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METSTRADE celebrates 35th edition with record attendance

The show at RAI Amsterdam from 15-17 November marked its impressive track record serving as an essential anchor point and meeting place for all marine companies and professionals worldwide with three packed days of meetings, networking, researching, and learning.
METSTRADE 2023 presented 1,540 exhibitors, 240 of them new to the show, from 53 countries across 11 halls at RAI Amsterdam. Busy stands, features and corridors hosted 28,900 visits from 18,630 unique visitors spanning 130 nationalities.
Croatia was the latest nation to launch a pavilion, taking the total to 29 country pavilions representing 19 nationalities. The number of sector specific pavilions also rose this year, with the Foiling Technology Pavilion and Start-Up Pavilion becoming instant hit newcomers alongside the well-established Superyacht Pavilion, Construction Materials Pavilion and Marina & Yard Pavilion.
The METSTRADE Theatre built on the success of its new hall 13 location from last year with a well-attended programme covering key issues of the day including ICOMIA’s propulsion decarbonisation study.
Alongside the Next Generation Propulsion Zone focused attention on climate-friendly solutions while the DAME Awards display showcased 53 marine equipment products demonstrating the benefits of total design practice.
The industry’s need to serve inclusivity and people and skills development were served in several ways including an expanded Young Professionals Club with its METSTRADE Career Zone and the second consecutive Women in the Marine Industry event.