The world’s leading trade fair for the maritime industry

With over 2,200 exhibitors and about 50,000 visitors from all over the world, SMM continues to cement its position as the most imporant event in the maritime industry calendar.

The trade fair offers a perfect stage for gathering insights, networking, cementing business deals and contributing to debates with the thought leaders in this sector.

After such a long break we are very excited to be able to once again meet at SMM in February 2021, face to face, with all our key customers and partners from all the different maritime industry sectors, in order to share the latest developments, and especially to present our vision about future green propulsion technologies and digital solutions. We believe that now more than ever, increased communication and exchange amongst the Marine industry is extremely important, in order for us to successfully navigate together through these unprecedented and challenging times.

Denise Kurtulus
Director Global Marine & Offshore Business, Rolls-Royce Power Systems / MTU Friedrichshafen

Human beings are social animals, and as such we need to stay in touch with people to move forward and establish a bond of trust. This is extremely important for B2B businesses. We will release a new product at SMM and are looking forward to attend in February 2021. SMM is definitely the place to be!

Cristina Aleixendri
Chief Operating Officer, Bound4Blue

We are a shipbuilding family that needs to meet. We have to laugh together, joke together, celebrate together, and buy together – this we cannot do online. We will definitely be at SMM 2021 and are looking forward to meet the whole maritime family in Hamburg!

Dirk Lehmann
Managing Director / Vice Chairman, Becker Marine Systems / SEA Europe

Without any questions we will all come together at SMM in February 2021. You can’t do such complex industry such as the shipping industry online. I’m sure we will have a lot of fun when we will be able to finally meet in person again.

Martin Stopford
President, Clarkson Research

Meeting people and discussing ideas is an important part of finding solutions to delivering for greener shipping. You can meet the whole wide world via the internet but it is never the same as being at an event like SMM where all members of the shipping community come together, network, and discuss the issues.

Sadan Kaptanoglu
President and Chairperson of the Board, BIMCO

TradeWinds’ flagship conference the Shipowners Forum will take place on 2 February, the first day of SMM 2021. In a hugely challenging, yet crucial year of shipping, major players from Germany and across the world will take part in a lively exchange of views about where the industry is heading. We are looking forward to meeting the maritime community in Hamburg after a long time of social distancing.

Pranjal Borkotoky
Director Conferences – Global Publications, TradeWinds

As co-organisers of the gmec conference, Seatrade is in full support of SMM’s decision to re-schedule the event until 2021 and looks forward to organising another world-class environmental congress on 3 February. We hope to see you there

Chris Morley
Event Director | Seatrade Maritime, Informa

I am very pleased that SMM has been postponed to February 2021 as this allows all of us a better planning. I am looking forward to an excellent Offshore Dialogue on February 4th, 2021 with exciting topics, concerning monitoring and a sustainable use of our oceans.

Dr. Walter L. Kuehnlein
terra.blue advisor I Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German Association for Marine Technology, terra.blue I GMT

There is incredible potential within our industry when we come together to discuss the challenges we collectively face. At WinGD we strive for close contact and collaboration with our customers. SMM allows us to connect with them and with key industry experts, on a personal level, to advance the action required to reduce our impact on the environment and to further innovate and deliver on our own mission. We see it as the key for our industry and we look forward to continuing the conversation in February in Hamburg.

Klaus Heim
CEO, WinGD

We were so happy to hear about the solution to conduct the SMM, the most beautiful and amazing maritime event in the world, in February 2021. Our participating members are certainly looking forward to this great opportunity for networking and business boosting.

Jens Pfeiffer
Chairman German, Shipsuppliers Association

The sector is undergoing tremendous changes. Some will give us headaches, while others will boost business and create new opportunities. In any case, new ways need complex facts, analysis, predictions, opinions and ideas. Tons of reasons to get together, discuss and develop great new concepts - here in Hamburg at SMM. We can hardly wait for Feb 2021!

Dr. Reinhard Lüken
Managing Director, German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association

I am happy that the SMM is only postponed and not cancelled during these strange times. We definitely can work in our home offices for a certain period of time by using all digital communication tools, but doing real business needs seeing and talking to people in real. I am looking forward meeting all friends of our maritime world in February 2021.

Klaus Deleroi
Managing Director, REINTJES GmbH

To a global company like FURUNO, SMM is one of the most valuable maritime trade fairs where we can benefit from face-to-face meetings with customers, business partners or even the local community. It is also an excellent opportunity for new and old colleagues from the business community to gather and build team spirit. FURUNO looks forward to SMM in 2021 and expects it to boost the maritime industry which is currently in a difficult situation.

Muneyuki Koike
Senior Managing Director, FURUNO ELECTRIC CO.,LTD.

Especially in these challenging times, presence and personal exchange are essential. This is what SMM, the world's leading trade fair for the maritime industry, offers to international exhibitors and visitors in February 2021. The German Association for Marine Technology, represented at SMM since 2006, is looking forward to meet the maritime family again.

Petra Mahnke
CEO, German Association for Marine Technology (GMT)

Great ideas are born at the SMM. Being able to closely interact with the leading minds from across the industry is a perennial and dependable source of inspiration for brilliant initiatives and innovations, whether it has to do with digitalization, environmental protection or efficiency enhancements. I am glad the fair will be taking place in 2021.

Richard v.Berlepsch
Managing Director Fleet; Hapag-Lloyd AG

SMM is the leading international maritime trade fair. A place to network, to meet old and new friends, to establish new bonds of trust in our truly global industry. In the end, it doesn‘t matter if this happens in September or February. The most important thing is that we will be able to meet each other again – in order to bring things forward.

Ralf Nagel
Chief Executive Officer, German Shipowners' Association, Hamburg

The rollover of the SMM exhibition to 2021 is really good news and should be seen as an opportunity to analyse and think together further about the insights and experiences gained during the Corona period within our working environment. The possibilities of digitalisation are only one aspect of this. I am also convinced that SMM is the right environment to give decisive impetus to new technologies whereby environmental and climate protection for the maritime domain should be a thematic focus.

Dr. Klaus Borgschulte
Managing Director, Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG

SMM is the place to be for the forward-looking global maritime industry, even more in challenging times. We are convinced, SMM 2021 will not only provide the first opportunity to meet again within the lively maritime family, but also an important positive impulse for the market following the pandemic turbulences. We are all awaiting this positive impulse eagerly!

Hauke Schlegel
Managing Director, VDMA Marine Equipment and Systems

2021

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 2018, 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.

Facts & Figures

Facts and Figures

Name:SMM – the leading international maritime trade fair, Hamburg
Date:02 – 05 feb 2021
Frequency:Every two years
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:A-Halls (Hall A1-A4)
B-Halls (Hall B1-B7)
Visitors 2018:roughly 50,000 visitors
Exhibitors 2018:more than 2,200 exhibitors from all over the world
Target region:national, international

 


the marketplace for commercial success

  • 93%of all exhibitors considered SMM 2016 to have been an excellent to satisfactory commercial success for their companies.

engaging peers and target groups at SMM

  • 98%of all exhibitors succeeded in establishing the basis for further business by meeting all or nearly all of their key business partners and reaching out to new target groups at SMM 2016.

Planned presence at SMM 2018

  • 97%of trade fair participants declared their definitive or probable participation at 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

  • 35

    Education/building on own specialist knowledge

  • 48

    Touch base with existing business contacts

  • 55

    Generate new business leads

  • 26

    Check out the competition

  • 46

    Learn about innovations and new technology

  • 32

    Exchange information and experience with peers

  • 42

    Gain an overview of developments in the industry

Exhibitor breakdown by nature of business

  • 16

    Ship operating equipment

  • 44

    Ship fitting and equipment

  • 23

    Engines, propulsion technology

  • 49

    Shipbuilding industry

  • 20

    Electrical systems/electronics

  • 18

    Maritime services