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Innovation Lab Stage Lecture Programme at METS 2015

This week at METS 2015 (November 17-19), we will be presenting an inspiring lecture series in addition to our exhibition of innovative materials for the marine industry. Below is the programme covering the wide range of topics that will be presented at the Innovation Lab Stage. Topics range from luxury interiors to floating hotel concepts to the recycling of yachts and much more. You can register here to attend.


10.30 – 11.00 : Interview with Mr Peter Sander, manager of emerging technologies and concepts at Airbus
Interview by Ed Slack, Editor, IBI Magazine

Mr Sander is keynote speaker at this year’s METSTRADE Breakfast Briefing, where he will present on the subject of ‘On the way to Additive Layer Manufacturing: Chances & Challenges for future of design & industrial production’. The interview will focus on in depth questions on Mr Sander’s keynote, exploring how his 34 years of experience in the aviation industry have brought him unique insight into the world of 3D printing, also known as Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM). It will also investigate what specifically the marine sector could gain from such processes and techniques.

11.30 – 12.00:  DAME – Design Award – Overall Winner presentation

Presentation by the overall DAME Winner, followed by a short interview by Ed Slack, editor IBI Magazine (the DAME winner is announced during the METSTRADE Breakfast Briefing, the opening ceremony of the METSTRADE show in the early morning of Tuesday 17th November)

13.00 – 13.30: Innovation Management in Ship Building

Dr. Marco Zeschky and Mr Andreas Schnele, Porsche Consulting GmbH, Germany What does innovation management mean in general, and how can success factors of production and assembly be transferred from the automotive sector into ship building? Porsche Consulting GmbH headquartered in Bietigheim-Bissingen is a subsidiary of the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. Founded in 1994 with a staff of four, it currently employs around 370 people. It works with companies across a wide range of industries and disciplines with a common goal of creating ‘operational excellence’.

14.00 – 14.45: Panel discussion: End-of-life boats

The clock is ticking on how best to tackle the escalating number of old boats littering our waterways. With the industry divided on a solution, what was once a nuisance now threatens to become a major problem. A panel of leading industry experts debate the various ‘solutions’ on the table and what needs to be done to avert a full-blown crisis.

15.00-15.30: Best of both worlds: Overcoming the engineering challenge of combining a fibreglass hull with an aluminium alloy superstructure in the 50m build VICA, and what the successful fusion of diverse materials could mean for the future of yacht construction
Mr E. Campronese, Project Manager, Benetti

Emanuele Camporese joined Benetti as Project Manager right after the start-up of the new Custom Yacht facility (Livorno) in 2005 after five years as Specialist and Manager in structural and outfitting design at Fincantieri. In 2009 he was promoted to Technical Manager for the Custom Yacht business unit of the Megayacht division. The involvement of his team in different megayacht projects, research groups and new technology applications generated a cross-fertilization between various yacht fields that is now the ground work for the Basic Design Department he has led since spring 2014 where megayachts from 45 to 100m+ pre contractual, naval architecture and initial design take shape.

16.00-16.30: Innovative materials for yachts
Els Zijlstra, Creative Director, Materia

The new luxury: new and innovative materials made of recycled and renewable sources, generating energy or made by digital manufacturing techniques will become the new `smart´ luxury.


10.15 – 10.45: The head behind the heart – The scientific approach behind the development of Dominator’s
ground-breaking Ilumen range
Mr Andrea Agrusta, CEO and Technical Director , NavalHEAD. Naval Architect and Marine Engineer, PhD. Head of engineering for the Ilumen range

The Dominator llumen 26M is a revolutionary yacht thanks to the innovative technical features and modern design methods used. The engineering design for the Ilumen has followed a rational approach more typically found in the technical design of advanced large cruise ships and military vessels. This kind of attention to detail harnesses a deeper understanding of physics rarely used in yacht design.

11.15 – 11.45: Innovative materials for yachts
Ir. Els Zijlstra, Creative Director, Materia

The new luxury: new and innovative materials made of recycled and renewable sources, generating energy or made by digital manufacturing techniques will become the new `smart´ luxury.

12.00 – 13.00: DAME Elevator Pitches of Category Winners

Category 1 Marine electronics & marine related software
Category 2 Interior equipment, furnishing, materials and electrical fittings used in cabins
Category 3 Marina equipment, boatyard equipment & boat construction tools & materials
Category 4 Deck equipment, sails and rigging
Category 5 Clothing and crew accessories
Category 6 Lifesaving and safety equipment
Category 7 Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems and fittings

13.15 – 13.45: Innovating with Advanced Composites
Mr E. Hall, President, Hall Spars & Rigging

Opening the industry’s eyes to advanced composites processes (aerospace autoclave curing and related high level processes) will lead to innovative strength and weight saving solutions not previously considered in yacht building. The discussion will highlight new process developments.

14.00 – 16.30: 7th Edition of the ICOMIA Workshop on New Technologies and Manufacturing, powered by IBI

14.00- 14.25: The Widening Disconnect Between Engine Technologies and Worldwide Fuel Supplies
Mr Nigel Calder, Technical Journalist

Mr Nigel Calder will be speaking on a very pertinent topic given the current VW diesel emissions crisis and will be explaining how current regulations are not in line with producing efficient marine engines.

14.35 -15.00: Shaping Technology – From Innovative Tooling to the World’s Largest Infusion
Mr Teun de Vries, Project Manager at Nedcam BV

Mr Teun de Vries will show an engaging presentation on the background behind the world’s largest infusion project and some of the challenges that were overcome.

15.10-15.35: Project Aquabots
Mr Kees Pieters, RDM Centre of Expertise of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Mr Kees Pieters is hoping to explain his current work with the Aquabots Project and how they are encouraging more students to choose a technical education by examining in detail the regulation and safety of small unmanned craft.

15.45 -16.10: Floating hotels – concepts for the future
Ms Svetlana Mojic, owner and creative director of Salt & Water Design Studio

Ms Svetlana Mojic will be presenting an innovative floating hotel concept that consists of independent catamaran ‘apartments’ that can be used by clients to explore the surrounding area by themselves.

16.20 – 16.30: The NEW Recreational Craft Directive
Mr Patrick Hemp, technical consultant of ICOMIA

Mr Patrick Hemp will be closing the session by highlighting some important considerations of the new Recreational Craft Directive.


 09.30 – 11.00: Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement
News and video footage of the winners from Wednesday night’s inaugural

IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, held at the National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam

 11.15 – 11.45: Sustainable boating, the Dutch approach to the End of Life boats issue
Mr G. Klok, NJI

12.00 – 13.00: Innovations discovered at METSTRADE 2015

Video footage of interviews produced during METSTRADE 2015 with exhibitors, by the flying reporter team of IBI.

13.00 – 13.45: The Volvo Ocean Race and Boatyard 2.0 (the next edition)
Mr Nick Bice, Director of Boats and Maintenance, Volvo Ocean Race

Mr Bice will talk about the unique collaboration model in the industry and how suppliers are becoming partners to showcase the best they can offer: how a race became a platform of collaboration, efficiency and reliability.

Nick Bice: “With five editions of The Volvo Ocean Race under my belt, two as a sailor, two as Shore Crew and the previous edition as Head of The Boatyard (the one stop shop for all VOR teams to fix, reinforce, repair and prepare their boat). Now coming in to my 6th edition, the challenges continue with ensuring the successful Volvo Ocean 65s continue to evolve as the rest of the marine industry evolves. To help make this happen, we will be challenging all our current suppliers to ensure we stay ahead of the game and utilise the best technology moving forward.”

 14.00 -14.30: Innovative materials for yachts
Ir. Els Zijlstra, Creative Director, Materia

The new luxury: new and innovative materials made of recycled and renewable sources, generating energy or made by digital manufacturing techniques will become the new `smart´ luxury.

14.30-15.00: It is all about quality and material innovation
Mr Marco Struik, director Struik & Hamerslag

Innovation in the production and installation of top quality interior works and furniture for the luxury yacht & shipbuilding industry. It is all about quality and material innovation to satisfy the need of the client.