Success at METS and SYP brings bright note to year end

METS inc. the SuperYacht Pavilion 2010 was a bright finale to an economically difficult year with a modest rise in attendance over 2009 and a record number of 1,320 exhibitors.

The show was fresh and lively with a strong sense of optimism,” said METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) senior product manager, Irene Dros. “There was a definite mood amongst exhibitors that corners were being turned and that progress was firmly back on the agenda.”

A modest but nonetheless noticeable rise in attendance – 18,861 visits for 2010 from 94 countries versus 18,454 in 2009 – endorsed the significance international visitors place in attending METS/SYP,” she added. “We see this as an incredibly positive sign that 2011 will be a brighter year for many.”

First timers
METS/SYP 2010 welcomed a record number of 261 first-time exhibitors from all over the world. Many were new to the industry as well as being new to METS and benefited from a busy and professional introduction to the marine sector.

METS is certainly the place to be if you are new to the market,” said Mattias Brundell, general agent for Hollins Industries International, Inc., of Canada. “By the second day of the show we’d established contact with interested distributors from Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and the UK as well as from South Korea, Canada and the USA.”

Larry Grundtner, president of US company MarineTech Products, was equally delighted with the visitor mix. “We could not have made so many contacts in a short period of time without the help of METS,” he stressed. “METS has opened our eyes to the world marine market.”

Superyacht business platform
The SuperYacht Pavilion 2010 reinforced its pole position as the leading international business platform for superyacht professionals with a non-stop flow of visitors out to meet the industry’s essential suppliers.

Located in its own dedicated hall and enhanced by the Global Superyacht Forum (GSF), the adjoining conference organised by The Yacht Report Group, the SYP 2010 was stronger than ever before. In the words of Steven Vidakovic, global sales director for US company Naiad Dynamics, “the METS SuperYacht Pavilion was buzzing with excitement with new builds being discussed and equipment quotes requested. We are all looking forward to smooth motoring in the future.” Gary Abernathy, president and CEO of Praktek, Inc., added “this is the place to be for the ‘real’ players in the yachting/boating marketplace.”

The 20th DAME
The DAME (Design Award METS), which celebrated its 20th anniversary at this year’s METS, attracted 132 entries from 19 countries. There were six outright Category Winners (out of eight categories) and 15 Special Mentions, and certificates were awarded for Most Innovative Product and Most ECO-Friendly Product. Swedish company Seldén Mast was Overall Winner of the DAME with the Seldén reversible winch, a product described by DAME Jury chairman, Bill Dixon, as “very intuitive and very easy to use.”

Theo Lingmont, director international exhibitions for Amsterdam RAI, presented a cheque for €19,800 (proceeds from the competition entry fee) to this year’s designated charity, Whisper Boat Building Academy of South Africa. The donation will be used to help previously disadvantaged deaf young people acquire boatbuilding skills. www.wbba.co.za

Embracing change
Professional trend watcher Adjiedj Bakas gave attendees at the traditional METS Breakfast Briefing plenty to think about in a keynote presentation that was both enlivening and informative. Describing yachting as in a ‘hybrid economic transition period’, he guided the audience through a host of transitions (past and future) and outlined changes in social issues, materials and power shifts that he foresees will impact on the way future business is conducted. He urged manufacturers and suppliers to anticipate change and make best use of the opportunities it will bring.

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