The METSTRADE Show is the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems.
After a huge few days at Metstrade, I am back in the warehouse with lots of notes following meetings with a high percentage of our Suppliers. Whilst METS is on during our busiest time of year it is something we try to attend at least every 2 years. With so much happening, we decided we could not skip a year.
A number of our Suppliers have new products on the horizon which is exciting. We hope to announce these soon as we get our heads around the possibilities and pricing.
This trip was the first time I have had a chance to look at the Houdini display as normally they display alternate years whilst attending every year. After visiting their factory a number of years ago it was fantastic to see how they display and promote their range of Hatches and Doors. It is incredible to see the options available via their range.
Most of our Suppliers will be releasing New Catalogues in 2020.
Thanks to all our Suppliers who took the time to catch up during my whirlwind trip. Hopefully, next time will include a visit to one of you whilst in the region. It’s great to catch up in person to discuss what’s happening. Special thanks to the Team at Allen who helped me fight the jet lag on the first day.
I managed to spend a day walking around Amsterdam in some sunshine. It was the first time I have had this chance as usually, it is overcast or raining during METS. So instead of heading to a museum I stayed outside and walked around to get to know the city a little more.
So standby for some product announcements in the coming weeks.
Just a little excited as I have two more sleeps before I head to Europe as it has been a HECTIC month. We have not made the trip to METS for a couple of years due to the cost and time of year being the busiest time for DeckHardware. It is pretty hard to get away when the sailing season is in full swing. Sadly I will actually miss a Grade 3 Match Racing event too. It is always great to catch up though with all our suppliers and see what is happening in the industry.
METS as it is known is the trade show for the marine industry. It really is an incredible few days and a very busy few days. If you have not heard of it before here is a little more detail:
The world’s largest marine equipment trade show
METS, 18-19-20 November 2014 in Amsterdam RAI, is the only international B2B exhibition for the marine leisure industry. It’s the perfect place to forge profitable relationships and it showcases new product launches by 1,345 exhibitors from over 40 countries. Far more than just an exhibition, METS combines new products, seminars and unrivalled networking opportunities for visitors to connect across countries, technologies and industry sectors.
This year the International Sailing Summit is also happening in Amsterdam the day before METS! I am extremely excited to be able to attend this as it is something I have wanted to do for some time. The program looks great for this years event! Since deciding to put together the Sydney Sailboat Expo attending has become even more important. I have always volunteered a lot of my time to supporting and promoting the sport of sailing. It is something I feel very strongly about as I feel extremely lucky to have been brought up in the sailing community.
Speaking of community, you are probably wondering why I am flying a week early to Europe at our busiest time of year. Before I head to Amsterdam I am flying into Frankfurt to see some very special people. Two of my old crew from when I owned Animus!!!! Marty and Marlene now live in Germany with their three children. Whilst I am there we are celebrating their eldest’s 7th birthday. I can not wait to see them and spend some time with them. I have been told we have a big few days of German traditions ahead and no doubt Marlene and I will spend hours talking and catching up. I was lucky enough to have a visit from Marty and their eldest earlier in the year when they visited Australia. It has been several years now since I last saw Marlene and I can not wait to see her and catch up!
It is a very busy three weeks ahead. I will try and do a few extra blog posts to keep you all up to date! When I get back from Europe I have two days to get over some jet lag before I get out on the water to do some umpiring once again.
Well I have left wonderful Ireland to head to the METS trade show. Yes the real reason I flew 24hrs to this side of the world. I was very sad to leave Ireland but it had to be done. There were so many places I wanted to go but never got to. I will just have to go back sometime hopefully soon.
The trade show is amazing. I have never seen anything like it. Unfortunatly Cameras are frowned on so you will all just have to imagine such a very big boat show.