A networking reception will be held on Wednesday 20 November in the USA Pavilion

The nearly 90 METSTRADE exhibitors from the US will host a reception on Day Two of the 2019 international trade conference in Amsterdam on 20 November.

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the USA Pavilion is one of the largest country pavilions at METSTRADE, and hosting other exhibitors from around the world for cocktails and appetizers is a casual way to gain exposure for US exporters, as other exhibitors may not have opportunities during regular show hours.

“Our industry connections are all busy at the show with their own individual objectives and it gives them an excuse to walk to take a look at what we’re doing here and who’s exhibiting, and do it in a relaxed setting, to begin to make those connections,” NMMA’s Sr Trade Director for Export Development, Julie Balzano, told IBI at a similar event back in August.

“It’s fun, and a great way to let loose after a hard day’s work,” Balzano told IBI, “but that’s not the reason we do it; we do it because it’s a very important networking tool.”

Sponsors of the event include the State of Tennessee, Suzuki Motor of America, Boatlife, Dr Shrink, Blue Water Shipping, Trend Marine and Barr Marine.