METSTRADE 2023 draws record crowds

Being part of the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems for the international leisure marine industry is always exciting for the U-DEK® team and 2023 was no exception.

Record crowds ascended on RAI, Amsterdam over the three-day event in November which serves as a platform for innovation, market developments and networking for marine companies and professionals.

This year METSTRADE celebrated its 35th event with 1,540 exhibitors (240 of them new to the show) from 53 countries across 11 halls. Busy stands, features and corridors hosted 28,900 visits from 18,630 unique visitors spanning 130 nationalities.

Speaking after the show closed, METSTRADE Director, Niels Klarenbeek, stated: “It is an absolute privilege to have the heritage and strong bow wave of positive sentiment from 34 editions behind us, but we take nothing for granted. The marine industry is moving at an incredible pace to address the many opportunities and challenges set before it. We were pleased to play our part for this 35th anniversary edition by offering several well received new features targeted at sustainability, people, skills, inclusivity, and innovation.”

ICOMIA’s CEO, Joe Lynch, commented: “When working day-to-day you can be oblivious to the scale, variety, pace of innovation and new developments happening across the leisure marine sector. There is so much passion and enthusiasm within our industry and to see it condensed in one place is very exciting. ICOMIA has been a partner of METSTRADE since its first edition; as the global association representing marine industry associations around the world, this show also offers the welcome opportunity for our committees to meet and plan together.”

The U-DEK® team will be back in Amsterdam for METSTRADE 2024 which takes place from 19-21 November.