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10 November 2017

SMI's UK Pavilion provides a successful trip to Kormarine

Kormarine is the core calendar event in the important shipbuilding market of South Korea. Even in more difficult times for the shipbuilding industry the South Korean builders dominate the order books especially in the more advanced technological sectors like LNG. 

SMI at KormarineTo assist UK companies in accessing this market the Society of Maritime Industries organised the UK pavilion at the exhibition.  Five companies were involved in the pavilion with a further fourteen companies exhibiting independently or with the local partners.

LGM Products, a fire solutions provider, were new to the show; Sophie Mogford-Revess said:

“We attended Kormarine to find a marine distributer for our marine approved fire detection and audio visual signalling products. We succeeded in meeting several businesses with this potential and have had several enquiries for product quotes and business development discussions since. We are very positive about the business growth we expect to come from this show in the coming weeks and months.”

Precision Products, a manufacturer of piston rings and metallic seals, was also new to the show. 

Paul Ballin, Sales Manager, said:

“The reason for our attendance was to recruit a South Korea based Agent as well as new customers within the region. We had many interesting meeting during the week and we are hoping that they will come to fruition in the coming weeks”.

The Department of International Trade (DIT) team from the British Embassy in Seoul were on hand through the show helping create connections for the exhibitors and had also arranged media interviews for the UK companies which will boost their profiles.

Tom Chant, Director at the SMI, said:

“We are very grateful for the support provided by DIT, our combined work for the UK companies creates the connections and relationships from which future exports will come.  In the pavilion there was a good mix of new companies like LGM and Precision Products as well as experienced companies like Mariner Systems and Heat Trace who were supporting their local partners and we also had the multinational Survitec Group.”

Michael Dicker, Marketing & Special Projects Manager at Heat Trace, said:

“As a first time exhibitor at KORMARINE 2017 in Busan, Heat Trace Limited (HTL) considered the event to be a great success!  The quality of the stand visitors was high and we had a positive reception from some of the main players in the Korean Shipbuilding industry, together with a high interest in HTL’s products and services.  HTL would certainly consider attending the next KORMARINE event. The support on the Great Britain Pavilion, hosted by the SMI and the UK’s DIT was, as always, exceptional.”


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