AMSTERDAM – The 2019 Metstrade show – the world’s largest trade exhibition of leisure marine equipment, materials and systems – was a record event. Close to 18,000 visitors from 115 nations and 1.670 exhibitors from 53 countries.
Major themes of the show RAI Amsterdam Convention Center were sustainability, cybersecurity and digitalization to open workforces and international trade.
Organizers reported 271 new exhibitors from 36 countries. Steyn van Driessel, head of sales at We Ship Yachts, one of 30 new Dutch exhibitors, said, “We have met many high-quality visitors and generated a great deal of publicity. These were exactly the reasons why we decided to exhibit here.”
Irene Dros, Metstrade Maritime Director, sees room for more growth. “There’s always room for improvement which makes the show so rewarding to organize each year,” she said.
Sustainability was a key theme. “At all levels of the leisure marine sector people are clearly taking ownership of the need to make things better with respect to the environment,” added Dros.
A record number of speakers touched on sustainability on the E-nnovation Stage (electric and hybrid information sessions), the Construction in Process Stage, the I-nnovation Stage, in the Young Professionals Club Lounge and at the new Speakers Corner.
The overall Dame Design award went to the U SAFE lifebuoy, a remote-controlled, self-propelled life-saving ring.
And Royal Huisman, working with Rondal, Comm&Sens and Gurit, won a Boat Builder’s award for its load sensing composite rudder. (See ‘Rondal’s out-of-sight feature on 81m sailing yacht‘ item of Oct. 31 on this newsletter)