Exhibitor Comments

Seawork International exhibitors comment on their success at Seawork

Seawork International exhibitors comment on their success at Seawork

Seawork International provides an ideal place for companies to showcase their most innovative products and services to an international audience of relevant, interested buyers and industry-influencers. See below comments from our exhibitors regarding their successes at Seawork.

Exhibitors attending Seawork International 2018

David Johnson, Sales Director, Halyard (M&I) - Ferndown, UK

“This year’s Seawork show has been extremely encouraging for Halyard. All three days delivered a significant number of solid enquires. Seawork continues to be an important show for Halyard and we will, of course, be exhibiting again in 2018.”

Arnout Damen, Former CEO, Damen - Gorinchem, The Netherlands

We have been exhibiting since the first event in 1989. We like the event very much and our clients are here, from dredging, workboats to port industry, pilots and Ribs, and also offshore wind vessels. It is great to see what the competition is doing to keep us sharp, and is also the only show that displays real vessels.”

Ian Bayliss, MD, Seacat Services - Isle of Wight, UK

Seawork is extremely important to us as it gives us the opportunity to showcase our hardware in what is becoming increasingly high quality footfall. As long as we’re Seacat we’ll be coming to Seawork!”

Suzanne Blaustone, CEO, Barton Marine - Whitstable, UK

“The exhibition provided the perfect platform for Barton Marine to meet with some very serious buyers at the stand, make some great business connections and discuss potential collaborations with boat builders for the future. Barton Marine looks forward to sharing new products and some new developments at next year’s show.”

Robert Blades, Commercial Manager, Peters & May - Southampton, UK

“Seawork is an important part of our continued growth and an essential platform to meet with our clients face-to-face in order to listen and work through custom solutions for their needs”

Tim Hart, Barrus - Bicester, UK

“Barrus have exhibited at Seawork since the start, so are also celebrating 20 years (of our) attendence. Seawork gives us two main areas of exposure; the UK MoD and workboat market. We regard this event as our main exhibition of the year.”

Bruno Tideman, Tideman Boats -  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“For us, it’s really important to have a live demo capability in the water, as Seawork does. It also has very good international commercial visitor attendance, particularly of those in the workboat arena. It’s always fun to be here, the weather’s nice and it’s a good venue!

John Arnold, UK Sales Manager, Torqeedo - Germany

“Seawork has been really positive for Torqeedo. We’ve had some particularly good interest in our high powered Deep Blue electric propulsion system, which is fantastic! Wednesday was the best day for us, for making great business connections and providing the perfect platform for some interesting leads to follow up with after the show. We look forward to returning again next year!”

Doug Vincett, Technical Sales & Support, Spinlock - Isle of Wight, UK

“Spinlock have been exhibiting at Seawork for eight years and the show has been integral to introducing the Spinlock Deckvest range of lifejackets to the commercial sector. The huge breadth of products and companies being exhibited at Seawork attracts a real mix of marine operators from the UK and the wider international community and this has helped grow and establish our brand identity. Spinlock looks forward to continuing to exhibiting at Seawork.”

Ian Cooke, MD, C-Quip - Hampshire, UK

“I have been attending Seawork for 19 years and have seen it grow into a great event. It is a key show for us to introduce new products and meet quality customers every year.”

Ben Coleman, Alicat Workboats/South Boats - Isle of Wight, UK

“I’ve been attending Seawork since it began 20 years ago. The main benefit to us exhibiting at Seawork is that it is the largest exhibition of its kind in the world. For our commercial vessels, it allows us to demonstrate our vessels to all sorts of markets in one place.”

Guillaume Eudeline, Business Development Manager, iXblue - St. Germain-en-Laye, France

“This is the fourth time iXblue has exhibited at Seawork, exhibiting our high-tech vessels and surveying equipment. iXblue has over 1,000 customers in 35 countries spanning workboat and defence clients; Seawork epitomises the commercial sector being at the heart of the worldwide workboat market, and is therefore the place to be.”

Fieke Engelbracht, Sales Manager, Ravestein - Deest, The Netherlands

“We have been coming to Seawork for the past 15 years and it’s the best show for us, we have a lot of clients that we like to invite to the stand and we have found it is the best way to expose our products.”

Martin Halford, Managing Director, Dynamic Load Monitoring (UK) Ltd - Southampton, UK

“We’ve been coming to Seawork for around five years and we like it as we find we get lots of enquires from different industries where we can customise our equipment and find a solution for them. There is always a good mixture of people who visit from engineers to directors and there are a lot of technical enquiries which is what we’re after.”

David Jacobs, Business Development Manager, Eltek Power UK - Hemel Hempstead, UK

”We launched the Rectiverter Marine System at Seawork as a world first product. This is a unique product to Eltek … and we had a lot of interest at the show. It is already selling very well in Norway and we returned to Seawork for the second year to further develop our marine business and are looking to return again next year.”

Trevor Pearson, Business Development Manager, Gill - Lymington, UK

“We like Seawork and it’s an event we need to be at, where we get a positive response. For us the benefits are meeting our existing clients as lots of them also exhibit here, as well as meeting new companies and getting our brand better known in the marine industry.”

Nick Ames, CEO, SC Group, which owns Proteum - Hamble, UK

“It's great to be here at Seawork again and to see the event continue to grow and evolve. For me, Seawork provides a fantastic opportunity for our marine brand, Proteum to reach further into the sector by showcasing new product and innovation whilst at the same time, consolidating their current strong position in the market.”

Terry Brook, MD, CEAN Sports - Massacusetts, USA

“We are demonstrating and launching for the Euorpean market our American helmet… Seawork came up as one of the best shows to do for the maritime commercial work field, as well as the public safety sector, it offered a great mix of people to expose our product to. The show offers great networking and having our product in the Innovations Showcase certainly drove people to visit our stand. We will certainly be back again next year.”

Jason Coltman, Managing Director, Meercat Workboat - Southampton, UK

“Seawork has been marvelous for us; we have had many serious enquires for new builds over the last couple of days.”

Alan Goodchild, Managing Director, Goodchild Marine - Great Yarmouth, UK

“We have been exhibiting at Seawork for 20 years since its inception and it has always has a fantastic atmosphere.  You never come away from the show without seeing something new and it’s great to see how our product compares with the competition.  The one thing that is really unique in the marine industry is that we are all competitors but also great mates and you can’t get better than that!”

Andrew Sims, Quick - Italy

‘Exhibiting at Seawork 2017 opened a large number of opportunities for us and it is important to continue as it defines our commercial offering. This coming Seawork will help to vastly expanded our presence in this market. We committed early to Seawork as we see the strength and importance of this, which is key to our plans in the UK and worldwide.’

Richard Gramser, Stormer Marine - The Netherlands

“We exhibit at Seawork as it gives us a wide and international audience, coming from sectors such as fish farming, rescue, police, as well as large ship owners, and therefore greatly helps with building an awareness of our product as well as delivering us some good leads”.

Brian Curtain, Director, Lifting Gear & Safety Ltd – Bristol, UK

“This is the first time we have exhibited at Seawork. Historically we were based in lifting equipment, however over the last few years we have become also established within the marine safety market, therefore felt that this is the right year to come to the event, having lots of products to show and bringing them to the wider market. The key benefits of coming along to an exhibition like Seawork is that it brings our brand to the fore and makes it well known.”

Richard Winter, Sales Director, Vetus Commercial Products

“We have been to every Seawork exhibition for the last twenty years, bar one.  Seawork is the shop window in the commercial marine business and always brings in something unexpected. We get to see new clients and the marketplace is ever changing.”

Martin Slade, MD, Tidal Anchors – Swansea, UK

“There are a lot of good people that we’ve met, plus people that we met last year are coming back to see the progress of our product, and which they are now looking to commercially stock and sell.

Attending Seawork is about being in the marine community and making sure that people know who we are. Seawork is also a solid platform to get us established in the marketplace and being Category Runner Up in the Innovations Showcase has made a significant difference to our brand because when people go to the Innovations Showcase they can see the products.”

Tom Peddleson, Director, Gemini Marine – Lymington, UK

“From a presence point of view, Seawork has enabled Gemini to be visible in the UK after a 17 year break. Through the Seawork network and the social media networks the profile of Gemini Marine has exponentially grown. We can attribute many of the sales to Seawork, plus we have opened discussions with organisations who may need one or twenty boats. Also, we’ve and built close relationships with ShoXs Seats, SeaDeck and Meercat Workboats so that we can mutually showcase our scope and products and scope.”

New exhibitors attending Seawork International 2018

Euan Carruthers, You & Sea - Gareloch, Scotland

“We have chosen to exhibit at Seawork 2018 because of its reputation as one of the best commercial trade shows in the marine industry. We value our reputation within the marine industry and very much hope to form some new relationships at Seawork.”

Ian Marsh, C E Niehoff - Ilinois, USA

“Until last year we had not visited Seawork International for quite some considerable time. We came away so impressed with the standard of organization, exhibitors and clientele that we felt this would be the ideal venue to promote C.E. Niehoff and its products at a central location to the commercial marine and workboat industries and its suppliers”

To find out more about the benefits of exhibiting at Seawork, contact the sales team at info@seawork.com or call +44 1329 825335.

@Seawork - Twitter comments during SeaworkInternational:

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Rotec Hydraulics We're having a busy week following up with contacts met at #Seawork @seawork

Caley Marina @seawork We're getting over our long haul back from #seawork Another successful show andare looking forward to the same next year

Icom UK @seawork Seawork was a great show...thanks to you and the team for such a well orgnanised show.

Solent Plastics Many thanks to @seawork for a very successful show! Already looking forward to nextyear!

Daniel Thompson @RotecHydraulics superb Seawork thanks. Loads of business to follow up on and lots of happy faces. Great to see so many exhibitors and visitors

James Ward Thank you@seawork for another fantastic show. Been really successful days for@MarineResources


Feedback from previous Seawork International exhibitions:

Chris Hill | Spinlock “We are very pleased with the new location and layout of Seawork, it is working really well, we’ve seen a good steady flow of people and think it will benefit all the exhibitors.”

Ross Wilkinson | Survitec “Seawork 2016 was a great success this year. The new Crewsaver Workvest Lifejacket range was very well received with the new 3D Fusion fit technology.”

Stewart Dunn | Hampshire Chamber of Commerce “Seawork is firmly established as Europe’s largest workboat and commercial marine exhibition and conference event. The move to Mayflower Park in Southampton with its unique waterfront gives the thousands of visitors a real opportunity to see the boats in their true setting on the water.  Hampshire Chamber of Commerce looks forward to supporting Seawork in the years ahead.”

Reena Bayley | Cox “The show has been a real success for us this year. We saw a wide variety of boat operators and are delighted with the response we received. This year we had a bigger stand, giving us a better profile at the show. Having the full size model of our engine on the stand has certainly helped to boost interest.”

Steve Morris | Dometic “Seawork is always a key platform for us to launch and showcase our commercial equipment and new technology, secure international sales leads and connect with current and potential customers.”

Simon Crowther | ACR Electronics “I thought there was a good positive atmosphere at the show. Seawork again proved to be a key show for us.”

Adam Ramsden | Hella Marine “Being in the Innovations Showcase at Seawork is a fantastic way for us to launch our new product and get the product to a broader audience.”

Ellie Garland | Elite Maritime Training “Last year we sponsored the Guinness Bar, this year we have done the same but have returned with a stand as well. It's been a fantastic first day, really exciting with plenty of visitors to our stand, a massive achievement for EMS a year down the line.”

Gareth Ross | Sika “Seawork is a networking event for us as well as an opportunity to speak with industry professionals about new technologies, so it’s great to have everyone we need to see all under one roof. This year we have also seen new potential customers.  We like the new venue which gives a more professional aspect to the show. We have received a fantastic response to our new professional deck caulking product, Sikaflex® 290 DC PRO, which we launched at the show.”

Colin Greetham | Ocean Signal “Being in the Innovations Showcase has introduced us to a new potential market in Africa after firm interest was shown by a client who had seen our product.”

Ian Millen | Dryad Marine (& Chair of the Solent Local Enterprise Panel’s Marine and Maritime Steering Group) “Seawork International has delivered another highly successful exhibition, showcasing innovation and quality across the marine sector; something that is critical to regional business growth. The international nature of the event, along with the deals signed and business relationships initiated, are evidence of just how important Seawork International is to marine and maritime businesses… this long standing success story will undoubtedly go from strength-to-strength.”

Ted Waring | Maricer “Seawork is a great showcase for us to meet a huge variety of our European clients.”

Ole Rasmus Undrum | Henriksen Hooks “It [Seawork] is one of the most important shows of the year for us as it enables us to reach customers in all of our key markets. It has been our target deadline in the development of some important new products and we launch them confident that Seawork will get them off to a good start.

Sarah Slater | Innovatum Ltd: As a very niche technology company, Innovatum can reach potential customers at Seawork that we would never otherwise encounter. Every Seawork always yields real enquiries that make us return the next year.

Andy White | Chairman, CTruk: Once again CTruk closed deals during Seawork. This event is a great meeting place for the industry and a focussed business platform for us in the workboat sector. Numerous and above all high-quality visitors are essential to any exhibition’s success, and Seawork attracts them all.

Luke Webster | PM SHIPPING GmbH: As a first time exhibitor, Seawork was a huge success for us. Our presence at the show resulted in hundreds of new contacts, numerous transport enquiries and most importantly, some bookings! Very impressed with the show and we definitely plan to exhibit again!  

Martin Jackson | Marine & Industrial Transmissions Ltd: Seawork proved to be the place to be in June, We were again able to meet many new contacts, met with existing customers and friends. We came away from the show with a good number of new enquiries for products across our whole port folio. See you in2014 we will definitely be there.

Marine Resources: Seawork generated circa £50,000 of New Business for Marine Resources.

Jim Fraser | AMI Marine International Pte Ltd: "We thought that Seawork was a VERY well worthwhile exhibition, and is exactly our target market. We confirm that we will exhibit again."

Tatiana Flamant | NIBS: "The French say "The appetite comes with eating." Our interest for Seawork increases from one year to another. In 2012 we discovered this event as visitors and returned since as participants. And there is no doubt, we will return again with a great desire to exchange with visitors and exhibitors, but also to show the new technologies and ideas that we will certainly have at that moment."

Paul Williams | Clements Engineering: “Fantastic. Each year, Seawork gets better and this year’s exhibition proved a great confidence booster for the industry.”

Andrew Harries | BMF Commercial Marine: “Brilliant! We’ve engaged with members who havereally appreciated our presence and we’ve signed up significant new members.”

Andy Ash-Vie | Harken: “It’s really been great. Lots of leads and a perfect launch pad for our Power Seat.”

Peter Edwards | ASAP: “The best place we could choose to launch our new catalogue. Seawork always delivers.”

David Ash | Mantsbrite: “Great show! Successful. Seawork goes from strength to strength. The quality of enquiries has been outstanding this year and we’ve been at Seawork for 15years.”

Steve De’Ath | Red7 Marine: “This is our 6th year at Seawork. Yet again, the exhibition attracts specifically the type of people Red7 hopes to meet. It’s a great opportunity to network with customers, suppliers and competitors. Red7Marine will be a permanent fixture at future events.”

Andy Scott | International Safety Products: “We’ve got some strong enquiries at Seawork this year and it’s proved the perfect platform for us to launch the new Duarry liferaft.”

John Haynes | FRC International: “We’ve had hundreds of people on our stand from 30 different countries, so we’ll definitely be back next year.”

Tim Eggert | Nautilus International: “Our support of the UKTI DSO initiative to bring naval attachés to Seawork has worked really well for us, as we had them all on our stand. We’re a defence-orientated company, so Seawork has been a very cost-effective way of reaching our target audience. We have also used the exhibition to meet our current clientele in the defence and maritime security sector. Our demonstrations of the Greenough Advanced Rescue Craft have also been really successful with the quayside lined with visitors. We’ll definitely be back next year with a stand of the same size or even bigger.”

Ed Neal | Managing Director, Geosim Global Sim Card: “The level of interest in our Global M2M Service has been astounding with over 80% of enquiries being for M2M over our regular global Roaming Sim”.

Tim Goodman | Director, Index Marine. “This is without doubt the best show we have attended for some time. We met all the right people and our new products have been extremely well received. Despite a challenging market we are experiencing a very busy year and this show has certainly contributed. Seawork seems to go from strength to strength, looking forward to next year!”

Steve Groves | Director Odeo Flare: “That was an exceptional show for us but the icing on the cake was winning both the Innovation Award and the Seawork Spirit of Innovation Award. We have been overwhelmed by the response of both the media and the industry tous wining which has supported our own confidence in this great product. We were certain Odeo Flare would change the way safety flares are used in the future and we are now well on our way to achieving that. Thanks Seawork.”

Andy Simms | Cooney Marine: “Seawork continues to grow into a progressive key chain for the marine industry.”

Steve Clark | Hypro Marine: “Seawork is great for making and sustaining contacts.”

Shaun Parsons | PSP: “Meeting people here has been very successful. Unlike some other exhibitions, people here are more approachable and willing to network.”

Ian Strugnell | Commercial Director Mustang Marine (Wales) Ltd: “As always Seawork provided excellent value for money – the show satisfied all our objectives, and we will be returning.

Christian James | Green Marine Solutions: “We received grant funding to be here in the Renewable Energy Pavilion and feel confident enough following this year to haveour own stand next time. We have had good contact with potential clients and partners. Strong leads with follow up meetings to come that could see our products used by companies we had not considered; the RNLI in particular have shown interest in our PDA’s.

MarkWhite | Nelson Stud Welding: “We made our first ever sale at an exhibition, in 22 years! We arelooking to grow our business in the marine sector and this is a great show forus to do that.”

Turner Marine: “This is our first year at Seawork - it was a very worthwhile event for us and we wouldlike to return next year. We have made good quality contacts that are relevant to our industry and certainly would never have been able to generate so manyquality leads in such a short space of time anywhere else.”

Andrew Bush | C A Clase (UK) Ltd: ”We have exhibited at Seawork for over 10 years and watched the show grow over the years. Seawork is a crucial part of our strategy in the commercial marine market. It is great to be presenting technology that allows crew so much more in communications, as we are able to offer very cost effective products in satellite data and voice connections.”

Robin George | McMurdo: “Seawork always attracts international visitors in the commercial marine sector and, as McMurdo exports over 80% of its products overseas, this exhibition is agood platform for us.”

Peter Smith | Meercat Workboats: “Seawork is an important landmark in our calendar each year and offers the only forum for the specialised market that we are in.”

Alan Hunt | Navitron System: “Seawork is an exhibition that has grown into a prestigious event with many international visitors. We have been exhibition here for over 10 years and are very pleased with the exposure that it provides.”