As the largest and most international B2B exhibition of its kind, the METSTRADE show has been at the cutting edge of professionalism, technology & innovation, regulatory issues and logistics for three decades. Having welcomed the highest number of exhibitors to date at the 2014 event, METSTRADE 2015 will again be breaking records.
With several weeks to go still before RAI Amsterdam opens its doors to the METSTRADE show on Tuesday 17 November, organisers of the three-day show have announced the latest registration figures. And they make for impressive reading…
Almost 1400 exhibitors
At least 1385 exhibitors are now expected in the halls of the RAI Amsterdam convention centre compared to last year’s total of 1358. With the average stand size now almost back at the levels witnessed prior to the financial crisis of 2007, the show is growing in every respect. The complete list of exhibitors is available on metstrade.com.
The Superyacht Pavilion (SYP) - one of three specialised areas at the trade show - is now completely sold out, with 221 exhibitors. That is ten percent more than in 2014 and a sure sign that the large yacht industry is embracing the METSTRADE concept in ever greater numbers.
The Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) has grown to 49 exhibitors. This means the current location is completely full and will require further expansion next year. Meanwhile, there will also no less than 18 Country Pavilions run by national associations within ICOMIA.
Visitor numbers will, of course, only be known after the show. All the signs are that the twin attractions of the best B2B networking platform and the chance to spend time in Amsterdam will again draw well over 20,000 professionals from around the world. The METSTRADE show saw a 6.5% rise in international visitors in 2014, representing 107 nationalities. With the marine industry continuing to develop strongly worldwide and the established boatbuilding countries back on track, the potential is there to beat the 2015 edition total of 21,086 visitors.
An ideal opportunity
“In addition to being the world’s largest show in its category METSTRADE is the only truly international show of its kind,” comments Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager at RAI Amsterdam. “This is an ideal chance for you to meet global distributors from as far afield as New Zealand, Singapore, Middle East or Africa, as well as all over Europe.
“Ambitious and enterprising producers can find distributors and suppliers on all continents, running the gamut of the entire supply chain. And those looking for a unique and different new perspective on the market need look no further. We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in November.”