Material Xperience on Tour – METS 2013

Materia will be present at the Marine Equipment Trade Show with our travelling showcase, Material Xperience On Tour. As a part of the Construction Material Pavilion, we will be displaying innovative materials for the maritime sector.

The goal is to inspire naval architects, designers and shipyards with innovative new materials to be used in boat and yacht construction such as lightweight and fire resistant materials, composites and interior cladding.

There will also be a dedicated Construction Stage, where a variety of speakers from other industries – such as aviation, construction and automotive – will share their knowledge of how to apply these materials.

Materia will have around 125 innovative materials on display at METS. We’ll be selecting them all carefully for their potential within the marine construction industry.

Our aim at METS is to serve as a global materials’ network, connecting architects and boat manufacturers with materials which add value to their projects. The trade show is the world’s largest and most visited leisure marine event and it takes place from November 19th – 21st 2013 at the Amsterdam RAI.


Every day during the show, Materia’s very own Els Zijlstra will lecture on innovative materials ‘between the floating and the fixed world’.

We’ll also have the following experts to share their wisdom:


November 19th, 14.00 – 14.45,  lecture and discussion

Material synergy between design markets

Nedcam’s Erwin van Maaren and Rene Homan on how cross-sector discussion and techno-transfer can accelerate innovation. From windmills to yachts to architecture, how can we learn from other industries and implement this in our own work?


November 20th, 14.00-14.45,  lecture and discussion

How to deal with new materials?

Huibert Groenendijk on the why and how of building boats, both in the past and in the future. In a whirlwind lecture, he will concentrate on commercial and emotional aspects and on tradition, styling and risks of new materials, all seen from the designer’s perspective.


November 21st, 14.00 – 14.45,  lecture and discussion

Using water to combat global challenges

Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on water villas, floating mosques and floating cities and how to make this work. By 2050 around 70% of the world’s population will live in urbanised areas. About 90% of the world’s largest cities are on waterfronts. We are forced to rethink the way we live with water in the built environment and come up with flexible strategies.

Registration for free tickets is possible here.