More than 2,200 exhibitors from all over the world, roughly 50,000 trade visitors, and 90,000 square metres of exhibition space – impressive numbers that speak for themselve

In 2016, SMM again confirmed its position as the most important event in the maritime industry calendar.

The extremely high number of visitors in recent years underscores the diversity of the trade fair’s demographic: not only is SMM attended by top shipbuilders, key players in the value chain, operators and service providers, it is a unique chance to rub shoulders with representatives of industry, government, navies and the scientific community.

After the last SMM, exhibitors expressed total satisfaction with the fruitful discussions before, during and after the event, many of which opened the door to promising post-fair business.

SMM is a true reflection of industry trends. With over half of the visitors coming to observe new technology and innovations, exhibitors enjoy measurable success during and after the trade fair. Connections made at the trade fair often result in follow-up equipment and service sales in the millions of euros.

One in every ten visitors to your stand has direct investment or a purchasing intention in mind. SMM not only allows you to help these visitors make an informed choice, it also gives you the opportunity to build on potential leads and turn them into your next project.

SMM has never been stronger in terms of international participation, business visitor profiles and government and naval organisation involvement.

If setting or witnessing trends is important to you, you’re in excellent company at SMM.

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Facts and Figures

Name: SMM - the leading international maritime trade fair, Hamburg
Date:04 – 07 sept 2018
Frequency: Every two years
Opening hours:04 – 06 sept 2018 (Tuesday – Thursday) 9.30am - 6.00pm
07 sept 2018 (Friday) 9.30am - 4.00pm
Fields:1 Shipbuilding/shipyard industry
2 Ship fittings and equipment
3 Prime movers/ propulsion systems
4 Auxiliary systems for propulsion
5 Ship operation equipment
6 Cargo handling systems
7 Electrical engineering/electronics
8 Marine technology
9 Ports and port technology
10 Maritime services
11 Naval weapon systems
12 Shipbrokers and charterers
13 Shipowners
14 Media
Halls:B-Halls (Hall B1-B8)
A-Halls (Hall A1-A5)
Visitors 2016: roughly 50,000 visitors
Exhibitors 2016:more than 2,200 exhibitors from all over the world
Target region:national, international


will be attending SMM 2018

97%* of all visitors expressed that they are considering or will certainly be attending SMM 2018.


overwhelmingly positive response

95%* of the visitors rated SMM 2016 either excellent or good in an overall assessment of the event.


Visitor breakdown by purpose of visit

Exhibitor breakdown by nature of business