The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and RAI Amsterdam, organiser of the annual METSTRADE Show, have renewed their cooperation agreement for another five years.

ICOMIA and RAI Amsterdam first signed their landmark METSTRADE ‘cooperation contract’ in 1991. One of the most significant partnerships in the recreational marine equipment sector, ICOMIA and RAI envisioned METSTRADE as the industry’s most influential B2B trade show – a vision which has lived up to and exceeded this expectation.

The most prominent features of their cooperation include ICOMIA continuing to sponsor the Breakfast Briefing and continuing to moderate the partnership between RAI and ICOMIA’s global Marine Industry Association membership, who serve as the gateway to the international leisure marine industry.

Meanwhile, RAI remains one of ICOMIA’s most staunch supporters – providing ICOMIA access to meeting rooms and facilities during its events and ensuring ICOMIA is represented in its METSTRADE governing body the ‘Exhibition Committee’.

ICOMIA has been the voice of the recreational marine industry since 1966, with no less than 35 marine industry association members from around the world.

METSTRADE is the world’s largest trade show for the marine equipment sector and is the only trade show of its kind that ICOMIA officially supports.

“It is impossible to overestimate the benefit that the ICOMIA/RAI partnership has on the industry,” says Jouko Huju, ICOMIA president. “We make a great team, sharing a primary goal to further strengthen the marine equipment sector.

“METSTRADE is the most important show for our equipment manufacturers and suppliers and is a well-established ‘must attend’ event for the global industry,” Huju adds. “I am proud of ICOMIA’s long term association with RAI and of our commitment to METSTRADE.”