Tucked deep in the Pacific Ocean, and on the edge of the world’s most notorious body of water, the Southern Ocean, is where you will find some of the most innovative and imaginative minds of the 21st century.
When you think of New Zealand, for most the initial thoughts are with snowcapped mountains, pristine blue water and a population that attributes the ocean as part of their everyday life. It’s no wonder that New Zealand is at the top of the game when it comes to taking an idea and pushing it to the limits.
One only has to look at the design expertise that when into the creation of the AC75. The world had never seen a foiling monohull of its kind, when the concept was flouted, most were left scratching their heads thinking “will this actually work?!” Meanwhile, the engineers, designers and forward thinkers from Emirates Team New Zealand, were already picturing themselves holding the Auld Mug, claiming the victory in the 36th America’s Cup.
The METS Trade Show is where New Zealand innovators, designers and experts in their field can show off their skills to an international audience. With COVID-19 still causing all kinds of drama in the local area, unfortunately for some of our companies, they just don’t have the ability to leave the during this time, however a select few have managed to break away, and will be proudly displaying their products at the world’s biggest and best marine trade show in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from the 16-18th November.
This year there will be twelve kiwi companies profiled at the show, ENL/WASSP and C-Quip in the Superyacht Pavilion, with Propspeed and Fusion in the New Zealand Pavilion. Our New Zealand stand will be representing all export companies in NZ and specifically Fastmount, C-Tech, Hamilton Jet, Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders and TruDesign profiled on the New Zealand stand.
C-Quip, who manufactures carbon fibre equipment for the superyacht industry, have continued production throughout lockdown periods with specific health protocols in place so that work could continue. Being a major supplier to a prosperous superyacht industry has enabled the team to think outside the box when it came to production.
And the same goes to Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders, who have continued to pump out custom superyacht tenders despite restrictions and while it’s been a challenge, once again kiwi ingenuity kicked in to ensure there was no slowing down and to meet client demands.
Internationally recognised brands like Propspeed and Fusion have also kept the pace of production high and continue to be suppliers of choice for the industry. Propspeed and Fusion are ready for the influx of marine enthusiasts who will walk through the halls of METS and who will no doubt be drawn to the New Zealand Pavillion.
If you’re visiting METS, be sure to check out the complete line up of kiwi companies showcasing their products.
C-Quip manufactures the finest carbon fibre superyacht equipment for yachts over 50 metres. Products include carbon fibre swim ladders and boarding stairs along with tender management solutions and telescopic lightmasts. C-Quip offers products from an extensive range, or work with clients to build custom designs. C-Quip leads the market with products that are elegant and, quite simply, engineered better. Their carbon fibre range exceeds performance expectations due to its high strength and low weight and our attention to details.
WASSP™ Multibeam Sounder technology is a true game-changer. Through research and development new technology was developed with the ability to profile the seabed 100 times faster than single beam echo sounders, allowing users to see what’s beneath the boat with accuracy and resolution unlike it had ever been seen before, at a significantly reduced cost. With the WASSP 3D mapping in real-time, accurate profiles encompassing 120° port-to-starboard of the water column and seafloor can be made with unparalleled precision to reveal artefacts, fish, wrecks, foreign objects and more. WASSP is a brand and product line developed by Electronic Navigation Limited (ENL), a company with 75 years’ experience and world leaders in marine sounder, radar and communications. Our passion and commitment to real innovation is what sets us apart. We consistently bring game-changing technology to market, with cost-effective products that are easy to operate to make your life at sea easier.
Fusion® A Garmin Brand is an industry leader in marine audio entertainment – the range of innovative marine stereos, speakers and amplifiers are purpose-built for the harsh marine environment, designed and engineered to deliver the best on-water audio experience to your boat.
Propspeed develops high-performance products that make marine craft more efficient and economical to run and maintain, with an eye toward doing the least harm to humans and the marine environment. Propspeed manufactures and distributes Propspeed, recognised globally as the leading product for preventing marine growth on underwater metals. Biofouling –the accumulation of marine life on ships’ hulls –increases drag and costs the global shipping industry an estimated $7.5 billion a year in wasted fuel. Based in New Zealand, where sailing excellence is culturally ingrained, Propspeed has become a worldwide phenomenon throughout the marine industry.
Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders
Based in New Zealand, Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders have been producing the world’s finest custom boats for over 30 years, making us one of the most experienced yards operating from the world’s most innovative boating nations. More than that, we are one of the few truly custom boat builders in operation today. We partner with you to craft a tender that meets your exact requirements and exceeds all expectations. Quality and Integrity are our highest values. We can produce a tender for any setting, any sea, any capacity, and any task. Let our team of passionate craftspeople work with you to deliver an exceptional custom tender of uncompromising quality.
C-Tech Carbon Technologies
C-Tech is a premium carbon fibre composites manufacturer. We have a proud yachting history and extensive experience across a broad range of applications. Our design team has an innovative mindset, practical engineering skills and extensive knowledge of composites that we have used to successfully engineer products for a diverse range of applications.
Fastmount is an award-winning New Zealand company designing and manufacturing hidden fasteners specifically to service the marine, architectural, aviation and recreational vehicle industries globally. With boatyards in over 50 countries using the Fastmount Panel Mounting System, its exceptional performance in the marine sector has since attracted companies in the architectural, recreational vehicle and aviation industries to use Fastmount products. Fastmount’s global network of agents and distributors combines extensive experience in the marine industry and understanding of the architectural and interior design sectors. For more information about Fastmount visit
Hamilton Jet currently has 20 different jet models starting from 270kW up to 5,500 kw in maximum power rating and our market experience is extensive. As a preferred supplier to boat builders, naval architects and marine operators, we’ve installed over 60,000 waterjets into vessels around the globe, including offshore, pilot, rescue, fire, military, patrol, windfarm, fast ferry, fishing, aquaculture and recreational applications. Hamilton Jet is still a family-owned company employing over 400 staff in all aspects of waterjet design, production, sales and service and has over 54 Distributors around the world, as part of the company’s global reach program
TruDesign specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of composite certified Marine Valves, Skin Fittings (Thru Hulls) and associated products. The recently launched 3” Ball Valve Range, brings light weight, strength and corrosion free fittings to the larger end of the Seacock market. Made from composite materials they are Compliant to ISO 9093-2 and ABYC-H27.
New Zealand Marine
New Zealand’s marine industry is a recognised leader in the global marketplace, with an international reputation for innovative excellence and competitive manufacturing. NZ Marine is the trade association (Export, Industry and Training) linking nearly 500 companies nationwide to represent and grow this successful New Zealand industry.
ecostore was founded on New Zealand’s Northland coast in 1993. Part of a group that created an eco-village nestled in a valley dotted with streams and surrounded by native forest, the Rands set out to make their home as clean and green as the land they called home. By creating hardworking, highly effective products for people and their home, removing harmful or unnecessary chemicals, the ecostore ethos has always been to put people’s health first and give them the choice to live clean.
Each of these Kiwi companies will be showcasing a variety of products and technology suitable for all aspects of the marine industry and beyond. It’s been a challenging 20 months for the industry with lockdowns forcing limitations however as the world knows, kiwis will always find a way.
Having a presence at this edition of METS will once again put New Zealand at the forefront of minds.