Material Xperience On Tour – METS AMSTERDAM

Materia, the leading global network in the field of innovative materials, will be present this year for the second time at METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) with the travelling exhibition, Material Xperience On Tour. As part of the Innovation Lab, Materia’s partners and experts from around the world will showcase innovative materials related to the maritime industry. The goal is to inspire marine architects, designers and shipbuilders with innovative materials that can be used in boat and yacht building.

The Materia exhibition will showcase diverse lightweight and fire retardant materials, along with luxury interior finishes, honeycomb panels, foam materials and bio-composites. In addition, practical finishing materials including the latest veneers and surface materials will be on show.

Materia will be exhibiting around 125 innovative materials at METS. Each material was carefully selected by experts from Materia’s network in the maritime sector. “My wish is that in say five years, we can build a boat where the interior and exterior are made from materials that naval architects and builders have discovered at Materior Xperience on Tour at METS,” says Irene Dros, manager of the maritime area within Amsterdam RAI. “With Material Xperience On Tour, the Construction Stage and the Innovation Lab, METS is a platform where important trends and developments for boats and yachts are shared.”

“Our goal, as a worldwide networking organization, is to connect architects and shipbuilders with materials that add value to their projects,” adds Jeroen van Oostveen, the director of Materia. “At the same time, we build bridges between our customers and other markets – both geographically and within the construction sectors in which they work. The presentation at METS is a good example of the kind of collaboration that can provide our customers new opportunities. It is a true win-win situation for all involved.”

Be inspired and come to Material Xperience On Tour. You can also visit the Innovation Lab and the beautiful RAI Elicium, where you can view nominees for the Design Award METS. And of course, don’t miss the international and inspiring world of (luxury) recreation boats at the RAI, Europaplein te Amsterdam.


Lecture Program: Transfer relation between the Marine world and architecture:

18 November 14.30-15.00; Prof Mick Eekhout of Octatube
“Technology from Yachting to Architecture ‘
Tensioned membrane structures; Fiberglass reinforced roofs for Rabin Center;
Plans for Mediatheque in Pau in carbon fiber epoxy and Superyacht as a floating hotel in London.

19 November 11.15 – 11.45; Atto Harsta of Aldus bouwinnovatie
`A boat is an autarkic building`
As Innovation consultant for the building industry and architecture, owner of three sailing boats and specialist in sustainability Atto will make inspiring connections between sustainable buildings and the boat industry

20 November 13.00-13.30; Mr. Ruud Bakker, senior designer at Feadship
`Innovation of (super)yachts`
About minimizing details, the use of new materials, the increasing use of glass in yachts and a prototype of a `Royal`yacht.

18 and 20 November 14.00-14.30; Els Zijlstra, Materia
`Innovative materials on land and in the water`
About 3D printed boats, sails as facades, a biobased green boat, super lightweight materials, floating with cardboard and the new interior luxury.

Exhibition Sponsors
Bright Nature Interiors
Esthec® Terrace
Mozenzi Art & Design
Vyva Fabrics