Record number of exhibitors open METS

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The 2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show opened today and will continue through Thursday at the Amsterdam RAI complex.

In addition to welcoming a record number of exhibitors, METS 2014 has a larger and more diverse seminar lineup this year.

The Innovation Stage is part of a new Innovation LAB platform that the RAI is introducing for the first time at METS. Navigation equipment manufacturers will examine what the next quarter-century might look like for the marine electronics sector, drawing on technologies developed for the automotive and aeronautical sectors.

The Innovation Stage will be where outboard engine producer Mercury Marine presents its latest take on optimizing marine engine designs. Another keynote demonstration will see Green Marine showcase its vision on the future of custom yacht building.

A workshop by IBI and the International Council of Marine Industry Associations on “New Technologies & Manufacturing” and a wide range of Materia presentations will be on the Innovation Stage.

The Marina & Yard Pavilion is dedicated to equipment for marinas and boatyards. As well as playing host to a record 47 companies and organizations, the pavilion will be home to the Waterfront Stage. On the first two days of METS, the stage will feature 11 presentations.

At midday on Wednesday, Jean-Michel Gaigné, marina manager, a board member at the Global Marina Institute and a member of the ICOMIA Marinas Group, will discuss marina marketing and new consumer trends.