The Metstrade show, set to take place Nov. 14-16 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center in the Netherlands, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.
Registration is free at metstrade.com before Nov. 6.
Slightly more than 100 exhibitors had set out their stall in one of the halls at RAI Amsterdam when the doors first opened in 1988. The event was known then as the Marine Equipment Trade Show.
Last year’s show covered 11 halls of the RAI, with 1,471 exhibiting companies welcoming a record 23,702 visits.
As very limited space is available for Metstrade 2017, the constant growth seen during the decades is set to continue at the 30th edition this November.
“While these statistics make for impressive reading, they do not tell the whole story behind the success of Metstrade,” RAI Amsterdam maritime Metstrade manager Irene Dros said in a statement. “The event may be the biggest of its kind and the amount of business conducted is unprecedented for the marine industry. But it is the atmosphere that many people remember most as professionals gather to share information and attend all kinds of functions.”
There were more than 12,400 companies — 11,000 represented by visitors and more than 1,400 exhibitors — from more than 110 nationalities at Metstrade 2016 “and we’re determined to ensure that this year’s event is a celebration of our shared passion for both the maritime sector and the planet on which it depends,” Dros said.