METS short-lists builders for achievement awards

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The first Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement will be handed out on Nov. 18 at METS during a gala dinner at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

The first Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement will be handed out on Nov. 18 at METS during a gala dinner at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

The Marine Equipment Trade Show, set to take place Nov. 17-19 in Amsterdam, has short-listed boatbuilders for the first Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement.

The short-listed companies include Brunswick, Jeanneau, Baltic, Monte Carlo Yachts, Azimut, Formula, Karnic, Boston Whaler, Sea Ray, Scout, Dominator, Rayglass, Galeon, Riviera, Fairline, Sunreef and Axopar.

On the equipment side, Harken, Maxwell, Falcon and Mastervolt have been shortlisted in the collaborative solution or innovation categories.

The awards are designed to recognize individuals and companies excelling in the detail to push both their brands and the industry forward.

An international panel of judges has managed to whittle down multiple entries to select 23 companies as the front-runners across six award categories, singling out builders and individuals that are truly pushing boundaries in the way they market, develop, design and build boats.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam Nov. 18 during METS.

In other show news, METS will include more than 80 companies at the U.S.A. Pavilion this year, the largest group in the history of the show, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which facilitates the booth. The U.S.A. Pavilion will be the fourth-largest country pavilion at METS, which attracts thousands of international marine professionals.

“We’re looking forward to a successful event next week and are prepared to help connect our members with international buyers at the show,” said NMMA director of export development Julie Balzano in a statement. “We have created more networking and meeting opportunities for our members than ever before, in coordination with our strategic partners at the U.S. Department of Commerce.”

In addition to companies participating in the pavilion, dozens more NMMA member companies will independently display at METS. All U.S. exhibitors are invited to meet individually with U.S. commercial specialists attending the show from U.S. embassies in Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway.

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