SMM 2000 Set For Hamburg

Reporting this year's SMM 2000 Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology Exhibition as "booked out," Hamburg Messe is dubbing the exhibition as one that is multi-cultural and lingual — the biannual conference is predicted to attract more than 1,000 exhibitors from 42 countries. Designating Spain as this year's partner country, the exhibition, which has been dubbed the leading trade fair of world shipbuilding, SMM 2000, will take place at Hamburg Exhibition Centre from September 26-30, 2000.

Holding a place as the main international forum for executives in the shipping and shipbuilding sector for many years, SMM has further consolidated its top position with its "Hall of Nations" strategy involving grouping national pavilions under one roof, which was implemented for the first time at SMM '98.

At SMM 2000, Korea and the Netherlands will, for the first time ever, mull the possibility of staging a joint presentation to achieve greater international presence — joining various countries — such as the People's Republic of China, the U.K., Japan, Russia and the U.S.

The growing number of joint ventures and alliances is meeting market requirements for complete systems in all areas of shipbuilding. The international trade audience of SMM 2000 will be able to observe this process for navigation and ship management systems, propulsion units, pumps, waste disposal plants and other types of equipment. In addition, the conference is receiving support of the Dutch Maritime Export Forum; Holland Marine Equipment Association (HME) is organizing a joint presentation on the international "stage" for the first time at SMM 2000. As many as 23 marine equipment suppliers have already registered for this joint stand, which will present marine electronics, automation and control systems, components for propulsion and rudder systems, refrigerating plants, lifeboats and workboats, as well as products in other areas.

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