Large Crowds Open 2015 METS

The 2015 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) is off to a solid start, as thousands of marine industry professionals from around the globe packed the aisles of the massive Amsterdam Rai convention complex.

A record 1,385 companies from 45 different countries are exhibiting at this year's METS, up from last year's record of 1358. According to organizers, 220 of them making their first appearance at the world's largest marine equipment trade show. Spanning all seven halls of the Rai complex, this year's METS includes no less than 18 different national pavilions. "We're running out of space,' observed Sigrid Van Der Wel, METS' marketing communications and PR manager. "We need to look at how we can add some more floor space because we have people waiting to get into the show.'

The Canadian pavilion received an opening day visit from Judith Baguley, Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Embassy to the Netherlands. Ms. Baguley toured the Canadian pavilion with Sarah Anghel, NMMA Canada executive director and VP of government relations, and spoke with exhibitors about developing trade opportunities.

Overall, exhibitors in the Canadian pavilion were delighted with both the number and quality of visitors. "We're very pleased with the show so far,' said Michael Szwez, general counsel and corporate secretary at Brampton, Ontario-based Dock Edge +. "From the moment the doors opened there have been buyers in the booth.'

Tyler Seebach, VP of sales for Delta, BC-based CMP Global, was also impressed with the opening day crowd. "It's been very busy, we had crowds waiting to get in this morning, which is exactly what you want to see. We have some new anodes this year, and we're seeing quite a bit of interest in our Vulcan and Rocna products.'

This year's theme of sustainability got off to a running start with the Future of Yacht Recycling conference held on Monday, and continued through Tuesday morning's Breakfast Briefing with keynote speaker Peter Sander, manager of emerging technologies and concepts at Airbus Industries, speaking about how 3D printing can reduce costs for manufacturers while simultaneously reducing waste. The sustainability theme is evident throughout the show, particularly in the Material Xperience and Innovation LAB areas. The Rai facility itself is also contributing to the sustainability theme, working toward earning the ISO 2011 European Sustainability Certificate for the exhibition industry in 2016.