News from the Society of Maritime Industries

26 June 2018

Another successful UK Pavilion for SMI at APM 2018

Asia Pacific Maritime 2018 is the longest running maritime exhibition in Singapore and yet again the Society of Maritime Industries was there holding a UK Pavilion. Held, like most other events, at the Marina Bay Sands exhibition centre it is an easy well connected venue.

The UK pavilion consisted of 6 companies, some were regulars like ACM Marine Bearings, Marine DataEuropean Diesel Services and Clarksons Research. 

Another successful UK Pavilion for SMInd at APM 2018Andy McCulloch CEO of ACM said,

“Asia Pacific Marine in Singapore remains a centre of contact for all regions and markets in Asia. Whilst the Singapore marine market is known to be slow in itself the show and City remain a great place to meet contacts from all over Asia.  ACM Marine Bearings solidified its current business in Asia by meeting existing customers and our distributors from other regions.  New contacts were also made within Singapore through our local distributor. Overall Asia Pacific Marine was a successful show and will remain a route to market.”

The newer companies to the market like Westley Group and Haes Systems were also able to make good use of the wide market offering that Singapore brings.

Neil Walker, Business Development Director at the Westley Group said of their first show in Singapore,

“A good start and plenty of follow up and to do in Singapore and throughout the entire region.  As a result of the exhibition I have been able to connect with new people, new projects, and talk to many potential new agents.”

Invited UK companies also benefitted from a networking reception at the High Commissioner’s Residence.  The event was kindly sponsored by Wartsila’s Another successful UK Pavilion for SMI at APM 2018Waste and Water Treatment business.  Over 50% of the 150 guests were from the local industry creating valuable contacts for the UK companies attending.

Tom Chant Director at the SMI, said,

“I was able to visit 2 different shipyards whilst at the show with the assistance of the local Department for International Trade team at the High Commission.  The sentiment from both visits was that the yards had “lots of enquiries, but no orders”.  That sentiment ran through the show to some extent but the regional hub role that Singapore plays means that companies visit from Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and beyond giving a valuable extra dimension to exhibiting.”

The next edition is March 18-20 2020, please contact the SMI about exhibiting.


About The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI):

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, offshore oil & gas, maritime security & safety, marine science and technology, maritime autonomous systems and marine renewable energy.  



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