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HEMPEL Yacht at Metstrade Boat Show 2017


HEMPEL Yacht exhibited at Metstrade 2017 from 13th till 15th November, presenting our high quality antifouling range as well as news in Silic One system for next season for both PRO and DIY segment.

The annual METSTRADE Show has reinforced again its reputation as the world’s premier gathering of the leisure marine community.

The B2B event in RAI Amsterdam convention centre welcomed 116 different nationalities and 10,500 visitors from outside the Netherlands, six percent more than in 2016. In fact, visitor figures were the highest recorded for the three-day event, with 16,307unique visitors (an increase of over 5% compared to 2016) and an overall total of 24,856 visits (also plus 5%).

68% of all new visitors came from outside the Netherlands, with the top five visitor countries (after NL) being Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain. Significant growth was seen from Greece, Croatia, Finland, the United States and Ireland. All visitors were welcomed on the show floor by 1552 exhibitors (a rise of 5% compared to last year), whose stands were manned by around 6594 high-end industry professionals.

Hempel Yacht presented to the visitors of the Mets Trade Boat Show 2017 the new can design identity with the exceptional pre-season launch.

Hempel announced during the Boat Show that it is updating its range of yacht coatings to meet the Biocidal Products Regulation, that will come into effect in 2018.
Hempel will also launch the new packaging design that will make it even easier for users to identify product uses and benefits. The new product range – in the new design will be available for the 2018 season.

To meet the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), all key biocides used in antifouling yacht paints in the European Union (EU) must be risk assessed, registered and filed for approval before January 1st 2018. The new regulations affect all paint producers, distributors, shops, pro applicators and yacht owners in the EU.

Hempel is updating its product range to meet BPR requirements. The products will be integrated into Hempel’s antifouling range from the start of 2018.

“BPR is an excellent opportunity for us to improve our formulations to ensure they continue to meet the increasingly high demands of yacht owners and applicators in the EU,” says Thomas Olsen, Marketing & Business Manager for Hempel’s Yacht segment. “Hempel is a global leader in developing and producing yacht coatings. We have been working with the regulatory requirements for the last five years. Some of the products will be new, but they will have the same trusted quality.”

2018 will be a transition year for the Yacht industry with both old and new antifouling products available on the market To keep the transition simple, Hempel’s new products will have the same names and high performance of the products they are replacing. Hempel is also working closely with distributors and partners to ensure they can offer their end-customers the best possible advice when choosing products.

“Our main message is simple: There will be no significant changes for boat owners or applicators; it’s the same product names and same trusted Hempel quality,” says Thomas Olsen. “Hempel has always followed regulations and will continue to do so, without compromising the quality of our products and solutions.“

To see how was the atmosphere on the Hempel stand during the Mets Boat Show, take a look on the Hempel Yacht YouTube channel video here.