Chancellor Merkel accepts patronage of the SMM again in 2008

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has again taken on the patronage of the SMM in 2008, as she did at the previous event in 2006. That underscores the importance of this top global shipbuilding fair for Germany as a maritime industry location, with more than 1,800 exhibitors showcasing their latest technology and product developments in all areas of the maritime industry – the 23rd Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine technology, international trade fair Hamburg, will be held from 23 to 26 September 2008.

Chancellor Angela Merkel
The Chancellor attaches great importance to the leading role of international shipbuilding in new high-tech developments. The Federal Government sees the maritime technologies as a key innovation field, from which the economy as a whole can harvest rich fruits.
The Federal Government is pursuing the goal of making Germany a prime location for advanced industries, as set out in the “High-tech Strategy for Germany”. The aim is to strengthen the world market position of shipbuilding with technologically sophisticated, highly complex special-purpose vessels, and to promote process innovations to maintain competitiveness in standard shipbuilding.
This policy programme is spearheaded by a programme run by the Federal Economics Ministry under the title “Innovative Shipbuilding to Keep Competitive Jobs”, for which the Federal Government has earmarked 60 million euros in the three years from 2006 to 2009. These funds are for development of new ship types, new ship components and systems, and new methods in shipbuilding.
The SMM 2008 is expected to attract more than 1,800 companies from over 50 nations.