Organizers report that with five weeks to go before the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2014, a record number of 1,331 companies from 46 countries have registered to exhibit at the Amsterdam RAI complex. That figure surpasses the total for METS reported in 2013 (1320), making this year's three-day event potentially the largest to date.
METS will be held be held from 18 to 20 November in Amsterdam RAI.
"At its core, the success of METS over the past 27 years has been due to its constant focus on serving the business-to-business community,' comments Amsterdam RAI's Maritime Domain Manager Irene Dros. "We successfully bring people together from around the world, active in the construction and maintenance of boats and yachts, and keep a constant finger on the pulse of the industry we serve.'
This year, 18 country pavilions will allow nations to create their own distinctive area at the show under the auspices of ICOMIA. The Chinese Pavilion has reportedly grown, doubling in the number of companies compared to previous edition. Additionally, the square-metre size of the Slovenian Pavilion has grown by fifty percent compared to 2013 and the USA Pavilion is also larger.
The SuperYacht Pavilion – a dedicated hall with associated educational and social networking programmes – will be the largest to date at this year's METS, with more than 190 exhibitors.
The Marina and Yard Pavilion (MYP) is dedicated to all kinds of equipment for marinas and boatyards. It's expected that 45 companies and organizations have registered to exhibit in this pavilion, which represents a fifty percent rise on 2013.
Another self-contained show within the larger METS context is the Construction Material Pavilion, which also features its own concepts, look and program. More than 30 companies have signed up to exhibit in this area, which is a ten percent increase on METS 2013.
"These growth figures across the board at METS 2014 are encouraging signs of a recovery in the US maritime market and the more upbeat vibe in Europe and elsewhere,' adds Dros. "METS has stood firm throughout the recession, consistently growing in both stature and visitors/exhibitor numbers. Now, as we enter a new phase, METS will continue to be the anchor place of choice for the leisure marine sector worldwide.'
METS is organised by Amsterdam RAI in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations); and for the first time this year the event will open its doors at 9.00 on both Wednesday and Thursday.