METSTRADE numbers stay strong
Aussies feature among record number of exhibitors and visitors at B2B show.
The latest METSTRADE B2B marine trade show in Amsterdam continued its positive run of recent years with an increase in the number of visits and visitors compared to last year.
The number of visits to the show was up nearly 5% to 26,052 visits compared with 24,856 last year while the number of individual visitors was up by just over 400 to 16,716.
“Everything we do as organisers of the METSTRADE Show revolves around facilitating encounters across the spectrum of the sector we serve,” said Irene Dros, maritime director at RAI Amsterdam. “Our role is to bring people together from around the world in the right environment for business, networking and fun.”
Organisers said that more than 1,100 exhibitors have already booked space for next year’s show which will run from 19-21 November, 2019.
Australian companies were once again out in force at the show with more than 25 companies showcasing the local industry. AIMEX held its regular Australian Outback Party on the second day of the show to provide networking opportunities for Australian businesses at the show. The Gold Coast City Council also returned to the show this year with a strong contingent of Gold Coast-based companies.
“This was my first time at METS and I was blown away,” said Olga Batzakidis, operations manager at South Australian company Universal Free Fall Winches. “What an exceptional show and important for anyone to attend wanting to export marine products.
“What made the difference is that it was a B2B trade show, so all quality contacts. We met everyone from retailers from around the world, as well as distributors, agents and boat builders – all relevant to growing our business.”
Second-time attendee Brad Marsden, director from Marine Airflow, said: “Australia has a strong presence at METS, with a real impact being ‘unified’ under one banner. I am still blown away by the size of METS and the volume of people, truly an incredible show and I am glad we invested in a bigger space this year.”
Attending his 20th METS, Sean Griffin from GME said: “I am convinced that the visitors to the Australian pavilion regard our capabilities very highly. Within the pavilion there is a broad cross section of exhibits that emphasise the innovation and quality of Australian product.”
Australian businesses which had a presence in the Australian Pavilions at METS 2018 included: AMI Marine, Analu, Australian International Marine Export Group, Aqualuma LED Lighting, Aquamare, Barz Optics, Bellingham Marine, CE&A Engineering, Coursemaster Autopilots, GME, Gold Coast City Council, Greencorp Marine, Diecon Marine, HyDrive Engineering, Marine Airflow, Marine Tuft, Muir Engineering, Pacific Blue Cruisecat, Palm Products, Polyflex Group, Rainman Desalination, Rivergate Marina and Shipyard, Ronstan International, Sanctuary Cove Marina, Superior Jetties, TMQ International, Ultimate Docking Systems, Veem Propellers & Gyro Stabilisers, Universal Free Fall Winches.