METS sets record for attendance, exhibitors

reposted from: http://www.boatingindustry.com/

The numbers don’t lie – the 2014 METS was the biggest ever, with record numbers of both exhibitors and visitors.

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A total of 21,086 people attended the world’s largest marine equipment trade show, which wrapped up Thursday in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This beats the record 20,500 exhibitors who attended METS ins 2013, and according to show organizers, includes 6.5 percent more international visitors and 3 percent more decision-makers than the previous year.

Exhibitor numbers also set a new record this year, with 1,358 companies from 46 different countries showing a diverse range of marine equipment. That figure also surpasses 2013’s total of 1,320 exhibitors, which was also a record. Exhibitor booths filled seven buildings and included no less than 18 country pavilions.

“As impressive as these figures are, the real tribute to the success of METS 2014 was the bustling atmosphere throughout the RAI complex,” says Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager at host venue Amsterdam RAI. “From the excellent Breakfast Briefing on the opening morning of the show to the final deal struck on the exhibition floor, from the high degree of knowledge exchange at the complementary conferences to the networking fun at the various social gatherings, METS was a great place to be.”

Traffic at the desk to rebook exhibit space for 2015 was brisk on the final day, with an astounding 62 percent of exhibitors having already rebooked their space by the end of the show.

“This has been a great experience,” said Jason Gardner, VP of Marketing and Advertising for SeaDek Products, located directly across the aisle from the Material Experience exhibit. “This is our first time at METS and it’s been great. We came here not knowing a lot about the European market, and we’re pleasantly surprised. We’ve already rebooked for next year. The number of OEMs, boat designers, manufacturers, fabricators and distributors that we’ve spoken with is encouraging and we’ve already received firm orders, which is great for our first visit.”

“The first day was good, the second day was excellent and while the crowds were a bit thinner on the Thursday, we’re very happy with the outcome of the show,” said Mick Webber at Hydro Hoist. “We signed some new business and that’s what we came here to do.”

“Now the work starts to emulate this success again at METS 2015,” said Irene Dros. “And, to raise the bar even further!”

The 28th METS will be held from November 17 to 19, 2015, at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, the Netherlands.

Craig Ritchie
November 21, 2014
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Extreme Fishing Adventures – SeaDeked Triton

Earlier this month we created and installed a custom SeaDek kit for a 22′ Triton. This boat is part of the fleet for Extreme Fishing Adventures and is now SeaDeked with our brown over black faux teak, non-skid EVA foam material. This kit includes routed logos and a 32″ fish ruler. Thanks for the great pictures Captain Jimmy!

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Be sure to tune into Extreme Fishing Adventures on NBC Sports.
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Custom SeaDek on a 24′ Sea Pro Bay Boat

Here’s a custom storm gray over black SeaDek kit we made for our friend Shawn over at Mission Fishin Charters. This Sea Pro has a faux teak deck with routed logos, 64″ fish ruler, 20mm coaming bolsters and a 23mm helm pad. The kit was installed at our manufacturing facility by our custom installation team.MF8MF1 MF2 MF3 MF5MF4MF7MF6

Mission Fishin Charters is based out of the Tampa Bay and Nature Coast areas and offers a variety of fishing and sight-seeing charters great for the whole family.

For more information on Mission Fishin Charters visit: www.missionfishincharters.com and be sure to like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/missionfishin.charters

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SeaDek Holiday Discount

Holiday Discount

Save 10% and get free shipping on stock SeaDek products on our webstore! Visit www.seadek.com to see our variety of stock products available including helm pads, kayak kits, SUP traction pads, fish rulers, and coaming bolsters.

Just enter promo code: SEADEK2014 during checkout from now until December 25th to redeem this offer. Please feel free to share this code with friends on your social media pages, and be sure to include #seadek and #seadeked with the pictures of your new SeaDek.

Stock orders must be placed by 12/16 to be delivered in time for Christmas.
*SEADEK2014 offer is good for stock products on our webstore and excludes swim platform pads, template kits, samples, iPhone 5 pads, apparel and custom products.

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SeaDek iPhone Pad Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Matthew Tiblier! You are the winner of this week’s iPhone pad giveaway! Please send us your mailing address and we’ll get your prize right off to you. #SeaDekMe

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Thank you to everyone who entered this week. If you’d like to purchase your own iPhone pad, please visit our online store: www.seadek.com/c-101-phone-pads.aspx

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#SeaDekMe

This afternoon we will be giving away a SeaDek iPhone pad. Just visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SeaDek) and hashtag #SeaDekMe on our giveaway post to be entered into this week’s drawing. #SeaDeked #MadeInTheUSA

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Just can’t wait to win one? Buy a SeaDek iPhone pad from our online store: http://www.seadek.com/c-101-phone-pads.aspx

Contest rules and restrictions:
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Free Shipping on SeaDek Apparel and Phone Pads

We are now offering free shipping on our SeaDek shirts, hats and phone pads! Be sure to get your SeaDek gear and post photos while boating, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, or doing whatever you like to do best and post your photos with #seadek and #seadeked.

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To order a SeaDek phone pad visit: www.seadek.com/c-101-phone-pads.aspx
For SeaDek hats and shirts visit: www.seadek.com/c-56-apparel.aspx

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SeaDeked Gheenoe LT25

Our friend Jeff Murray with Commercial Sewing (http://commercialsewing.com) just sent us some footage from the 2014 Chucklehead Island Gheenoe Campout. His 2007 Gheenoe LT25 features a full mocha over black faux teak SeaDek kit with matching Yeti cooler top.

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Check out the video of Jeff’s LT25 SeaDek installation:

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Florida Sportsman Winner – Custom SeaDek

Here’s a custom SeaDek kit awarded at the Kayak Fishing Bondoggle (www.kayakfishingboondoggle.com) last month! This is a custom Hobie ProAngler 14 kit with a brushed finish and routed SeaDek logos. Congrats Austin and great job on your install! Thanks Florida Sportsman (www.floridasportsman.com) and everyone who participated in Bondoggle this fall.

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The next Kayak Fishing Bondoggle will be held in Flamingo, FL from February 13th – 15th. For more information please visit: www.kayakfishingboondoggle.com/event/flamingo-fl-boondoggle-spring-2015

To order a stock kayak kit for a Hobie PA 14 in storm gray or amy camo, visit: www.seadek.com/p-441-hobie-mirage-pro-angler-14-complete-kit.aspx. For additional colors and custom graphics, please contact customer service at: customerservice@seadek.com or  321-632-4466.

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SeaDek on Silver Kings – Episode 6

Episode 6 of the new Tarpon fishing tournament series, Silver Kings TV, just aired on Destination America. Check out the new episode in its entirety at www.silverkingstv.com!
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Catch new episodes of Silver Kings on Destination America on Saturday mornings at 8:30am or at www.silverkingstv.com.

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