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METSTRADE – The Marine World Comes to The Land

15.11.2019 | 5 min read | Written by Thomas Lehner

It’s the time of the year for all the marine professionals to meet up at the biggest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems considering the international marine leisure industry. Every November, Amsterdam hosts this event for all industry professionals to come together, network, discuss the market status and exchange futuristic ideas. ‘’METSTRADE is about generating orders and achieving a solid return on your investment. But above all, it’s an event that revolves around people and the essential networks which help the boating industry flourish.’’ Irene Dros, Director Maritime of the event

The METSTRADE targets builders, naval architects, repair yards, distributors, dealers, wholesalers, captains, marina operators and equipment manufacturers from all over the world. Showcasing the latest innovations and trends in leisure marine equipment will be portrayed with three exhibitions. The three specialist pavilions dedicating their efforts for the METSTRADE this year:

  1. The SuperYacht Pavilion

Being the only international B2B exhibition offering luxurious products and services for the enormous yacht industry. There will be two dedicated halls and an associated educational and social networking programme. Last year recorded 325 exhibitors.

  1. The Marina & Yard Pavilion

This pavilion is fully dedicated for professionals from the marina and yard industry welcoming marina owners, yards, operators, developers and suppliers from all around the world. Last year recorded 70 exhibitors.

  1. The Construction Material Pavilion

This section of the METSTRADE is solely focused on raw construction materials and composites for the marine leisure industry. For all boat builders, designers, architects and engineers who thrive to gather on one platform that showcases innovative ways to make use of materials. Last year recorded 59 exhibitors.

Many reasons were behind the huge participation number last year, among the main reasons establishing contacts with relations, maintaining connections with existing relations, presenting new products and services, portraying the company’s image to the world, generating direct sales and generating goals.

2018 facts and figures


Source: METSTRADE fact sheet

The 2018 METS trade show was quite a boom and one of the main motives behind accelerating the value of the event was hosting 1,591 exhibitors with 21% of the visitors below 35 years old representing 51 countries. Top 5 visiting countries:

  1. The Netherlands
  2. Italy
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Germany
  5. France

Innovation – Theme of the year and every year

You can not think of 2020 and not imagine that innovation will be the main theme of our businesses and how we drive them forward towards high standards for the higher outcome. This year for the third time in a row there is a big part dedicated to the InnovationLab.

What is happening in the InnovationLab?

The centre platform at the show for all innovation initiatives, focusing on the Fame design award-nominated and winning products. Every section of the event is unmissable however the spotlight has been rerouting towards the shortlisted and winning companies for the boatbuilder awards, featuring many workshops, panel discussion, debates and presentations from market professionals.

The Sustainability panel discussions in 2019

Tuesday, November 19th, 1pm: The Challenge of Global Biofouling

Wednesday, November 20th, 1:15pm: How green are we a year on?

Thursday, November 21st, 12pm: End-of-Use boats, an update on progress.

The innovation stage will be occurring in an open audience seating area where all visitors can witness a large variety of trending topics in the leisure marine industry, engage with DAME-design award winner pitches and attend an interview with keynote speaker Hervé Gastinel, CEO Groupe Beneteau.

A new addition to the InnovationLab this year is the E-nnovation Lab where the main scope of discussion will be in favour of hybrid and electric engines and how they are becoming a necessity within the leisure marine market. The METSTRADE coped up with the trend and integrated the need in the form of hosting a panel discussion with a group of the market deepest experienced professionals,

  • Christoph Ballin – CEO of Torqeedo
  • Nigel Calder – President of Calder Marine Enterprises
  • Andrea Frabetti – CEO of SunSeeker
  • Ken Wittamore – Director of Triskel Marine

Our daily habits are becoming more unacceptable to many people who desire to remain positive towards how we are treating the world and its resources. The hybrid and electric engines step in with numerous benefits that include quietness, more efficient at a low speed, less smell, elimination of oil usage and transmission of fluids. A fair amount of share of the leading professionals in our world is following technological and innovative methods for achieving their goals in many industries without compromising the shelter of the environment and the public.

When PlanRadar goes naval

The leisure marine industry has only shifted to technology with only 15% from many companies, while the construction industry remains steady at a slow pace. PlanRadar, the software app for construction documentation, task and defect management was solely inaugurated for the aim to simplify the concept of running a construction site with the right tools for the right amount of efficiency. Meeting the global business need to keep up with the digitization movement and how many industries are following that digital direction now. By fact, this app is capable of boosting productivity, leaving an impact on organizations, assuring the quality of the projects and keeping the standard of quality in service the same.

If you are attending the METSTRADE 2019 or know someone who is planning to make sure you visit PlanRadar’s booth 09.413 at the SuperYacht Pavilion among a prestigious list of exhibitors alongside presenting the latest trends and hot debatable topics of the year.

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