Exhibitors wound down the 2010 METS show in a happy mood, with many reporting strong sales and positive leads. The event, held at the Amsterdam RAI convention centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands, concluded on Thursday evening.
Show organizers report a total of 1,320 exhibitors participated in this year's event, up from the 1,261 who displayed their wares at the 2009 show and including 125 first-time exhibitors and 16 Canadian firms.
“The show is getting bigger and bigger every year,” said Eric La Violette, Business Development for Sherbrooke, QC-based Candoc. “This is our fourth year at METS, and we find it is a great venue to meet new contacts from all over Europe, and all over the world. Our international business is now much larger than our domestic, meaning North American, business volume and is one area where we have achieved consistent growth.”
Attendance going into the third and final day was 4.3 percent ahead of 2009 figures, with a final tally to be released shortly. More than 18,000 delegates attended the 2009 METS.
“We've been coming to the marine trade show here in Amsterdam since 1975,” said Jack Kobelt, President, Kobelt Manufacturing Co., Surrey, BC. “There are always new things to see and new people to meet, so it is an important show.”