The 31 edition of the Metstrade Show will take place at the RAI Amsterdam convention center next Tuesday through Thursday and is expected to the be the largest to date with nearly 1,600 exhibitors from 50 countries.
Show promoters say that 237 new exhibitors will be displaying at the show for the first time. The SuperYacht Pavilion has been expanded to three halls and the area will feature a networking center called the Shipyard.
The Construction Material Pavilion has also grown for 2018 with 59 exhibitors and will include round table discussions on materials and methods, including rapid prototyping and 3D printing. The Marina & Yard Pavilion will reportedly have 69 exhibitors.
Electrical and alternative power continue to be intriguing topics and the E-nnovationLAB platform for electric propulsion will have 12 different stands. There will also be a new E-Lab stage where show visitors can check out new products.
The festivities will start early with the Superyacht Forum and the 50 anniversary of the HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Construction kicking off the week Monday morning. The new Meet & Mingle event is scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m. and Metstrade will officially open Tuesday morning with the Breakfast Briefing and DAME Design Award ceremony. The keynote speaker will be Groupe Beneteau CEO Hervé Gastinel.
“As is the case every year, Metstrade 2018 will be about bringing people together from across the spectrum of the leisure marine world,” said Irene Dros, RAI Amsterdam’s maritime director, in a statement. “No matter how well people communicate by email, regardless of how pleasant the phone calls, nothing beats face-to-face meetings. And as well as being good for commercial purposes, the personal connections made during the Metstrade week serve as an unrivaled source of inspiration and creativity for the year ahead.”