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Navalia trade fair passes the batton to Navalia Metting takeing place in Cádiz from 17th to 19th September 2025

65 percent of the event's exhibitors have reserved their space for the tenth edition of 2026


Navalia 2024 came to an end this afternoon, becoming, once again, the best event held to date in terms of the number of exhibitors, brands represented, square meters of exhibition space and expected visitors, since the barrier has finally been overcome the 20,000 tickets in the venue throughout the three days of the event.

This was stated by the president of Navalia, José García Costas, during the closing ceremony where the trade fair passed the baton to Navalia Meeting, the business meeting in odd-numbered years, whose third edition will be held in Cádiz from the 17th to the 19th of September 2025. The Cádiz Free Zone special delegate, Francisco González, participated in the announcement of the new appointment for the maritime sector; Vigo Free Zone delegate, David Regades, and the Naval Maritime Cluster of Cádiz president, José Luis García-Zaragoza.

During his speech, the Cluster president highlighted the importance of hosting an event of the level of Navalia Meeting and expressed the firm commitment to collaboration of this business association to make it a success. “We will do everything from our part to live up to Navalia brand and make Navalia Meeting 2025 a productive meeting and also, why not, pleasant for everyone, so that you are left wanting to return,” said García-Zaragoza. Likewise, the delegate of Cádiz Free Trade Zone wanted to express his support for this event and highlighted the work of the Cluster and all companies in the maritime industry within the Bay of Cádiz development.

Exhibitor loyalty
The president of Navalia has recognized the great work carried out to reach this new milestone at the trade fair. Not in vain, the organization's commercial team has confirmed the reservation of 65% of the exhibitors present in this edition for the tenth edition. Most of them have shown their intention to increase square meters and several international delegations have also confirmed their intention to expand representation with International Pavilions, as already happened at the end of 2022.

Institutional visits
Navalia's last day included several institutional visits. The first one, the Chief Admiral of Logistics Support, AJAL, from the Spanish Navy, Admiral Ricardo Atanasio Hernández López, who also held a meeting with representatives of the Peruvian Navy within the framework of the trade fair.

An hour later, José Ramón Gómez Besteiro, spokesperson for the Socialist Parliamentary Group and general secretary PSdeG-PSOE, did so, accompanied by Elena Espinosa, deputy in the Galicia Parliament and councillor of Vigo; David Regades, delegate of the Vigo Free Trade Zone Consortium and Nicolás González, candidate for European elections 2024. In statements to media, Besteiro has influenced the evolution of the sector in “the last five years” with “important public investments” of up to 5,000 million, while highlighting the importance of Navalia, “which once again demonstrates its prestige” as it allows us to show “the sector boost we are experiencing in recent years.”

Finally, Minister of Economy and Industry, María Jesús Lorenzana, toured around the exhibition to later participate in the cocktail offered by Soermar. During her intervention, Lorenzana offered the full support of the regional Government (Xunta de Galicia) to work together to address three fundamental challenges for shipbuilding sector in Galicia, such as competitive improvement, technological transformation, and market diversification. At the same time, she highlighted that Galician Government has a goal in this legislature which is to increase the weight of the industry in the GDP, where shipbuilding sector will have “a lot to contribute,” she said.