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(15 November 2023 - 17 November 2023 )
Location: Netherlands , Amsterdam
Organizer: Amsterdam RAI

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METSTRADE 2023 will take place at Amsterdam RAI between the dates 15.11.2023 and 17.11.2023. The event will be in an in-person format. The venue will not have a strict COVID-19 prevention plan in place due to the removal of the country's pandemic-related restrictions.

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METSTRADE is the leisure maritime industry's leading fair. It is where the sector learns about the latest trends. Founded in 1988, the fair is the largest trade exhibition for marine equipment. The event caters to 3 specialist sectors — Superyachts, Marina & Yards, and Construction. The fair takes place at the Amsterdam RAI and is among the capital of the Netherlands' leading events.

Business Profile of the Event

The fair attracts delegates from many branches of the leisure maritime industry. This includes the yacht building sector and the equipment manufacturing branch. It also includes the boat accessories, port equipment, and services industries. The trade sector also visits the fair. Manufacturers and suppliers are among the visitors of the event as well. So are retail agents, captains and many potential buyers. Among the notable companies that exhibit is Drew Marine Signal & Safety. Thetford Europe and Resoltech Epoxy Resins also exhibit or visit the fair.

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METSTRADE can help attendees in completing several important business goals. Such include networking and expanding specialist knowledge. Additionally, the fair can help in gaining recognition and expanding business. METSTRADE is also an international platform for making important purchases.

The fair has an extensive program that can help in completing such aims. One of the main events is the exhibition. It features a large range of products from boat furnishings to docking equipment. The exhibition includes 3 specialized areas. These are Marina & Yard, Construction and Superyachts. The exhibition zone also includes 20 country pavilions. One of the pavilions is the Netherlands, with others including Monaco and the UK.

The program of the fair additionally includes events such as the I-nnovation LAB. The I-nnovation Lab is the main hub for the showcasing of innovations. It shows all nominated products for the DAME Design AWARDs. It is also where the presenting of the Boat Builder Awards nominees occurs. The Lab furthermore hosts a range of seminars, presentations, and debates. Its program also includes many workshops. The I-nnovation Lab has a dedicated area for gathering information — the Newsroom.

Similar in intent is the E-nnovation Lab. This is a platform for showcasing the latest electric & hybrid marine propulsion technology. The Lab includes an area for examining the newest developments and components.

METSTRADE includes within its program the Material District Pop-Up. It is where manufacturers and start-ups showcase innovative yacht building materials. Often this includes materials made using 3D printing or smart technologies. It also features the latest developments in using recycled or bio-based materials.

One of the events of interest is the Superyacht Forum. It is where important decision-makers, leading industry figures, advisors, and influencers network. The Forum features meetings, debates, workshops and interactive sessions. The Forum includes around 800 delegates. Among them are architects, managers, captains, and brokers. Visitors also include suppliers, lawyers, builders, and consultants. They also feature subcontractors, owners, and investors.

The Breakfast Briefing acts as the inauguration of the fair. During the briefing, a leading figure of choice holds a keynote speech. They also open the DAME Design Award ceremony. During the ceremony, a specialist jury selects nominees in 8 categories. The jury makes the selections based on how important the design is for the products. They also consider the expected impact of entries on the industry. Other considered factors are the suitability of the design and the innovation level. Cost, ease of use and environmental impact also receive notice. Up to 8 nominees can receive the Award — 1 general winner and 7 category ones. Products that are exceptional yet did not earn the award, receive a Special Mention.

The Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement are similar in intent. They reward important contributions to the boat building sector. Individuals, teams, or supply chain partners within shipbuilding companies can receive the Award. There are 6 categories: personal achievement, design, and innovation. The other 3 categories are collaborative working, environmental responsibility, and marketing.

Attendees should also consider visiting the Construction Material Pavilion. It is the location for examining new materials and boat/yacht construction techniques. The Pavilion will address subjects such as the end-of-life of FRP materials. Another subject of discussion will be the latest technical, environmental and regulatory issues. Within the area will be the Construction in Process Stage. The Stage is an interactive platform where exhibitors can perform a short demonstration. The demonstration will be on the demonstrator's production process. This will show the newest solutions in the exhibitor's expertise field. Demonstrators will share in-depth knowledge such as how the process works. The demonstrations can be of value to shipbuilders, designers, and materials suppliers.

Another event included in the METSTRADE's programme is the HISWA Marina Symposium. The Symposium is part of the Marina & Yard Pavilion. Its subjects of focus will include the new developments for marinas. Themes will feature sustainability, future water tourism challenges and attracting new boaters.

THE GMI Certified Members Global Meeting is similar in intent to the Symposium. The meeting allows GMI Certified members to discuss trending topics related to marinas. It also allows them to examine the latest developments and network with others.

Two more main events form the foundation of the METSTRADE. These include the NMEA electronics seminars and the METSTRADE Young Professionals Club. The NMEAS seminars include sessions on new technologies and electronics. The seminar programme of the seminars focuses on the newest topics.

The Young Professionals Club is a meeting event for professionals under 35. It provides a hybrid environment for the hosting of meetings and networking.

Professionals from several sectors should consider attending METSTRADE. Among them are specialists working in the boats and boat accessories sectors. The shipbuilding and port equipment branches should likewise opt to visit. The trade and manufacturing sector should not overlook attending. Particularly, original equipment manufacturers and retailers. The fair can also help guests considering buying a yacht.

Your Hotel Room in Amsterdam

Invest in your business trip with hotel accommodation selected for your specific needs. Travel 2 Fairs Ltd works with you to send you hotels in Amsterdam with an ideal location and price tag. This allows you to select the hotel offers that work best for you. Such as placing you near Amsterdam RAI for a quicker commute. We have extensive experience in working with large groups. So do not hesitate to query for parties of twenty people and more. The entire registration process takes up to a day, and you leave all details to us. Also, Travel 2 Fairs ltd assists with logistics as well. You can request a rent-a-car or an airport transfer in both directions, whether it is private or shared.


METSTRADE is an annual 3-day fair that takes place as Amsterdam RAI. RAI Amsterdam organizes the event, with the opening hours being between 10 am and 6 pm for the first 2 days. For the final day of the fair, the opening hours are between 10 am and 5 pm.

Amsterdam RAI is accessible from many areas of the city. For instance, you can reach the messe from the Schiphol airport in 17 minutes via bus. Furthermore, you can reach the venue from the central railway station in 10 minutes by metro.

Amsterdam has a well-working transport system consisting of buses, metro, trains, and taxis. The system connects all districts of the city and allows travelling to other cities. For example, you can visit nearby Rotterdam.  

Amsterdam has many options for accommodation and dining. Among them are guest houses and apartments. You can also consider hotels ranging from 2 to 5 stars. There are additionally hostels in many districts of the city. Dining options in the city and area include restaurants, bistros, and diners. Some bars and clubs offer a food menu as well. Among the recommended districts to search for accommodation in is the city centre. You should also consider Oud Zuid, De Pijp, Jordaan, Westerpark and Plantage.

Audience and Statistics

METSTRADE is a high-profile event that receives around 20000 attendees during its editions. For instance, its 2018 edition featured 1100 exhibitors. It also received 16716 visitors. METSTRADE receives attendees from many countries. Among them are the Netherlands, Italy, the UK, Germany and France. Delegates from many industries come to the fair. This includes maritime sectors such as boats, boat accessories, shipbuilding, and port equipment. Many trade sector delegates also attend, including retailers. Members of the import & export sector likewise visit. Often, they represent import or export agencies. The manufacturing sector also sent trade delegates such as original equipment manufacturers. The Services sector likewise sends delegates such as brokers, financial advisors or charters.

Past Editions

2021 Edition

The METSTRADE 2021 featured a specialised one-off layout. The layout included a design that permitted the entire event to take place in Halls 1 to 7. The Elicium building hosted part of the platform. The 2021 edition also made an exclusion to its manufacturer policy. Non-European manufacturers could have their stands operated by authorized European distributors and representatives.





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