Metstrade, an international trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems, had record attendance and exhibitor numbers. The organizers said in a statement that 17,792 visitors made 26,984 visits over the three-day event, Nov. 17-19, a five percent increase over the previous year’s record. The show at Amsterdam’s Rai Convention Center also reported a record 1,670 exhibitors from 53 countries, with a total of 7,297 exhibitor personnel. More than 270 companies were new exhibitors from 36 countries.
One of Metstrade’s primary themes was sustainability, which came through several panel discussions of various aspects of recycling and sustainability in the boating industry. Sustainability was also addressed during presentations on the Innovation Stage, Ennovation Stage (dedicated to electric and hybrid information sessions) and the Construction in Process stage. The show’s partnership with the Water Revolution Foundation was also evident across the show. The Material District presentation was dedicated to bio-based and recycled raw materials. Next year’s Metstrade will take place in Amsterdam Nov. 17-20, 2020.