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International Boat Industry December 2018

Business-to-business magazine for the recreational marine industry distributed to boat builders, designers, equipment manufacturers, distributors and retailers in over 120 countries. Contains industry news, market facts and data, country reports, technical, new product news, and management features for OEMs, distributors and retailers.

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Boating Communications Ltd.
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confident of growth going forward, we will be unveiling more bold plans in 2019

We can feel cautiously optimistic going into 2019 as the US market is still expanding (albeit slower than recent years); European markets continue their move into growth at various rates; and emerging markets stabilise. The usual caveats apply – that there’s no bust-up politically in the European Union that could lead to a splintering of the group; that Brexit for all its headlines and rhetoric passes uneventfully; and there’s a ratcheting back of tensions and trade wars between the US, China and Europe. In short, if the marine industry is allowed to get on with business, then we can look forward to some degree of prosperity – and time to grapple those thorny issues that need resolving. How do we appeal to more millennials and ethnic minorities?; how do we…

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top 10 most read news on ibi plus

1 New ownership for bankrupt Italian yards • IBI-plus.com November 21 2 Disputes involving superyachts continue • IBI-plus.com November 28 3 Erwin Bamps appointed CEO of Prestige Yachts • IBI-plus.com November 14 Annette Roux leads list 4 of winners at 2018 Boat Builder Awards • IBI-plus.com November 14 Chinese outboard 5 engine maker reports growth, secures UN supply contract • IBI-plus.com November 27 EU investigates tax 6 avoidance in Italian, Isle of Man yacht sectors • IBI-plus.com November 20 Gastinel reveals bold 7 plans to outshine market • IBI-plus.com November 13 Dutch motorboat 8 builder finds new owner • IBI-plus.com November 26 New investment 9 planned for Nautitech • IBI-plus.com November 16 Subsidies for Swedish 10 boat scrapping scheme • IBI-plus.com November 27…

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annette roux leads list of winners at 2018 boat builder awards

NETHERLANDS A record total of 15 winning companies and individuals, plus 12 honourable mentions, were announced at the 2018 Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, held in association with Raymarine, in November. More than 350 guests witnessed an evening celebrating the industry’s many successes at Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum, crowned by the popular Lifetime Achievement Award to Beneteau’s Annette Roux. The judges could immediately see the influence of emerging trends in the Retail Marketing Initiative category, sponsored by RAI Amsterdam. Princess Yachts’ Japanese Anime and Mangastyle TV and print commercials and leaked prototype boat campaign for the R35 was named winner, while Groupe Beneteau’s Band of Boats community services platform and Brunswick Marine’s Quicksilver Rental Platform also impressed the judges for their response to future pay-and-play demand and were named as…

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nimbus buys bella boats

SWEDEN Nimbus Boats is to acquire Brunswick’s joint venture interest in Finland’s Bella Boats. Terms of the deal, which took place at the beginning of December, are unknown, but the acquisition is expected to close before the end of the year. It will provide Nimbus with ownership of all Bella brands, including Bella, Flipper, Falcon and Aquador. “This is a great opportunity for Bella and Nimbus to join forces to form a very powerful boating portfolio and with Mercury powering our vessels we are confident that this is an opportunity that will not only delight our customers, but also allow us to take advantage of the synergies among the different brands,” said Jan-Erik Lindström, Nimbus’s managing director. Brunswick’s Mercury Marine has benefitted from its joint venture with Bella Boats, led by founder…

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metstrade breaks records

NETHERLANDS The METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam broke all records this year, attracting 16,716 people during its three-day run in November and culminating in just over 26,000 visits – a 5% increase over last year. Nearly 1,600 exhibitors from 50 countries attended the show, including 237 companies that exhibited for the first time. In his keynote presentation during the opening ceremony, Hervé Gastinel, CEO of Groupe Beneteau, laid out some ambitious challenges in the years ahead for the world’s largest boatbuilder and emphasised the importance of continual investment, stating that the group has ploughed between €60m and €80m back into the business every year over the past decade. Because of this programme, 44% of Groupe Beneteau’s models are less than three years old; some 88 out of 200. Gastinel’s speech was followed by…

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PRESTIGE YACHTS Former Gulf Craft CEO Erwin Bamps has joined the Beneteau Group as CEO of Prestige Yachts, reporting to Jean-Paul Chapeleau, general manager of Jeanneau and Prestige. A Belgian national, Bamps joined Middle East boatbuilder Gulf Craft in 2002 in a consulting role before becoming COO and finally CEO. He left in mid-2018. SUNSEEKER Christian Marti has been appointed CEO of Sunseeker, replacing Phil Popham. Marti joins the UK builder from Aston Martin Lagonda, where he held the position of chief sales officer and vice president. Having worked within the automotive industry for over 25 years, he brings with him over 18 years of senior management experience across European and Asian markets. SEAKEEPER US-based marine stabilisation specialist Seakeeper has promoted vice president of finance Rebecca Smitha to chief financial officer. In her new role,…