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UK Government offers support for British shipping firms at Marintec

Tom Chant Society of Maritime Industries
The UK’s Department of International Trade (DIT) and the country’s Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) are teaming up to provide support for British companies preparing to attend China’s largest maritime exhibition, Marintec China, in December.

The support package, including events designed to help UK shipping executives meet Chinese customers, will be aimed both at exhibitors and businesses walking the show. The fair takes place in Shanghai between 3-6 Decembe and will feature more than 2,000 exhibitors attracting some 65,000 visitors.

Support will include a specially designed UK Pavilion under the ‘Exporting is Great’ brand where DIT China commercial staff and SMI’s Shanghai representative will broker introductions between UK companies and Chinese business leaders. Other initiatives will include a UK-themed gala evening reception for key executives in China’s shipping arena, and a pre-show dinner featuring a market briefing with prominent Chinese stakeholders.

DIT marine sector manager, John Strang, said: “We are looking to engage with UK companies thinking of attending the show as well as those already doing so who could benefit from our free package of support and networking events.

“We want to help as many businesses as possible, either exhibiting or attending, to meet new customers and business partners,” he continued. “China is the biggest maritime nation on earth and it presents a glittering opportunity for British maritime companies operating in the ship repair and shipbuilding sector.”

Marintec China has taken place over the last four decades and is organised today by Informa Markets in conjunction with the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.