Metstrade wrapped up yesterday with a record number of visitors. The marine equipment trade show had more than 26,000 visitors, according to Irene Dros, Director Maritime of Metstrade. The visitors represented more than 115 nationalities.
“It was really a good show,” Dros said. “The vibe was up-beat and I heard from many exhibitors that many new contacts were made. There seemed to be more networking going on this year.”
The business-to-business show had more than 1,600 exhibitors from 50 countries, with 237 new companies exhibiting.
Exhibitors consistently reported a positive mood at the show and most believed it would yield strong results.
Sean Pavlik, founder of Innovation Products, told Trade Only Today before the show’s opening that he was hoping to sign up one or two European distributors to market its line of products, particularly its iLatch product, which won an honorable mention in the show’s Dame awards.
“We’ve received interest from a number of distributors,” Pavlik said. “In fact, we had several distributors from the same company wanting to handle our product lines.” Pavlik said he felt happy with the results from the show.
“It’s been a fantastic show,” said Alberto Osculati, executive director of Osculati spa, an Italian distributor and manufacturer of marine equipment. “We’ve seen dozens of customers and everyone seemed happy with the show. We had many good meetings and I don’t remember hearing any complaints. They are happy not only about the market but also with our company. I find that part of the relationship very satisfying.”
Osculati introduced a range of new products at Metstrade year this year.
Ernie Ellis, president of Sea-Fire Marine Systems, said this year’s show ranks in the top five of his company’s attendance over the last 20 years.
“It was really strong this year,” said Ellis. “We had many meetings with existing customers and new leads from a lot of other countries. That included the U.S., Finland, South Africa, Estonia, Saudia Arabia, China and even Kazakhstan. Everything seemed to come together for this show. It really never disappoints.”
“We also seemed like there were many more young people at the show,” said Dros. “That’s a very positive signal for our industry going forward.”