March 31, 2007

Monthly News - March 2007

- Picture of the Month - Ferretti Group Convergence 

Bertram Yachts selected as Manufecterer of the year for 2006 by SFMA

Leading Miami-based manufacturer of sport-fishing yachts for over 45 years, Bertram Yacht, has been selected by the South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA) as the 2006 Manufacturer of the Year.The prestigious award was presented to Bertram at the 28th Annual SFMA Recognition of Excellence Banquet, attended by over 300 leading South Florida manufacturers & local media. The Manufacturer of the Year is selected from the 160 member companies of the SFMA. The selection was made by a 13 member selection committee who visited Bertram along with other candidates and selected Bertram based on the following criteria: 1) Company growth, 2) Commitment to employees, 3) Commitment to Quality, 4) Commitment to Community, 5) Continuous Improvements in Manufacturing and 6) Product Innovations.The committee particularly noted Bertram’s tripling of revenues and doubling of it’s workforce since 2003, continuing improvements in quality, overall plant improvements in the facility via 5S programs and significant employee training programs.The SFMA also recognizes Bertram’s employees for their accomplishments in 2006, as Jonathan Gutierrez, Lamination Supervisor, was chosen as an SFMA Employee of the Year Finalist in the Production category.

Grand Banks Recognized Industry Excellence by Malaysian Trade Authority

Winning the 2006 Export Excellence Award for ongoing contributions to export economy, Grand Banks Yachts received the Award yesterday, recognized by the Ministry of International Trade & Industry in Malaysia for its ongoing success and performance in export sales.The award was presented in Kuala Lumpur by Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, part of the 2006 Industry Excellence Awards honoring Malaysian manufacturers and exporters for their business excellence and quality achievement. Grand Banks is proud of the important contribution this factory has made to export excellence, and to the overall boating industry. With more than 120,000 square feet of floor space on over 20 acres of land, it is the largest of Grand Banks' two factories - and where every Grand Banks yacht begins production. Even boats that complete assembly at Grand Banks Singapore start construction in Malaysia, where all hulls, deckhouses and large components are manufactured under the highest standards of quality control. The Malaysia factory is also home to many of the boat building industry's top experts in design, engineering, production and quality assurance. Together, along with nearly one thousand employees, they create boats that will last for generations - and play a vital role in the worldwide success and lasting reputation of Grand Banks Yachts.

Vision Yachts Horizon Group reporting full capacity for 2007

In the first quarter of 2007, Vision Yachts, a member of the Horizon Group dedicated to building Horizon and Vision series yachts from 50' - 70', has broken its production record since its establishment in 2001. Six years of continuous effort have resulted in a growing facility and accumulated customer orders. In the third month after moving to the current new facility, President, Austin Lin, proudly announced during the 6th anniversary party that Vision has reached full productivity for 2007, and will soon begin to tackle 2008. Over 200 guests joined to celebrate Vision Yachts’ 6th Anniversary and Grand Opening Party for the new facility. The party ended with an amazing and acrobatic lion dance as a traditional symbol to bring lasting luck and fortune to Vision Yachts.

Sunseeker agrees expansion plans at Osprey Quay, Portland UK

Sunseeker International Limited has agreed outline terms with US-based Luhrs Marine for the purchase of its Legend Yacht manufacturing facilities at Osprey Quay, Portland on the UK’s South Coast. The site will be acquired to accommodate Sunseeker International’s planned expansion with a licence to use the facilities immediately, and production starting as soon as the purchase is complete. With demand for Sunseeker motoryachts growing year on year, specifically for the larger models, the need for more waterside production space has been an important issue for Sunseeker. With further investments being made at the company’s shipyard headquarters in Poole these new facilities will allow Sunseeker to meet future demand. Sunseeker is expecting production to be underway in May this year and is planning to employ up to 500 skilled staff at the 11.5 acre site over the next four years. Luhrs Marine will be remaining in the UK with a European headquarters for sales and customer service.

Ferretti Group Convergence Fourth edition

After the success of the previous three editions, Convergence, the theoretical and practical training programme for captains for all Ferretti Group boats up to 24 metres, entered its fourth edition.The master programme, which took place in Naples, saw over 100 captains from all over the world taking part. The programme included meetings and discussion sessions in the classroom aimed at in-depth examination of the principles and issues regarding the everyday handling of motoryachts by way of workshops, technical lectures by experts of on-board components and systems, and practical manoeuvres.Among the various activities the captains took part in, there was one where they had to design an ideal helm station; a team of judges, led by Andrea Frabetti, head of Advanced Yacht Technology department, and who also coordinated all the technical events over the three-day programme, chose the best project.The whole event was, as usual, the stage of a worthwhile exchange of ideas and discussion between the participants, all captains who were given the chance to meet together, discuss their experiences and examine the many complex aspects bound to the everyday handling of luxury motoryachts.


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