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International on the Green Route at Europort 2009

Published on 2009-12-01. Author : SpecialChem

This years international maritime exhibition Europort took place from the 3rd - 6th November 2009.

Professionals and representatives of leading maritime companies met in Rotterdam - one of the largest ports in the world, to showcase the different sectors of the maritime industry, from inland navigation to sea shipping, from naval to dredging and from fishery to offshore.

The show had over 900 exhibitors from 35 different countries and saw over 30,000 visitors of 86 different nationalities pass through the doors at Ahoy Rotterdam. The majority of the visitors and exhibitors were marine suppliers, shipyards, parts manufacturers and major coating producers.

The event was opened by Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Mrs Tineke Netelenbos, chairman of the Royal Association of Netherlands's Ship owners.

Mr. Balkenende was impressed by the scale and presentation of many maritime industries at Europort 2009. He observed that the need for a maritime meeting place is shown to be larger in a hard economical climate like this.

Mrs. Netelenbos highlighted the importance of innovation within the industry. In line with this innovation, she specifically mentioned the "Green Route". The aim of the route is to guide you to sustainable products in the maritime industry which can lead to a reduction of emission into the atmosphere, water or waste from ships. International Paint was very proud to be member of this exclusive group, with our product Intersleek 900.

Marcel van Goor, Account Manager for International Paint Netherlands attended the exhibition with a team of 10, and had some positive thoughts, saying "Many of our existing customers visited us at the exhibition stand. It was an excellent opportunity to meet them in a more relaxed environment and offer them a drink and light snacks. The visitors to the exhibition were of a high caliber and we picked up some very good leads which will be followed up in due course.

The team wore white shirts with '9%' on the front pocket - teasing the imagination of the visitors, and challenging them to ask questions. It was a great opportunity to start a conversation and inform them of the benefits of our products.

Thanks to the hard work of the Dutch sales team and great support from other members of International Paint Netherlands, the exhibition was a big success. We gained very positive feedback from our customers at the event - many commenting on our impressive new exhibition stand - We'll be back in 2011".

Source: International Paint LLC.


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