Mayflower Marine Tech Expo

Plymouth is a global centre of excellence for the marine sector, with a cluster of specialist marine businesses linked to a strong advanced manufacturing sector and world-class research expertise through the Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership.

The Mayflower 400 Marine Tech Expo was initiated in 2016 as a biennial conference aimed at supporting the sector’s growth, aligning with wider activity such as Oceansgate and incorporating city specialisms such as autonomous vessel technology, advanced engineering, manufacturing and product commercialisation.

The 2016 Expo succeeded in bringing 100 senior business representatives to the city, including 44 bookings at director level and 13 Managing Directors. 61% of attendees came from outside of Plymouth. The 2018 Expo grew significantly from these foundations, attracting over 200 attendees including a greater international presence.

The project is now looking to further expand for 2020, using the commemoration to raise awareness and engagement from the US and Dutch markets. It will continue after 2020 as a legacy project to ensure that Plymouth continues to promote the exceptional organisations based in the city.

Due to the momentum gained through previous events, Plymouth has recently seen the Marine Business Technology Centre established within Oceansgate. Both the 2016 and 2018 Mayflower 400 Marine Trade Expos were accompanied by a schools STEM programme, blending learning activity with opportunities to gain vocational insight.

This element of the Expo will also grow, with a schools event planned for the fallow year of 2019. A dedicated day of education activity will accompany the 2020 itineration.

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