* China is key post-Brexit market with 133 shipyards and 1483 ships on order.
* Package of Department of International Trade (DIT) support and events to help UK companies meet Chinese customers.
* Marintec biggest shipbuilding trade fair in China. UK Pavilion will showcase British maritime excellence.
The UK Government’s Department of International Trade (DIT) is joining forces with leading British trade body the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) to issue a rallying cry to UK businesses to attend China’s biggest ship-building trade fair – Marintec China (see background).
DIT marine sector manager John Strang said a special package of support is being made available by the DIT in partnership with the Society of Maritime (SMI) to support British companies at Marintec China. The fair takes place in Shanghai between December 3 and 6 and features more than 2000 exhibitors, attracting around 65,000 visitors.
The package includes a specially designed UK Pavilion under the Exporting is GREAT brand where DIT China commercial staff and the SMI’s Shanghai representative will work with companies to broker introductions to relevant Chinese decision-makers; a UK-themed gala evening reception attended by key members of China’s maritime industry as well as a pre-show dinner featuring a market briefing with prominent Chinese stakeholders.
Mr Strang said: “We are looking to engage with UK companies thinking of attending the show as well as those already doing so, who may not be exhibiting, but who could benefit from our free package of support and networking events. We want to help as many businesses as possible to meet new customers and business partners. China is the biggest maritime nation on earth and it presents a glittering opportunity for British maritime companies operating in the ship repair and shipbuilding sector.”
Tom Chant SMI business development director said China is home to over 400 ship owners and 133 shipyards with 1,483 ships on their order books.
“China is a colossal maritime market where British standards across the maritime engineering and professional services sectors are respected,” he said. “But it is a highly competitive with many other European nations also investing heavily in Marintec China. Chinese shipyards are extremely good at what they do and want the best equipment and know-how to support their operations. We encourage UK companies to join us at Marintec China and showcase the very best of British engineering and British business.”
British companies taking part in the UK pavilion or delegation include ICE Design, an Isle of Man based ship designer, Chelsea Technologies a Surrey located sensor designer and manufacturer, Rivertrace another Surrey based water quality monitoring specialist, MPCC, a Yorkshire pump and compressor specialist, engineering firm Trelleborg UK whose UK headquarters is in North Wales and HENSOLDT UK a London based manufacturer of maritime navigation and surveillance radar systems.
Businesses wanting more details on the Marintec China support package can contact the Society of Maritime Industries email: email@example.com Tel: 0207 628 2555
Case study quotes
Please find a selection of quotes from British maritime businesses attending Marintec on the benefits of the trade fair and the importance of doing business in China.
Kevin Robertson, Director for Cruise & Special Projects at Hensoldt, said: “There is a need for British expertise and engineering skills in the shipbuilding industry globally. We, as a society and a trade association, have been asked by many owners and builders, who recognise what Britain has to offer, to promote Britain more. To display our combined skills and capabilities at a trade show under the British flag emphasises our ability to work together. The cruise industry in particular is growing globally and there’s a shortage of yards. China has already expressed a desire to become a shipbuilder for cruise vessels, so Marintec China represents the ideal platform for launching a new product.”
Steinar Draegebo, Chairman of ICE Marine Design, said: “This will be our fourth time exhibiting at Marintec China. It’s very convenient for us to be part of the SMI delegation and it has always been a beneficial, positive experience. As Europe’s largest independent ship design company we see China as an important and growing market, particularly with regard to cruise ships, and FPSO/FSO vessels within the offshore oil and gas sector. We feel it is a good time to be in the country to meet with shipyards – those we already know and new, potential clients.”
Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation said: “China, as a global centre for shipbuilding expertise and a leading market for LNG imports and applications, is one of our biggest markets. Marintec is among the largest maritime supply chain events in the world and is a key date in our calendar. The event allows us to showcase our market-leading innovation and expertise in ship-shore link technology, whether that be large-scale LNG, LNG fueling or oil and other product tankers. In addition, we will exhibit our vessel technology, which helps to reduce vessel emissions and running costs by optimizing the fuel efficiency of a voyage.”
Launched for over 40 years, Marintec China has become renowned as the most authoritative B2B platform for the International Maritime Industry. Organised with the professional expertise of China’s largest trade exhibition organiser–Informa Markets– in conjunction with the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SSNAME), Marintec China is set far apart from other platforms in connecting businesses and distilling insight for Asia’s maritime industry.
The 2017 edition of this biennial event hosted 2,100 exhibitors and 65,096 professional visitors from 91 countries breaking all previous records. Regarded as only gateway to the Asian maritime market, Marintec China provides the largest range of exhibiting companies, manufacturers, and service providers across the complete supply chain for shipbuilding as well as professional services, components, and finished equipment.
Department of International Trade background
We secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.
We are an international economic department, responsible for:
bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed
delivering a new trade policy framework for the UK as we leave the EU
promoting British trade and investment across the world
building the global appetite for British goods and services
The Society of Maritime Industries background
The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector promoting and supporting companies which design, build, refit and modernise ships, and supply equipment and services for all types of commercial and naval ships, ports and terminals infrastructure, digital technology, maritime defence and security, marine science and technology, maritime autonomous systems and marine renewable energy.
SMI provides a wide range of activities both internationally and in the UK for the benefit of the maritime engineering business community. The members’ interests are represented by our six councils which focus on the markets in marine science and technology, commercial marine including ship building, repair and equipment, maritime autonomous systems, digital technology, ports and terminals infrastructure and maritime defence and security including naval platforms, systems, security and safety.
Our activities follow our objectives of presenting members with business opportunities, assisting with research and innovation, lobbying government and NGOs to improve the business environment, facilitating network opportunities and providing marketing amongst other services.
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