Successful premiere in a difficult economic environment

SMM Istanbul attracts more than 4,000 trade visitors from 66 nations.

The first SMM Istanbul, from 21 to 23 January 2009, set high international standards with more than 4,000 trade visitors from 66 nations and 150 exhibitors from 30 nations. “The premiere was a success, despite the difficult economic environment in a financial crisis which has just now hit the shipbuilding industry’s order books in full force,” said Bernd Aufderheide, CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC), in his summary of the first SMM event abroad. “We would like to thank our Turkish partner Goca Fuar Kongre ve Sergi Hizmetleri Ltd.Şti (Goca Exhibitions), who organised this international trade fair together with us at the centrally located Istanbul site Lütfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC) and implemented the technical concept.” The overall view of Fatih Goca was that “The first SMM Istanbul was much more than a successful launch. We had satisfied exhibitors including the major industry-leading companies; we had international trade visitors and a high-calibre supporting programme which was just right for this event. All of that has laid the foundations for a successful future for this shipbuilding fair, which will in future be held in larger, more modern halls, once the ICEC site has been completed.” Peter Bergleiter, SMM Project Director, added “Like any kick-off event, SMM Istanbul had to face a lot of challenges, but handled them all successfully thanks to the commitment of everyone involved. We are already starting our planning for 2011, with plenty of new ideas, new experience and new contacts!”. The second SMM Istanbul, shipbuilding, machinery & marine technology trade fair Istanbul, will be held at the centrally located site Lütfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC) Istanbul from 26 to 28 January 2011.

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