The 27th annual METS continues on a roll, with record numbers of exhibitors, strong attendance through the first two days, and deals being made throughout the massive Amsterdam RAI exhibition complex.
While opening day attendance was announced at approximately four percent above 2013 levels (7,039 this year compared to 6,761 people in 2013) strong Wednesday crowds also exceeded last year's volume, with 8,464 visitors compared to 8,430 in 2013.
"It has been very busy so far this year,' said Sean Griffith, CEO at GME, which was showing a brand-new Bluetooth edition of its popular G-Deck product. "We've already seen about 80 percent of our international distributors, and had a number of serious enquiries from companies in several different markets. Our export business is doing well this year, Europe is up a bit, and North America is also up a little bit over 2013, so we're generally pleased.'
Kevin Barr, CEO for Queensland, Australia-based sunglass manufacturer Barz Optics, was also pleased with the show so far. "Our export business has grown substantially in the last few years,' said Barr. "Three years ago exports were 10 percent of my business, two years ago they were about 30 percent and over the past 12 months they're up to 45 percent. We sell in Europe, Asia, North America, the Caribbean. We're in 27 countries overall, and 20 of those probably came about from being at METS. The whole world comes here, so it's where you need to be if you want to grow exports.'
Although the final Thursday is generally the quietest of the three days of METS, both organizers and exhibitors alike are expecting steady traffic.
The 27th METS runs through November 20 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, the Netherlands.