METSTRADE, the world's largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems closed its doors to visitors on 21st November. Here, we look at some of the highlights of this year’s edition, which saw record numbers of both visitors and exhibitors in attendance and demonstrated a clear focus on many of the vital issues facing the marine sector, including cybersecurity, digitalisation, open workforces, international trade and sustainability.Photo: SuperYacht TimesWith the 32nd edition of the METSTRADE show taking place at the bustling RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, there were 26,984 visits registered by 17,792 visitors, who represented an impressive 115 nationalities. On the exhibitors’ side, 1,670 exhibitors from 53 countries were represented by 7,297 stand personnel and there were 228 members of the press also in attendance. Photo: SuperYacht TimesPhoto: SuperYacht TimesIndeed, as the years go by, the show continues to grow: as a testament to the ever-increasing recognition of the show’s importance to marine professionals, 271 new exhibitors from 36 countries participated this year. Photo: SuperYacht TimesPhoto: SuperYacht TimesAs a running theme throughout the event, sustainability was a key element to METSTRADE 2019, with a record number of speakers taking the opportunity to exchange expertise on how to tackle the future of the marine industry in a sustainable fashion. Highlights included the E-nnovation Stage, the Construction in Process Stage, the I-nnovation Stage and the Young Professionals Club Lounge, with panel discussions covering topics such as the disposal and recycling of boats, ocean conservation and life cycle assessment.Photo: SuperYacht TimesAlways a hotly-contested event, this year's DAME Design Award was picked up by U SAFE lifebuoy, a reinvention of the traditional life-saving ring which is both auto-propelled and remote-controlled. The registration fees for the DAME were donated by the RAI to two charities, with Sailing4handicaps and The Little Optimist Trust, both receiving €8,850.Photo: SuperYacht Times
Photo: SuperYacht TimesThe show's evenings also saw memorable events taking place, including the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, which welcomed some 350 guests to the amphitheatre of the National Maritime Museum. With 36 companies shortlisted, awards were taken home for Riva, Galeon, Marquis Yachts/Toyota, Grand Banks, Rondal/Royal Huisman/Comm&Sens/Gurit, Benetti, Spirit Yachts and Princess Yachts.
In addition, Viking Yachts’ Bill and Bob Healey were given a Lifetime Achievement award while Angela Pernsteiner from Dominator Yachts and Riviera Australia’s Kyle Davison were named as this year’s Rising Star talents.Photo: SuperYacht TimesIrene Dros, maritime director of METSTRADE commented, “There’s always room for improvement which makes the show so rewarding to organise each year. At this year’s show we delivered on our operational excellence pledge in a number of ways, including marking the fifth anniversary of the Boat Builder Awards with an awesome evening at Amsterdam’s iconic maritime museum. And throughout the week, it has been an honour to see people working with so much passion and dedication, committed to their innovative products and services.”
Photo: SuperYacht TimesAs well as attending the show as an exhibitor, members of the SuperYacht Times editorial team also took the opportunity to pay a visit to the Baltic 142 Canova, Baltic Yachts’ most eco-friendly vessel yet, with Charl van Rooy capturing an early-morning shot of the boat outside the National Maritime Museum. Photo: SuperYacht TimesStay tuned for details of next year's METSTRADE show!