Why attend Seawork 2018? See what was said about this year's show

12 Oct 2017

Alicat Workboats & Iceni Services celebrate handover

Statistics from Seawork 2017 - 94% of attendees said they would visit Seawork again; 91% of visitors authorise or influence purchasing decisions; 87% of exhibitors would rate their overall Seawork experience as good to excellent.

Feedback from Seawork International 2017

David Johnson – Sales Director, Halyard (M&I) Ltd - 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 of 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, Peters & May Commercial Manager - 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 for 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 and 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 MD - 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 Dev. 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.”

Ravestein, Fieke Engelbracht, Sales Manager - 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 at 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 of 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, 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 of 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!”

Exhibitors returning to Seawork International 2018

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”.

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”

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.”

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