METS set to open its doors

Metstrade 2021

According to the organisers, the 33rd edition of Metstrade is almost set to open its doors on 16 to 18 November 2021 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre – a year later than planned due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Everything is in place to ensure that Metstrade 2021 offers a dynamic mix of business opportunities, networking and social meetings to the approx. 1,300 exhibiting companies and thousands of visitors who will head to RAI Amsterdam,” says Metstrade director Niels Klarenbeek. “There is a genuine excitement in the air as the leading B2B event for the leisure marine industry is back after two years and all elements of the Metstrade DNA that make this event so unique are in place. The various boat shows this autumn have illustrated just how ready people are to get together again and the tremendous energy that is released when they come face to face.”

A new addition this year, Metstrade TV, will enable the trade show to go fully hybrid, according to the organisers, with the single event catering to both in-person and virtual audiences. During the three day show, content will be produced in talk shows, expert sessions and panel discussions. All attendees, in-person and online, will have access to the online Metstrade Connect platform, which includes exhibitor profiles, a matchmaking tool and a livestream of Metstrade TV.

The central themes at this year’s Metstrade are sustainability and on-board comfort. The past eighteen months has further highlighted the importance people attach to sustainability, which was already a hot topic within the leisure marine world.

Sustainability will also be a focus in various pavilions. The Construction Material Pavilion will feature a new composite made from reused materials based on proven technology already used in wind turbine blades. The Marina & Yard Pavilion is presenting products that simplify the separation of various waste streams, while the SuperYacht Pavilion will underline the crucial need for ecologically responsible yacht building and management.

This year’s Metstrade will have a temporarily adjusted floor plan as a consequence of the challenges caused by covid. The 2021 edition will be held in the RAI’s Europa Complex (Hall 1-7, Europa Foyer & Elicium) and the extension to Hall 5. There will also be new locations for the SuperYacht Pavilion (SYP) in Hall 7, the Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) in the Elicium building and the Construction Material Pavilion (CMP) in the Europa Foyer.

A total of 17 countries will be represented in 26 different pavilions at Metstrade 2021, and for the first time at the event one country – France – has a pavilion in all four locations: Metstrade, SYP, MYP and CMP.

The Superyacht Forum Live (15-17 November), the HISWA Marina Symposium (18 November) and the GMI Certified Members Global Meeting (17 November) will also be taking place during Metstrade 2021.

If you are heading to the show, take a look at the article we recently put together about everything you need to know before travelling to METS. Also look out for Issue 2 of the Marine Industry News (MIN) print edition.

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