2013 METS described as ‘one of the best in years’
As the 2013 edition of METS winds down the consensus among exhibitors seems to be unanimous – in spite of some concerns ahead of the show about the strength of the European economy, buyers came out in force and the show is already being considered among the best in years.
“METS was a really good show for us,” said Brian Kane, Director of Research & Development for Fort Lauderdale-based GOST Global. “We just came from the Fort Lauderdale show a few weeks ago and had one of our best shows ever, and now METS has been just fantastic. It’s nice to see the marine industry is definitely growing stronger than it has been in some time.”
“From a traffic standpoint and an interest standpoint, there is an unmistakable sense of optimism here at METS,” said Jeff Davidson, Sr. Business Director – Electronics Group for Humminbird, Grand Rapids, MI. “We met with all of our key distributors and almost all of them are forecasting positive growth for 2014. Humminbird is a global brand and we see a strong growth opportunity internationally, especially with our new-for-2014 Onix and Ion product lines that we introduced to the European market here at METS.”
First-time METS exhibitor Lehr Inc., Los Angeles CA, attracted a great deal of attention with its propane-powered outboards. “We’re very excited about the response we’ve seen here,” said Lehr CEO/Founder Capt. Bernardo Herzer. “People in Europe are very environmentally-conscious, and propane is already widely used in vehicles there so there’s a widespread familiarity with it. It’s a great fit for Lehr. But METS is a truly international platform, not just a European show, so coming here provides an opportunity to introduce our product to a truly global audience. We were nominated for a DAME award this year and that has generated an enormous amount of exposure, so we thank METS for that.”
The 2013 METS featured 1,320 exhibitors from 100 different countries showing thousands of new products – including more than 300 global debuts. Exhibitor space in the SuperYacht Pavilion completely sold out weeks before the show opened, even with a significant expansion of Hall 9. Although closing attendance figures were still being tabulated as the show closed on Thursday afternoon, the final number is expected to be close to last year’s figure of 19,617 visitors and could surpass 20,000.
The 27th METS will be held from November 18 to 20, 2014 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, the Netherlands.