This year marked an anniversary for the event’s arrangers. In 1963 the first SMM was held, and since then the trade fair has been staged every other year, which makes this year the 25th time it has taken place.
This happening is a must for anyone connected to the shipping industry. You’ll find equipment here for anything related to ships of all sizes, from big engines with thousands of horsepower to pumps, valves, compressors, propulsion equipment, deck equipment and electronics for engineering services as well as designers, representatives from large shipyards and much, much more. For those exhibiting, the trade fair is very hectic, in any case for the ones with the best locations. During the middle of the day there were so many visitors that you had problems making your way through the exhibits.
Norway was well represented at SMM. The Norwegian Pavilion was located in a good spot somewhere in the 90,000 square meters of floor space. In fact, Norway had one of the larger national exhibits. If you take into account the Norwegian companies spread out in the other 11 halls as being a part of the national industry then there were in total 110 Norwegian exhibitors at the fair. The majority of them were located in the Norwegian Pavilion.
There was a lot of activity and different events there like the presentation of the ‘Ship of the Year 2012 Award’, which the Norwegian magazine Skipsrevyen handed out on the second day. The offshore supply ship Far Solitaire walked off with the award this year and it was handed out by Halvard Ingebrigtsen, vice minister at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. It was the third time in the last five years that a ship designed by Rolls-Royce won.
We spoke with several of the Norwegian exhibitors both at the pavilion and those spread throughout the halls. Already by the second day we could detect a great degree of satisfaction through the response. Several companies were able to report a good amount of interest from visitors, and some had already signed contracts. The Norwegian Pavilion mainly consisted of a number of smaller stands and you had to go out to the other halls to find the really big, expensive and showy exhibits.