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. An impressive 92% of the floor space available for the 30th edition of the show in RAI Amsterdam, has already been sold. And the three dedicated pavilions for the superyacht, construction & materials and marina sectors are also growing exponentially. The METSTRADE Show runs this year from 14 to 16 November.
RAI Amsterdam, organisers of the METSTRADE Show, is delighted to again see significant numbers of first-time participants signing up to join their global peers in Amsterdam. “We already know that we will be welcoming well over 120 new exhibitors in November, following the trend of previous years,” comments Irene Dros, Manager Maritime at RAI Amsterdam. “While the high booking figures around 1500 exhibitors from around the world illustrates the incredible loyalty to the METSTRADE Show and what it means to the maritime industry as a whole, the number of new participants showcases how our brand is inspiring the next generation of companies too.”
Examples of first-time exhibitors come from across the maritime spectrum and include Airwave Marine and Velcron Oy at METSRADE, Neptune, Dornbracht, Viking Recruitment & Maritime Skills Academy in the SuperYacht Pavilion, Orsta Breakwater and VIS srl in the Marina & Yard Pavilion, and Toubois and Prodim in the Construction & Material Pavilion.
Electric & Hybrid Showcase
An all-new feature at the 30th edition will be the Electric & Hybrid Showcase, a custom-designed boulevard that will focus on ways to implement these innovative forms of propulsion in the boat building process. With an eye on the environment, boat builders and designers are increasingly focused on electric and hybrid propulsion, seeking new opportunities and possibilities to implement them in every area of construction. With this in mind, EnerSys has already decided to present its products in this new area located in Hall 7.
SYP almost fully booked
The SuperYacht Pavilion (SYP), is almost fully booked. Even with the strict guidelines for participating in this dedicated area of the show, the upward trend of the previous years is continuing in 2017, with only two stand locations left. The inspiring success of the US area at METSTRADE 2016 looks set to be repeated, while the German and Italian sections of the SYP will also be bigger.
CMP close to capacity
In a similar vein, only a few stands remain available in the Construction & Material Pavilion (CMP), which will be 10% larger than last year, the maximum capacity for its current location in the Elicium building. This area of the METSTRADE Show is clearly gaining more and more attention, including a growing interest in composites and alternatives for the traditional raw materials used in building boats. The Material Xperience On Tour, a comprehensive showcase of raw materials, will reinforce the prominent role of sustainability, and again be organised by Materia, the global platform for innovative materials.
Smart moves for MYP
After enjoying a successful move to Hall 5 last year, the Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) will benefit from a smart diagonal set-up with its own catering area. This arrangement offers the MYP the ability to grow further after its sell-out performance last year. The HISWA Marina Symposium and international sessions on the Marina Stage will further enhance the reputation of the MYP.
Fourth entrance added
Having already expanded its floor space significantly last year, the METSTRADE Show will continue to grow in terms of both size and facilities at its jubilee edition. Hall 7 will now be using its full capacity, with even more people able to access its famous Sushi Bar. METSTRADE 2017 will also feature a fourth entrance to ensure a smooth visitor flow, both at the entrances and around the show floor. The organisers are delighted that many of the companies who made the move to Hall 7 last year will be there again in 2017, including Yamaha, International Paint and Dometic.
Time to celebrate
With the DAME Design Award and Boat Builder Awards presentations, along with the Innovation Stage for companies who want to share their innovations returning to Hall 6 this year, the 15,000 expected visitors can expect to find the ideal blend of new and familiar features to enhance their business throughout this unrivalled show. And there will also be a festive atmosphere with plenty of room given to celebrating 30 years of METSTRADE at various locations and times. Exhibitors are encouraged to look into the range of sponsoring options, which range from a table at the Happy Hour to offering visitors a special dinner gift.
The full exhibitor list is now available on METSTRADE.com.