Metstrade Connect 2020

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Metstrade Connect 2020, sponsored by Raymarine, will focus on the pandemic challenges of the year with content varying from informative tech talks and Sustainability Panel Sessions to special awards acknowledging the adversity businesses have faced.

The event, which will take place Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. CET, seeks to connect the recreational marine industry at a time when physical meetings are extremely limited, organizers said.

“Metstrade is all about doing business and networking,” said director Niels Klarenbeek in a statement. “Although in a virtual environment, Metstrade Connect enables just that. We encourage the leisure marine industry to set up appointments, start making connections and benefit from all the interactive tools Metstrade Connect has to offer.”

In a State of the Industry, ICOMIA will feature a panel of global industry leaders that will discuss the impact of the coronavirus and what’s next for the leisure marine industry. The panel is moderated by Sara Anghel, National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada and ICOMIA president. Panel members include Lawrence Choc, president of the Hong Kong Boating Industry Association; Frank Hugelmeyer, NMMA president; and Andrea Frabetti, CEO of Sunseeker.

Metstrade sustainability partner Peter Franklin, who is endorsed by ICOMIA, will run several panel discussions focused on sustainable boating, with topics including: Ocean Biodiversity and Biofouling, the Future of Greener Boating, and End of Use Boats to look at how the industry is progressing after a year.

International Boating Industry magazine and Metstrade organizers have announced a special, one-off edition of the 6th Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement in 2020 that will acknowledge the challenges, ingenuity and resolve of our industry in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. It will feature five key awards spanning current priorities – two of which will be entirely new categories spotlighting the industry’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The winner will be announced at the virtual Metstrade Connect event. The Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement are Headline sponsored once again by Raymarine.

This year’s award categories are:

1.Exceptional Commercial Achievement In An Unprecedented Year, sponsored by Kohler

2.Community Support Initiative, sponsored by Fusion

3.Environmental Initiative, sponsored by Confindustria Nautica

4.Rising Star Award, sponsored by Lumishore

5.Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Side-Power

The Award winners’ Meet and Greet sessions immediately after the online Boat Builder Awards ceremony will be sponsored by Sunbrella.

Registration is free and can be done on Metstrade.com.

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