Metstrade names new sponsor for Boat Builder Awards

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Metstrade said that Volvo Penta has signed on as a sponsor for the 2019 Boat Builder Awards. The awards, organized by Metstrade and IBI magazine, are held during the annual trade show in Amsterdam.

Volvo Penta will sponsor the International Distributor or Dealer Development award.

“Volvo Penta is proud to be sponsoring an award, which recognizes leadership within the boating industry,” said Johan Inden, head of Volvo Penta’s marine leisure segment and president of Volvo Penta region Europe in a statement. “Advancements in international distribution and dealer development are essential to helping the industry grow. We look forward to seeing what success cases for business growth are presented by the nominees in this category.”

About 400 guests attend the gala dinner on the first Tuesday of Metstrade at the National Maritime Museum in the heart of Amsterdam.

“These awards are about recognizing the very best of our industry and it’s awesome that pioneers like Volvo Penta are now involved,” said Irene Dros, director maritime of Metstrade, in the statement.

Raymarine announced that it would be renewing its commitment as headline sponsor for at least two more years. It has been headline sponsor since the awards started five years ago.

Other sponsors include Lumishore for the Collaborative Solution between a Superyacht Builder (over 24m) and its Supply Chain Partner category; Ultraflex for Collaborative Solution between a Production Boat Builder and its Supply Chain Partner for vessels under 24m category; Fusion for Innovative On-Board Design Solution category; Dometic for Innovation in a Production Process Category; UCINA for Environmental Initiative; Gurit for Rising Star category; Marine Resources for the Best Apprenticeship or Training Scheme category; Side-Power for Lifetime Achievement award; and Sunbrella for After-dinner drinks. 

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