Italian marine industry association UCINA Confindustria Nautica and the country’s foreign trade institute, ICE Agenzia, are taking 79 Italian marine firms to the METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam next week.

From November 14-16, the companies will be displaying their products in the Italian and SuperYacht Pavilions. In the latter pavilion, visitors will find a larger Italian contingent than last year – 13 companies.

The UCINA-ICE collective will have 1,744sq m of space and an institutional stand, created with the support of the Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico and ICE Agenzia. Companies that are part of the Italian collective can hold business meetings there and will find a series of dedicated services from hosting to translating.

UCINA Confindustria Nautica will also host an official visit of the Italian Ambassador to the Hague, Andrea Perugini.

Meanwhile, UCINA ia sponsorsoring the Environmental Initiative Award at the 2017 edition of the prestigious Boat Builder Awards, organised by IBI magazine and METSTRADE. This and other prizes will be presented on November 15 during a gala dinner at the National Maritime Museum of Amsterdam.

This is the third edition of the Boat Builder Awards, created to honour both individual and team successes within the boatbuilding industry across eight different business categories.

Italy is also well represented amongst nominees for a 2017 DAME Design Award. There are five Italian companies in the running this year – BCM Illuminazione with its Surf Plate R, Besenzoni with their P400 Matrix, Razeto & Casareto with Soft Close Flush Lock, Opac with Retractable Blades Hard-Top and Tessilmare with BinoX.

According to UCINA’s latest figures, marine accessories firms in Italy generated around €989m in turnover in 2016 – 18% more than the previous year. Of this total, €720m came from production and the rest was from the sale of imported goods. Production of nautical accessories in Italy is evenly distributed between exports and domestic sales.