Published: Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Mike Fulton

Following Slovenia and China, that were added to the list of country pavilions in September, South Korea has now become the 18th country to have a country pavilion at this year’s Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS). The show will run from 19 to 21 November at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.

METS has grown significantly over the years. Five companies were present at the first ever event, including the US and the UK. Over the following five years Demark, Italy, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and Canada took up pavilions. Germany and Norway then joined the fray. By its 15th anniversary in 2002, Australia, New Zealand and Turkey had brought the total number of country pavilions to 15.

Sarah Westdjik, METS’s project manager said of the addition: “It is great to have a second Asian pavilion at the show this year and we welcome South Korea. Whilst the pavilion is quite modest, we are sure that in time it will grow significantly as they showcase and present their companies and technological expertise.

The pavilion was established with the aid of the Korean Trade Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and current Korean companies exhibiting this year include Kyungin Corporation, DJ Pump, Bay Industrial, Baeksan Propellers and Pretech Marine.