We’re counting down the days until Metstrade opens its doors again in its full glory”, says Metstrade director Niels Klarenbeek. “Over 1,400 exhibitors from 50 countries will exhibit the latest ground-breaking innovations the leisure marine industry has to offer – in no less than 10 halls at the RAI Convention Centre. Our whole team has been working tirelessly to ensure the experience will be even better than before. All signs are set that the industry is just as excited as we are, as we witness a strong intake of boat builders, wholesalers, naval architects, marina developers and other marine professionals from all over the world. We can’t wait to welcome you in just a few weeks!

Metstrade: environment, technology, diversity, and skills development

Metstrade this year will be at the forefront of tackling the big issues of the day.

Electric aircraft visionary, Cory Combs, will set a challenge in his Breakfast Briefing keynote on 15 November, arguing that the marine industry, like aviation, needs to act on sustainability now by taking iterative steps using current technology rather than waiting for silver bullet solutions. The Breakfast Briefing is open to all exhibitors, press and VIP badge holders.

The Breakfast Briefing will also feature the unveiling of the winners for the prestigious DAME Design Awards 2022 – this year with over 100+ applications. Nominated and winning products represent the pinnacle of the design effort needed to improve user experiences and manufacturing efficiency. They will all be on display at the Elicium Ballroom (hall 13), right in the heart of Metstrade. While there you can hear IBI Editor, Ed Slack, interview the people behind the DAME winners at the Metstrade Theatre on each morning of the show.

There’s a welcome influx of younger talent behind many of the award winners. Metstrade uniquely supports and encourages all marine professionals aged under 35 through its onsite  Young Professionals Club. It’s free to access, offers invaluable networking opportunities, tours, and a chance to meet Cory Combs.

Industry Rising Stars is also one of 10 themes represented in the 2022 Boat Builder Awards – organised by Metstrade and IBI, in association with Raymarine – at the Amsterdam National Maritime Museum on the evening of 15 November. 

Gender diversity is an equally important priority for the leisure marine industry. This year Metstrade, in collaboration with trade body British Marine and Soundings Trade Only, is holding a breakfast time Women in the Marine Industry International meeting at the Metstrade Theatre on Wednesday 16 November, building on the success of previously held national events. A leadership panel will discuss opportunities and challenges prevalent to women working within the marine industry, although all gendersare welcome.

The Metstrade Theatre will also host a range of other presentations on important topics including superyacht technology systems and a market forecast for the superyacht sector. Right alongside, Metstrade’s E-LAB Electric & Hybrid Showcase will feature the latest in electric and hybrid propulsion.

Activities in Metstrade presentation rooms include free entrance on arrival sessions on the marine Ethernet OneNet Standard (Tuesday 15 November), NMEA 2000 Field Applications (Wednesday 16 November) and the future of superyacht design and whether sustainability is the next level in luxury (Wednesday 16 November).

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