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Eight Months To Go – SMM 2018 Now Fully Booked

Last Update: July 28th, 2018

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The leading international trade fair of the maritime industry will open its doors in September. The entire available exhibition space has now been fully booked. The biggest international trade event for shipbuilding and shipping provides a comprehensive overview of the entire value chain of the maritime sector.

In just a few months, from 4 to 7 September 2018, it will be time again for the Who’s Who of the international maritime industry to meet up for SMM 2018 at the Hamburg fair complex. One thing is clear already: SMM will once again prove beyond doubt that it is indeed the leading international maritime trade fair.


With more than 2,200 exhibitors from 69 countries, including major players participating for the first time, the fair halls’ 90,000 square metres of exhibition space are fully booked months in advance. The number of national pavilions has increased again, with Panama, Estonia and Columbia each represented by a dedicated pavilion. The Japanese shipyard association JSEA has requested a 50 per cent enlargement of its exhibition space, sending a clear signal to the industry.

New focus is on SMMart Shipping

With a rich conference programme and a featured topic on each day of the fair, SMM will give answers to the most urgent questions of the maritime sector. True to the leitmotif of “Trends in SMMart Shipping”, Digitalisation will again be among the common themes. For example, software-based efficiency-enhancement solutions will be presented in Hall A5 which will be dedicated to Green Propulsion. Cybersecurity as an important aspect of maritime security will be featured in Hall B8. In response to strong market demand, this SMM will for the first time provide a significant amount of space to interior equipment and furnishings for ferries and cruise ships. In addition, a “Cruise Route” will be added to the 2018 SMM list of theme-based fair itineraries helping visitors find exhibitors of specific interest.

Quality, variety, global scope

As a source of new ideas and fresh impetus, SMM is a constant in the maritime industry and an ideal platform for networking, mutual inspiration, practical solutions and business deals. Shipyards, suppliers and maritime services present the state of the art in marine technology, offering visitors future-looking innovations that deliver real-life value. The 2018 roster of exhibitors includes both, the industry’s key players and new start-ups ready to shake up the sector with disruptive inventions.

SMM Hamburg Conference and Exhibition
The leading international maritime trade fair takes place at the Hamburg Messe und Congress fair complex every two years. With roughly 2,200 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from all continents, SMM is the world's most important industry event. It covers the entire value chain of the maritime sector, bringing together international decision-makers and experts and providing a platform for presenting innovative technology.
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Norberto Moreau is co-founder of the Allied Management Ltd Consulting Group (Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Spain). The group and his associates have activities in Yachting, Properties, Events and Online Services.
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