The 30th annual Metstrade show, which concluded in Amsterdam’s RAI convention center on Wednesday, saw attendance rise 5 percent.
The show drew 10,500 visitors from outside the Netherlands, 6 percent more than in 2016.
Early indications are that visitor figures were the highest recorded for the three-day event, with 16,307 unique visitors — an increase of more than 5 percent from 2016. There were 24,856 visits, also a 5 percent increase from last year.
Visitors came from 116 countries, an increase from 107 last year.
About 68 percent of the visitors came from outside the Netherlands. The top five visitor countries (apart from the host country) were Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain.
Significant growth was seen from Greece, Croatia, Finland, the United States and Ireland.
“This anniversary edition was a success because it was conducted in a vibrant atmosphere where exhibitors and visitors alike enjoyed excellent business,” RAI Amsterdam’s maritime director Irene Dros, said in a statement. “There was also a great deal of appreciation for the exceptionally high number of new and innovative products on display. The newly introduced E-nnovationLAB added to this, featuring technologies and manufacturers of electric and hybrid marine propulsion systems. The foundations have been laid for a promising showcase, which will evolve in the years ahead.”
Here’s a video with scenes from the show:
The visitors were welcomed on the show floor by no less than 1,552 exhibitors, an increase of 5 percent from last year.
The stands were manned by about 6,594 high-end industry professionals. The exhibiting companies were also delighted by the unprecedented international flavor of the event.
“Metstrade continues to be an important platform for our brand to meet with many of our distributors from around the world, including New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Singapore,” WesCom Signal and Rescue global marketing head Chris Feibusch said in a statement. “This was the first time that we have exhibited under our new name following a rebrand last month, and it was great to reconnect and discuss business with current and prospective distributors at Metstrade. We look forward to following these business leads up.”
“Metstrade is the mecca of the marine industry and by far the best show of its kind anywhere in the world,” Multiflex Marine director Atul Gupta said. “We exhibit at many exhibitions worldwide, but nothing beats Metstrade. Having attended the event over the last eight years we have pretty much built all our international business via the Metstrade show.”
Metstrade 2018 will take place Nov. 13-15.