Fareham firm expands maritime event into Asia

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A FAREHAM firm which organises the UK’s largest commercial boat show is expanding into China.

Mercator Media runs the popular Seawork International Exhibition in Southampton every summer, and will launch Seawork Asia in November.

It will be held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Centre and it will be produced by Mercator’s joint venture in China, Seawork Asia Company Limited.

Andrew Webster, chief executive of Mercator Media, said: ‘This is the first dedicated commercial marine exhibition to be held in mainland China and Shanghai is one of the region’s key destination cities.

‘It presents an amazing opportunity for companies to create and research business in the heart of this fast growing, vibrant, East Asia marine market.’

Mr Webster said Shanghai is at the centre of the fast-growing East Asian commercial marine business which has a vast coastline to develop and maintain.

The demand for marine civil engineering, workboats and floating plant, together with the equipment and services that keep them in operation, is forecast to grow at double-figure rates for the next 20 years.