The 26th METS started off with a bang and ended the same way, according to happy exhibitors wrapping up at the Amsterdam RAI. Event organizers announced that METS 2013 set a record attendance of precisely 20,500 professionals for the three-day B2B event, up from last year's attendance of 19,617 visitors.
"A rise in attendance of over five percent compared to 2012 is very good news for everyone connected to METS and the global maritime supply industry,' says METS Domain Manager Irene Dros. "We also had a couple more exhibitors than last year and more country pavilions than ever. The various conferences and meetings also attracted huge numbers, adding to the positive vibe and genuine sense of good business being conducted. We are very proud it has been a record-breaking event and grateful to our exhibitors and visitors for reinforcing the reputation of METS as an unmissable exhibition.'
"The 2013 METS has been fantastic,' said Greg Henderson, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Kobelt Engineering. "It was busy from the moment they opened the doors each day, and the partners we met with were here to place orders. We met with some potential new partners as well, so it was a great show.'
The general consensus among exhibitors was that there was more activity in the halls than in the past few years. "It was a noisy show,' summed David Jones of Scepter Marine, exhibiting in the Canada Pavilion. "There was a lot of ambient sound throughout the building, because there were conversations taking place in every booth. You could physically hear how much busier it was. And it never really let up.'
"Between new and existing clients, we've probably signed some sort of business every 20 or 30 minutes throughout the entire show,' said Brock Templeman, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Sting Ray Hydrofoils. "Last year's METS was good but not like this, not at this pace. The buyers are definitely here to do business this year. I've never seen anything like it.'
Also exhibiting in the Canada Pavilion was Sidewind Marine. "The show was very good for us,' said Richard Brown. "It was a little slow to start but we came out of it with firm orders so you have to be happy.'
The 2013 METS featured 1,320 exhibitors from 100 different countries showing thousands of new products – including more than 300 global debuts. Exhibitor space in the SuperYacht Pavilion completely sold out weeks before the show opened, even with a significant expansion of Hall 9.
The 27th METS will be held from November 18 to 20, 2014 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, the Netherlands.