26th METS opens to crowds
While final numbers are still being tabulated, the 26th annual Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) opened today in Amsterdam RAI to stronger than expected crowds.
According to organizers the 2014 show is slightly larger than last year’s event, with 1,320 exhibitors from 100 countries showing thousands of new products – including more than 300 global debuts.
This year’s show also features three new national pavilions representing the marine industries of South Korea, Slovenia and China, respectively. “The China pavilion is quite remarkable,” said show manager Irene Dros. “When I started at METS in 2001 we had three or four Chinese companies, and now we have a Chinese pavilion.” In total, 49 exhibitors from China can be found at this year’s METS.
A total of seven companies are exhibiting in the new Slovenian pavilion, along with five firms representing South Korea’s budding recreational boating industry. These new national pavilions bring the total at METS to 18.
“Opening day at METS was a very strong day,” said NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “The crowds were here and exhibitors in the American Pavilion and the Canadian Pavilion were busy for most of the day. I would say the show is off to a good start, and surprisingly so in light of the economic situation in Europe.”
“The first day for us has been very good,” said Terry Gilliland, VP of Business Development for SmartPlug. “We made several new contacts and met three or four potential distributors for our product in Europe.”
The 26th METS runs through November 21 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, the Netherlands.