The 8th edition of Navalia fair, the international shipbuilding industry exhibition held at the Instituto Ferial de Vigo (IFEVI), has been a great success. After four years without taking place due to the pandemic, this edition has been the most crowded since its birth in 2006. It has broken the record of exhibitors -more than 430 exhibitors from many countries-, has brought together more than 900 brands and more than 20,000 visitors have passed through the pavilion, including Máquinas Marinas MAQMAR. Thus, it has become the most important exhibition of the naval sector in Spain and the third in Europe.
Navalia fair 2022, the most successful edition since 2006
In addition, foreign participation has increased, as international exhibitors have grown by 20% compared to 2018. Brands from Argentina, Australia, Cape Verde, China, Colombia, Croatia, Slovenia, Holland, Iran, Lithuania, Paraguay, Sri Lanka and Turkey have attended. The national clusters of the sector have also been present: Andalusia, Cadiz, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Galicia, the Basque Maritime Forum and, obviously, the Spanish Maritime Cluster.
May 24, 25 and 26 have been full of activities: trade missions, presentations, round tables and demonstrations by some of the leading experts in the sector. Topics such as cybersecurity, innovation, logistics, digitalization processes for shipbuilding machinery and energy optimization were discussed. In addition, as a novelty in this edition, a mobile application of the fair has been released.
The FINE awards ceremony was also held on May 25. The purpose of these awards is to highlight and promote the work, development and innovation of the maritime industry. This year, the jury, made up of representatives of leading institutions in the sector, awarded nine prizes:
- Featured vessel: Eleanor Roosevelt fast ferry of the Armon Group.
- Featured shipyard: Nodosa Shieyard.
- Featured shipowner: Balearia.
- Marine energy project highlighted: Hivewind Concept, a semi-submersible floating platform for offshore wind turbines, by Sener.
- Outstanding institution: Dirección General de la Marina Mercante.
- Fishing sector award: Krustagroup.
- Outstanding professional: Rafael Rolo, Maritime Managing Director of Peninsula.
- Career Achievement Award: Ceferino Ron, advisor to the general management of Gondan shipyards.
- Extraordinary recognition: José Pereira Álvarez.
Sixty percent of the exhibitors present at this year’s edition have already booked space for the 2024 edition, which will be held from May 21 to 23. The vast majority of the exhibitors present at this year’s fair have shown their intention to increase the square meters of their stands for the 2024 edition. In addition, some 20 first-time visitors have applied for exhibitor space for the 2024 show.
Navalia Meeting 2023
The organization of Navalia fair has also confirmed that the second edition of Navalia Meeting will take place after the summer of 2023. It is a meeting focused on the most technical part of the naval industry and has a smaller format. Therefore, the Navalia exhibition will be held in even years and Navalia Meeting in odd years.
See you at Navalia 2024 to continue networking. We look forward to meeting you there.