Kiwis Strong Presence At Mets

Barry 2018-10-18

METSTRADE the world’s largest B2B trade exhibition for leisure marine equipment will take place in RAI Amsterdam on 13-15 November and no fewer than 15 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting. 

METSTRADE is strictly a show for marine industry professionals where the latest in marine equipment are showcased. The show attracts close to 1500 exhibitors, spread over multi halls, including one dedicated entirely to construction material. Kiwi companies have long supported the show, and it is encouraging to see that some of our leading marine brands will be showcased to the world. Peter Busfield, CEO of the MIA says that METS is an important show for the Kiwi industry and it reinforces the commitment to innovation and technical development that out companies have.

“Many local companies pull above their weight, and we have some of the world leaders in their particular fields that call New Zealand home and will continue to do so”, says Busfield. The Kiwi companies at this year’s show are incredibly diverse from world leaders in marine electronics Fusion Entertainment, ENL, designers and manufacturers of the WAASP multi beam sounder, to clothing manufacturer Events Clothing and aerial manufacturer Pacific Aerials.

Amongst some of the new products on display will be from leaders in hidden panel mounting systems, Fastmount, who will exhibit at METSTRADE for the 12th year running in 2018. They will reveal at the show a brand new stand entirely constructed of Fastmount, to demonstrate the products’ potential and give their customers the most interactive experience possible. Fastmount will be showcasing the new heavy duty TC-F6H from its Textile Range, which was designed as a heavy duty mounting solution for exterior cushions on superyachts.

Oceanmax, the developer and manufacturer of Propspeed, will also showcase its new product, Lightspeed. Lightspeed is a revolutionary product specifically designed for underwater lights. Nontoxic and easy to apply, Lightspeed is the first aftermarket coating of its kind.

ConnexWire is New Zealand’s leading wiring and electrical solutions provider. They design and manufacture switch panels and plug and play electrical systems for Marine and Automotive O.E.M’s across Australasia. They are actively looking to expand their distribution network for their retail products and harness business globally. Two times DAME category award winners TruDesign, are known for innovative, highquality composite products in the specialist area of Thru Hulls, Ball Valves, Vented Loops Y Valves and associated plumbing fittings. More innovation will be shown this year including their Saddle Clip and Base assembly enabling the efficient routing of wiring and plumbing hoses.

Ultralon Foam Group will be looking to expand sales of their U-Dek anti-slip, closed-cell foam deck treads. U-Dek is an easy to maintain alternative to moulded in anti-slip or painton textures for traction in wet areas, is UV protected and non-absorbent. Paul Goddard, General Manager of Ultralon Foam Group, says: “We are looking to expand our dealer network in Europe and can offer CNC cutting heads for foam sheets and full technical support to OEMs and start-up builders”.

Another new Kiwi exhibitor at METSTRADE will be Tectrax with their revolutionary hub mounted electric drive amphibious system. Tectrax is an All Wheel Electric Drive system (AWED) that powers a vessel down the ramp, through sand and grass, and into the water. “We see Europe as an important market for us as we have an all-electric amphibious system that will now open up a lot of the lakes and areas that are restricted to conventional petrol and diesel power boats”, says Tectrax’s Fraser Brown.

“We are already working with a number of clients who have expressed interest in using our system in their electric-powered craft, so it’s a great and efficient combination”, added Brown.

Busfield says.” With the New Zealand marine industry extremely positive at the moment, buoyed by the forthcoming Americas Cup in 2021, shows like METSTRADE are extremely important to the growth in exports, particularly for our equipment manufacturers”.

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