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Another successful year for METSTRADE

Written by
Gemma Fottles

With the 2016 edition of the METSTRADE show in Amsterdam drawing to a close last week on Thursday 17th November, organisers have revealed that this year's’ edition was one of the most successful yet. A packed programme of events before, during and after the show added to the bustling professional atmosphere as METSTRADE reinforced its position as the global platform for the entire marine industry and its niche segments.

Looking at the numbers, a total of 1,471 exhibitors from all over the world were present at Amsterdam’s RAI for the event, as well as 15,541 unique visitors which, METSTRADE state, is an 8% increase on figures from last year. The busiest day recorded was the second day of the show, in which saw 10,000 visitors enter the Rai Amsterdam, eager to visit the 11 halls open for business.

A further breakdown of the show figures shows strong year-on-year growth: the SuperYacht Pavilion hosted 265 exhibitors (compared to 224 in 2015), with 64 stands in the sold-out Marina & Yard Pavilion (49 in 2015) and 45 in the Construction Material Pavilion (31 in 2015).

Turning to the visitor numbers, no less than 64% were from outside the Netherlands. Italy, France and Denmark, three countries which have always been well represented at METSTRADE, saw significant rises this year, as well as a large number of Russian, Polish and Swiss visitors in attendance for the first time.

Moreover, 85% of the overall visitor total had decision-making authority within their company. With some 22% of visitors being under 35 years of age, a 10% rise on METSTRADE 2015, the future certainly looks bright for the marine equipment industry.

Irene Dros, Maritime METSTRADE Manager, concludes: “The 2016 edition of METSTRADE may well be remembered as the year which the show raised the bar to the next level. The side programme of conferences and events was bigger and better than ever before, and it is clear that METSTRADE increasingly serves as a magnet for smart initiatives from across every discipline and market within the maritime world. Not only are we comparing more events: crucially, they are all proving to be very successful and focused on the kind of face-to-face meetings for which RAI Amsterdam is renowned.

The 2017 edition of METSTRADE will be held in the Rai Amsterdam from 14th to 16th November.

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