to David K Brown’s 2010 book The Grand Fleet, Warship Design and Development 1906-1922: Slamming is a large flat area of a hull hitting the surface of the water with force all at ...

New dimension in manufacturing reduces cost and increases productivity

New dimension in manufacturing reduces cost and increases productivity

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • 19-12-2018

A walk around the Material District Expo at METSTRADE is always inspiring, with a whole range of new materials and their applications to explore. This year was no exception and I was particularly intrigued to see a 3D printed Optimist sailing dinghy.

...

How 3D printing and rapid prototyping will change the global maritime industry

How 3D printing and rapid prototyping will change the global maritime industry

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 18-12-2018

This year's METSTRADE Show hosted the second edition of a round table dedicated to the use of materials for nautical construction. The Round Table had a particular focus on the use of 3D printing and rapid prototyping for nautical construction.

The la...

Structural Adhesives

Structural Adhesives

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 01-11-2018

Bonding composite materials is a real challenge. Structural adhesives can be used to bond different materials: they don’t cause problems either to composites, which do not react well to soldering or drilling, or to aluminium or to other light m...

REVYTA - New life for boat-industry composites

REVYTA - New life for boat-industry composites

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 25-10-2018

Gluing composite materials is a real challenge. But structural adhesives can be used to glue different materials: they don’t cause problems either for composites, which do not react well to soldering or drilling, or for aluminium or other light...

Carbon fibre composite propellers

Carbon fibre composite propellers

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 05-09-2018

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...

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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  • 24-08-2018

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 ...

Drones: out to capture the seas

Drones: out to capture the seas

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 09-08-2018

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...

The flying Dutchman

The flying Dutchman

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 19-07-2018

“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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  • 03-07-2018

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...

The uprise of Rafale II

The uprise of Rafale II

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 15-05-2018

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...

Safety first ... powerboat racing

Safety first ... powerboat racing

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 26-04-2018

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...

Carbon fibre: unmissable in boat building

Carbon fibre: unmissable in boat building

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 04-04-2018

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...

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 METSTRADE
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  • 02-03-2018

Featured text by Shmulik Kryzer, Erez Thermoplastic Products

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 coa...

Antifoulings and the environment… a complex future!

Antifoulings and the environment… a complex future!

  • By Metstrade
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  • 26-01-2018

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...

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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  • 17-10-2017

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

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

  • By Metstrade
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  • 03-10-2017

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 Ten Busschen at the Polymer Engineering faculty o...

World Oceans Day - Our oceans, our future!

World Oceans Day - Our oceans, our future!

  • By METSTRADE
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  • 01-06-2017

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...

Creating the future together

Creating the future together

  • By Irene Dros
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  • 19-01-2017

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...

Andrea Cavalleroni of Boero YachtCoatings About METSTRADE 2016

Andrea Cavalleroni of Boero YachtCoatings About METSTRADE 2016

  • By SuperYacht Times
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  • 28-11-2016

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.

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...