The 35th edition of the Amsterdam Metstrade has concluded, which saw Italy play a leading role with the most represented and qualified participation of the event. The best of Made in Italy excellence in the sector was in fact on display, represented by 66 companies brought together by Confindustria Nautica and the ICE Agency in Hall12 and at the Superyacht Pavilion, a unique exhibition capable of enhancing the design and production of superyachts and components of which Italy is the leading producer in the world. Enthusiasm and participation characterized the Italian presence in Amsterdam: “It is increasingly clear to our companies the great value of participating in the Metstrade in Amsterdam within the Italian collective which is part of the multiple actions implemented with the ICE Agency as part of the Made in Italy Plan promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – declared Saverio Cecchi, President of Confindustria Nautica. Networking and promoting the country system is absolutely strategic for the internationalization of companies that export quality, excellence and innovation abroad. Starting from the synergy in communication actions that have enhanced and amplified the role of market leader of Made in Italy”.
An exciting visit also for the Italian Ambassador to The Hague, Giorgio Novello, who at Metstrade 2023 met the Italian companies present, the organizational leaders of the fair and the leaders of Confindustria Nautica: “I saw first-hand the global significance of the sector in the meeting with Saverio Cecchi, President of Confindustria Nautica, who contributed to the organization of the Italian collective participation: 88% of the turnover is exported, attention to sustainability is growing, the turnover continues to grow at double digits, the connection with the territory is structural, tradition and continuous innovation (as in foil) and elegance of materials and design proceed side by side. The Italian institutions in the Netherlands for their part have contributed to the visibility of the Italian system. This applies in particular to ICE Agenzia which oversaw the participation of almost 70 Italian companies”.
Satisfaction also expressed by the companies that took part in the Italian collective gathered in Hall 12 of the event. Anton Francesco Albertoni, CEO Veleria San Giorgio: “The fair is going very well, we had two beautiful days. We worked very well, the conditions for an excellent 2024 season are all there. The collective is absolutely functional for us, it’s nice to have an Italian area, to be close to colleagues and to be able to work together. All this can only be done with the coordination of a trade association that supports you, the added value is there and it shows. The feedback on the sector is very positive, despite the initial concern we had a fantastic International Boat Show in Genoa and here in Amsterdam it went just as well, it will be a good 2024 season with many good results for everyone”.
Alessandro Gianneschi, CEO of Gianneschi Pumps&Blowers declared: “Two excellent days for us, we had numerous visitors and very interested people. The great expectations we had did not fail, there was a large turnout with visitors from Europe, the Middle East, Turkey and Asia. It is the second year in which we exhibit in the new location, this has further strengthened the image of both the accessory and the Italian collective, in which we have many companies that are number one in the sector recognized internationally. Joining forces and forming a group is functional and gives a very strong image that is giving great results. We want to continue like this, to form a group and organize events, trying to involve more and more companies”.
Piero Formenti CEO ZAR Formenti: “Excellent quality, today was an interesting day with important contacts. Producing tenders, from here we are close to the Superyacht Pavillion and for this reason the location is good. The collective is very important for the Italian identity, also to give a signal to buyers of what is beautiful and well-made Italian. Companies that are not part of the collective should join us, they would certainly benefit greatly from being part of an important group that leaves its mark on this show”.
Andrea Razeto – CEO of F.lli Razeto and Casareto: “METSTRADE is a fair with an always very high level, we have had many visits and we manage to meet many new people, we are very satisfied. As far as attendance is concerned, the positioning works in our favour, the METS reconfirms itself as a fair which, both qualitatively and quantitatively, remains important for us and for our work. The collective formula is always a winning one, one of the Italian characteristics is that of having many companies, even small ones, and the fact of managing to appear all together – especially in a sector in which we represent the excellence of technology and design by creating critical mass – makes us recognized and gives us a very important Made in Italy brand identity”.
Confirming the leading role of the Italian recreational nautical industry, the opening of the 2023 edition of the METS was entrusted, as part of the traditional Breakfast Briefing appointment with the leaders of the global nautical industry, to the keynote speech by Massimo Perotti, President and CEO of Sanlorenzo SpA and Past President of Confindustria Nautica who was also recognized with the Lifetime Achievement award as part of the Boat Builder Awards held on the evening of November 16th at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Confindustria Nautica’s participation in METS was also strategic in terms of international comparison at a technical and regulatory level.
The national trade association took part in numerous working groups of ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations which brings together 43 nations) and, in particular, in the official presentation of the study on decarbonisation in the nautical sector, a topic that was addressed in part of the World Yachting Sustainability Forum organized by Confindustria Nautica at the 63rd Genoa International Boat Show.
The next events in which Confindustria Nautica and the Italian pleasure boating industry are protagonists will be held in Rome on 14 December with the Members’ Assembly entitled “Nautical: Industry, politics, economy” and, as part of the promotional activity international with ICE Agenzia, with an institutional presence at the Boot in Düsseldorf, from 20 to 28 January 2024.