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A successful anniversary

The 30th edition of SMM was everything we hoped for. After a long period of pandemic restrictions, it offered 2,000 exhibitors from all technology areas in the maritime industry, as well as more than 30,000 visitors from over 100 nations, the opportunity to finally meet in person again in Hamburg. To discuss complex challenges. To present groundbreaking innovations. And last but not least, to network, seek cooperation and forge alliances.

With about 80 speakers at the conferences, more than 160 speakers on the Transition Stages, and 16 start-ups pitching for the new SMM Maritime Start-up Award, the supporting programme has never been so popular. Once again, we’ve seen that it takes joint efforts to drive the maritime transition – and as organisers, we’re grateful to know that SMM continues to be your platform of choice to connect with the industry’s game changers.

Bearing your company’s success in mind, we are pleased to announce that the next SMM will take place from 3 – 6 September 2024. We look forward to seeing you in Hamburg.


It didn't show that SMM had to take a long involuntary break. We went down to business at SMM 22 right away. We used this trade fair unlike any other to interact with our existing customers, meet with partners, and expand our network. Walking through the halls you noticed the enormous innovative strength of the sector. We are currently in an exciting transitional phase towards becoming a digitalised and sustainable industry. The fair gave us an impression what that future industry might look like.

Sven Schreiber
Managing Director
Alfa Laval Mid Europe Region

For MAN Energy Solutions and for me personally, SMM has always been something to look forward to. It is a true crossroads for suppliers and customers, and all others interested in the fascinating world of the maritime industry. Our company has a long history of partnership with SMM and we were very pleased to be part of the celebration of SMM's 30th in 2022.

Dr Uwe Lauber
MAN Energy Solutions

As in previous years, SMM 22 was primarily a trade fair where personal contacts matter. We've seen familiar faces and finally had time for some in-depth conversations and an exchange of views. In Rotterdam in 2021 there wasn’t much going on at all. In Hamburg you finally felt the forward-looking spirit.

Richard Nieuwenhuize
Account Manager
Damen Schelde Marine Service

Anyone who wants to know what is driving the sector and where the voyage is headed should go to SMM. We had made up our minds early to return to Hamburg again in 2022. We were not disappointed. Despite a few organisational glitches, which were understandable, we are very thankful to Hamburg Messe for this event, which has demonstrated time and again how lively and multifaceted our industry is.

Vollrath Schuster
Chief Executive Officer
Reinhold & Mahla

As a marketplace for innovations, SMM is an important information basis for investment decisions of German shipowners. The focus in 2022 was on the transformation of the maritime industry to achieve carbon neutrality. We are communicating about this with shipbuilders and suppliers as well as numerous experts around the world, many of whom we could meet personally at SMM in Hamburg.

Dr Martin Kröger
Managing Director
German Shipowners Association (VDR)

The fact that the professional SMM team succeeds in bringing the entire shipbuilding world to Hamburg every single time is an admirable accomplishment. As an industry that is well-established in the host country, we are well advised to appreciate and nourish SMM. It mirrors our technology leadership. There is no better opportunity to familiarise the general public, including young talents who are so important for our future, and political decision-makers with the breadth and depth of our industry.

Dr Reinhard Lüken
General Manager
German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association (VSM)

We are very glad that SMM was able to take place in the customary format again. This is an important trade fair, and there is no other place where so many customers, suppliers and other market players can meet within such a short time span. We have not only seen familiar faces but also introduced ourselves to many new people; we followed up on ongoing projects and signed several major new contracts. For Becker, SMM is and will always be the world's most important shipbuilding trade fair.

Henning Kuhlmann
Managing Director
Becker Marine Systems

For us as an industry association, SMM, as the the leading international maritime trade fair, is a focal point of our activities. We are proud to contribute to the quality and internationality of SMM which we all appreciate so much.

Hauke Schlegel
General Manager
VDMA – Marine Equipment and Systems.

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We are currently observing that more and more emails are being sent to our exhibitors from fake accounts offering to buy visitor lists for the trade fairs we organize. Some of the emails use our protected trademarks. Do not be irritated by this and do not reply to these emails.

We do not offer visitor lists for sale and do not send any such emails. If you receive such an email, please forward it to us. We will send a warning letter to the sender.

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