Successful start for SMM
The world's biggest maritime trade fair has kicked off in Hamburg with top-level speakers officially opening what promises to be a record-breaking event that includes many companies from the GCC.
"This is a very special SMM," said Bernd Aufderheide, CEO and President, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.
The enormous interest shown by exhibitors and visitors alike proves it. More than 2,100 exhibitors and over 50,000 visitors are expected, more than ever in the history of this fair.
"We are fully booked, and this fair welcomes every type and size of company, from market leaders and global players to medium-sized companies and innovation-focused start-ups. Their products cover a wide spectrum from large-scale ship engineering and shipbuilding products to ship outfitting and equipment supplies, and from cargo handling systems and maritime technologies to specialised services," said Aufderheide.
Organisers say what is especially exciting this year is that more than 150 companies are presenting themselves at SMM for the first time.
With its 26 national pavilions, including a first for Dubai, and exhibitors from 67 different countries, this year's fair is more international than ever.
"But it is not only in the exhibition halls that this event impresses. Our special-events programme sets new standards, as well, underscoring the role of SMM as the leading international maritime trade fair," said Aufderheide, stressing the well-balanced subject matter concept of the fair.