Sitting here at the CYCA before the last day starts of the MUSTO International Youth Match Racing event I am trying to remember back to just over a week ago when I was in Europe for METSTrade. METS this year was EPIC! It had been a few years since I had attended and this year Visitors and Exhibitor numbers were cracking some magic numbers which is fantastic for the industry.
METS this year had extended trading hours which I thought I would not need till I found myself still there on the last day almost at close. For people who have not heard of METS it is the Marine Equipment Trade Show. This is an industry event and all about the product and technology in the marine industry. This is simply an incredible event for those in the industry. For those who aren’t I have also had the opportunity to attend a few of the best boat shows in the world. Annapolis, London, Auckland and Dusseldorf which I call the best in the world. I hear Paris is pretty amazing but it is just at the wrong time of the year for me to attempt attending. I often tell people if you ever get the chance check out the Dusseldorf Boat Show. AMAZING!
Back to METS. Before the start of the show I had pre booked meetings with all my suppliers. This was to try to ensure we caught up on as much as possible during the three days and that I did not miss out on seeing anyone.
Day one I managed to get to see a few of our suppliers and get around a couple of the halls. I didn’t even make it to the hall with the Aussies in it on the first day! Yes this is how big METS is. I finished the day with a few drinks at the Allen stand with their team. It was great to catch up with those I have met and meet a few more of the team at Allen. They had a few new products on display including one that was nominated for a DAME Award and got a special mention.
On Day two I went to see Forespar and they were so busy we decided we would meet on Day three! To see one of our longest standing suppliers so busy with new customers was fantastic. Art and Bill are two of the loveliest people I have had the pleasure to work with. Both have been with Forespar for over 30 years.
We have also worked with Liros Rope from the beginning and Like Forespar Sven and Uwe have been fantastic to work with and have a long history with their companies. I also had meetings with PROtect Tapes, Schaefer Marine, Blue Performance, Passage SAS and JDC. If I were to go through all the new products I got to see and each day at METS it would take me hours hence the shorter version! I will be updating the DeckHardware website with new product details over the next few weeks.
METS has introduced a new Youth Club which is fantastic news! I remember the first time I attended METS as a young female, it certainly was a big step to take. So to see there is now a group to support the younger generation is fantastic. It was good to have a place to go and talk to people about the busy days. The industry needs some youth with new ideas and it is great to see this being recognized. The industry is changing that is something we are all well aware of and METS is certainly adapting to suit the changing marketplace and way of marketing and connecting! Thank you to the team at METS for the hard work and research you must be doing. Thank you also for featuring me in the Tuesday Newsletter as a Young Professional. METS was certainly EPIC this year more than ever. I have been three times now and each year I seem to be more exhausted. I don’t know if that is age or just showing how much DeckHardware is growing and how big an effect METS has on us.
This time around I didn’t stay near the RAI. I wanted to enjoy a short walk each day in the centre of Amsterdam so that it would feel like a holiday even though the days were filled with work. Enjoying the view on the walk to and from the train station was worth it, even with blisters from so much walking! It certainly didn’t feel like home hahahaha which was entirely the point. They say a little change is as good as a holiday right? I was lucky enough to get a deal on an amazing place called the Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam. The Employees were fantastic and it was so nice to be able to have some good food aka fuel to get me through and keep me going. I certainly would look at staying there again next time!
Thanks to all the DeckHardware Suppliers for the catch-ups. It was great to see you and discuss what comes next for us all! Amsterdam once again you were AMAZING and I promise to one day make time to be a tourist in your city instead of flying out the very next day. Beautiful you were as I was leaving with the sun shining!
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