The German trade fair, held between 15 and 18 September, is intended for developers and customers in the wind industry. Wind energy is a rapidly growing market in locations such as offshore areas, which makes it easy to draw parallels to Martens en Van Oord.
Niels Schellekens from Martens en Van Oord: ‘We intentionally chose this trade fair, so that we could distinguish ourselves as a contractor. We had lots of information materials in several languages and fun gadgets with us, but also a scale model of our Scheldeoord and a mega-plate to scale. Especially the latter two drew a lot of attention. People often were not aware that we can also work with the Scheldeoord in very low water.’
A striking thing was that quite a few visitors had heard of Martens en Van Oord. ‘They had already seen us working at the construction pit for the U-Bahn while sitting on the train in Hamburg. That’s when you realise that people talk a lot about this. It makes it fun to present the overall picture of Martens en Van Oord, from excavation to logistics, at a trade fair like this. The next trade fair will be in 2017; we will definitely be there again.’