METSTRADE Marks 30 Years in 2017


Visitor registration has opened for this year’s edition of the METSTRADE Show. The event will once again take place at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre from November 14 to 16 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

When the show first opened its doors in 1988, it featured just over 100 exhibitors in one of the halls at RAI Amsterdam. By contrast, last year’s event covered eleven halls of the RAI, with 1,471 exhibiting companies welcoming a record total of 23,702 visits.

“While these statistics make for impressive reading, they do not tell the whole story behind the success of METSTRADE,” says RAI Amsterdam’s Maritime METSTRADE Manager Irene Dros. “The event may be the biggest of its kind and the amount of business conducted is unprecedented for the marine industry. But it is the atmosphere that many people remember most as professionals gather to share information and attend all kinds of functions. There were over 12,400 companies from more than 110 nationalities present at METSTRADE 2016 and we’re determined to ensure that this years’ event is a celebration of our shared passion for both the maritime sector and the planet on which it depends.”

In 1991 METSTRADE it introduced the DAME Design Award, a prestigious prize for marine product design and innovation, attracting high-level entries annually. Many exhibitors have begun using METSTRADE as the venue to unveil their latest developments. Now the show features an ‘Innovation LAB’, a central hub for all innovations at the show, with a rolling program of seminars, workshops, debates and presentations.

“We expect revolutionary developments in areas such as 3D printing, new propulsion methods, such as hybrid and electronic developments and the use of natural energy sources to transcend branch level,” says Dros of the future. “At this year’s anniversary edition, we are launching the EnnovationLab close to the InnovationLab. This new feature will take industry showcases and high-tech product developments in the field of new (electric and hybrid) propulsion methods to the next level.”

In 2016, METSTRADE organizer, RAI Amsterdam, acquired a 50 percent share of the IBEX International Boat Builders Exhibition and Conference (the American equivalent of METSTRADE) to further enhance its global reach.