Approximately 90 percent of the exhibit space at the upcoming Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2010 is sold – months ahead of deadline. The event is scheduled to be held November 16 to 18 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, Netherlands.
“METS is the gateway to the international leisure marine industry,” says Annelie Koomen, the show's Communications and PR Manager. “If you wish to do business outside your country, METS is an absolute must. Key decision makers of all market leaders are present as well as other professionals from some 90 countries. Exhibiting is quick, easy and efficient because of uniform the stand packages.”
Show organizers report that 125 new companies will exhibit at this year's show. “Exhibitor response has been excellent – an encouraging sign that the industry is starting to see some positive economic recovery,” says METS Senior Product Manager, Irene Dros. “We are looking forward to another vibrant and successful show that will help set the marine leisure sector back on its feet.”
Last year METS attracted 18,000 visitors and 1,261 exhibitors, including a dozen Canadian companies in the Canada Pavilion. One of those Canadian exhibitors, Paul Fry, of Con-o-Lift by Kropf Industrial Inc., located in Parry Sound, Ontario, felt that METS was an excellent way for Canadian companies to break into the European market. “METS has definitely opened new markets for us,” said Fry. “If you want to take the time there is a good opportunity. The people who attend are in the marine industry and they're there to buy. International sales, not including America, now represent approximately five percent of our business and we're trying to make that even bigger.”
Special highlights at this year's METS will include the SuperYacht Pavilion and its Refit Boulevard, Global Superyacht Forum, a newly expanded Marina Equipment Pavilion and the 20th Design Award METS (DAME).