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NAVALIA 2018 increases by 30% the number of exhibitors and reaches the 90 visitor countries

The seventh edition of the International Shipbuilding Exhibition of Vigo becomes the most important one in Spain inside its sector and lies between the more influent ones in Europe.

The organization expects to achieve the 25000 professional visitors.

The programme of technical conferences envisages the celebration of almost 40 activities, including conferences, round tables and demos.

The International Shipbuilding Exhibition of Vigo is about to celebrate what is expected to be “the best edition since its foundation in 2006”. With this is mind was held this afternoon the official opening of the event, which counted with the presence of Abel Caballero, Mayor of Vigo, Francisco Conde, regional counsellor of Economy, Employment and Industry, and José García Costas, President of Navalia.

In its seventh edition, Navalia will increase the participation figures compared to 2016. In this occasion, the number of exhibitors will go up to 400 with, approximately, 600 represented brands. Moreover, the international presence has also grown, reaching 90 countries.

For that matter and, in addition to the international exhibitors, must be emphasized the presence of delegations from the Netherlands, Cape Verde, Colombia, France, Italy, Peru, Egypt, Turkey, Paraguay, Philippines, Dubai and Japan, thanks to the support of IGAPE, Zona Franca Consortium and the Chamber of Commerce of Pontevedra, Vigo and Vilagarcía de Arousa.

In its twelfth birthday, Navalia is currently the most important appointment of Spain within the naval sector and is located among the four most influent events of Europe. A large part of this success is due to the international promotion work the organization has carried out during the uneven years, given the biennial basis of the event. Navalia 2018 has been present in the main international events, making a strong bet for bringing the brand to more distant countries, such as Peru and Colombia, and to closer countries, specially because of its interest in the cruise sector. As a matter of fact, and thanks to the Chambers of Commerce and IGAPE, Navalia has been able to cover a wide range of countries and markets:

  • SMM HAMBURG 2016
  • EMMAR MEXICO 2016
  • COLOMBIAMAR 2017
  • EXPOMAR BURELA 2017
  • SINAVAL BILBAO 2017
  • NORSHIPPING OSLO 2017
  • DEFSEC HALIFAX 2018
  • YACHT SHOW MONACO 2017
  • EUROPORT ROTTERDAM 2017
  • METS AMSTERDAM 2017
  • LONDON BOAT SHOW 2018
  • SEATEC CARRARA 2018

To the 25.000 square metres of exhibition can be added the parallel activities, such as the wide programme of technical conferences, that will be held simultaneously in Cepsa, Navalia and Puerto de Vigo rooms. This offer envisages the celebration of almost 40 activities, including conferences, round tables and demos. The future of the fishing industry, the use of gas as fuel or the entrepreneurship within the naval sector will be some of the key issues to be addressed within this programme.

Entrepreneur space

With respect to this latter point, Navalia 2018 will count with an exhibition space focused on the entrepreneurship within the naval sector with the aim of letting the startups advertise their product and hold meetings with potential investors. The aim is to give visibility to the latest projects, which will on this occasion come together with Oceano Azul, the accelerating company of the College of Naval Engineers, which counts with the participation of the Regional Government of Galicia, University of A Coruña and Aclunaga. This will be an exhibition area. These will be 7 projects related, fundamentally, to advanced technology of easy application and affordable investment.

FINE Awards for the Spanish Naval Industry

Within the framework of the International Shipbuilding Exhibition of Vigo, will be held the FINE awards ceremony, organized by TPI, in cooperation with the experts group for the Promotion of the Spanish Naval Industry (FINE), having the objective of recognizing the great work of the professionals of the sector. At noon, precisely today, the jury of the awards has held their last meeting in Vigo, where Abel Caballero, mayor of Vigo, and Javier Arnau, director of Navalia, have participated. The award ceremony will take place next 23rd May in Pazo los Escudos.

Business Meeting

The Chamber of Commerce of Pontevedra, Vigo and Vilagarcía de Arousa has recently opened the call for participating in the inverse trade mission that will be held within the framework of Navalia 2018. These business meetings, to be celebrated in “Business Meetings” space, will be for free for the Galician SME interested in participating, for this reason they will establish a limited number of places whose selection will answer to the date when they received the inscription, the type of product or service of the SME, as well as the interests of the visiting companies. Accordingly, the Chamber has invited a score of companies who are interested in the Galician naval sector or looking for industrial subcontracting suppliers. The firms come from Egypt, Turkey, Germany, France, Peru and Colombia, and in the coming days could be included some new from Philippines, Mexico or Chile. The SME interested in participating in this inverse trade mission have until 18th to formalize their registration through www. Camarapvv.es or in person at any of the locations of the Chamber in Pontevedra, Vigo and Vilagarcía.

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