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International Boat Industry January 2020

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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uncertainty was creating the biggest drag... we need stability to prosper

“The industry has plenty of other issues much closer to home that need urgent attention... we need politics to take a back seat” So it appears the UK’s political deadlock, that had led to a severe case of Brexit fatigue, sapping consumer confidence, has now been broken. On the day IBI went to press, the UK went to the polls and confirmed a landslide victory for Boris Johnson and the Conservative party. Johnson and his party’s cut through message of ‘getting Brexit done’ appears to have resonated with a voting public weary of all the political wrangling. The question is, what impact could it have on the UK leisure marine sector? Leave or remain, left or right of the political spectrum – what is born out from our annual UK market…

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sanlorenzo flotation

ITALY | Italian yachtbuilder Sanlorenzo has confirmed its public flotation would proceed at €16 per share, with trading scheduled to begin in early December. Sanlorenzo reiterated a “successful conclusion” of the Offer Period for up to 35% of the company’s ordinary shares with a resulting capitalisation of €552m, including a €72m increase of capital. That would mean executive chairman Massimo Perotti remains majority shareholder with control of approximately 60% of the Group’s shares via Holding Happy Life Srl. According to a company statement, the offering enjoyed strong interest among investors, with approximately two-thirds of demand coming from international investors and a third from Italian investors. Proceeds from the capital increase are earmarked to cover financial debt, as well as to foster and accelerate the company’s future growth and to seize market opportunities. Perotti bought…

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hamburg boat show discontinued

GERMANY | The Hamburg Boat Show, successor of hanseboot Hamburg which was discontinued two years ago, will no longer be held due to ”economic reasons”, the organiser DBSV, the German Boat and Shipbuilder Association, has stated. DBSV president Torsten Conradi announced the end of the Hamburg show in a press release. Since 2018, the trade organisation had organised the show itself after the city of Hamburg stopped organising the show after 56 years. The new Hamburg Boat Show was held in a well-known place, in the same exhibition halls, but over a much smaller area than its predecessor. “After two events, which were very positive for the majority of our exhibitors and visitors, we now have to announce with a heavy heart that for economic reasons there can unfortunately be no more…

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beneteau group makes two senior appointments

FRANCE | Jean-Paul Chapeleau, general manager for Jeanneau and Prestige and adviser to Beneteau CEO Jérôme de Metz, has been put forward to the Beneteau Board of Directors for the role of Deputy CEO, effective immediately, with responsibility for Industrial Studies, Purchasing and Product Development. “Taking our current challenges into account, I am pleased to propose the appointment of Jean-Paul Chapeleau to support the group over the next three years with the implementation of its new strategic pillars,” said De Metz. Christophe Caudrelier, Deputy CEO in charge of Operational Excellence, will work closely with Chapeleau, particularly focusing on the company’s manufacturing footprint to determine the location and capacity of production for Beneteau’s boat portfolio, approving related investments, and aligning new product development with industrial resources. At the same time, Beneteau also announced that…

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oyster yachts in major recruitment drive

UK | UK boatbuilder Oyster Yachts has announced it is hiring 150 new employees in a bid to keep up with global demand. According to a local news source, the Norfolk-based company is looking to up its headcount to more than 420 people by February 2020 across a range of roles. These include laminators, boatbuilders, joiners, electricians and engineers. The roles will be hired across the UK builder’s sites in both Wroxham and Ashmanhaugh, as well as further afield in Southampton. Oyster owner and CEO Richard Hadida told a local news source: “This represents a hugely exciting time for Oyster. It is wonderful to see the brand returned to its former glory, with a full order book and a dedicated team of people in Wroxham, Southampton and Ashmanhaugh building beautiful sailing yachts,…

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IMCI Vanessa Davidson, executive head of the South African Boat Building Export Council, has been elected chair of the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI). She succeeds Jürgen Tracht, managing director of BVWW in Germany. AIMEX Jeremy Spear has replaced Richard Chapman as president of AIMEX, the Australian International Marine Export Group. Spear has been involved in marine design for over 30 years. He started designing marine interiors for private yachts in 1988 and formed Spear Green Design (SGD) in 1991. FINNBOAT Finnboat, the Finish marine industries federation, has elected Kim Koskinen, country manager of Vetus Oy, as chairman. Koskinen has worked in the boating industry since 2002, starting at Vator Oy before changing to Vetus Oy in 2009. MASTERCRAFT The board of directors for MasterCraft Boat Holdings Inc have named interim chief executive officer Frederick Brightbill as…