April 1, 2015

blogger - UCINA Again

It is sad to see the Italian association of boat builders at it again, with some important names leaving the union in what is told as a clash of the titans.  It is a pity that in this period of crisis the Italian national nautical industry main players continue to clash, where in these times it might be important doing the opposite, to form more group and make team work a high priority.
The new President of UCINA, Carla Demaria has a handful work in its hands. It's election was not praised by important names, these include Ferretti Group, Azimut-Benetti Group, Baia, and Gavio Holding; owners of Baglietto, Cerri, and currently in an acquisition promise on US Bertram.   
2014 showed a shy plus sign of 2014 of +1% in the national Italian market, after years of decline. The main critic against Demaria seem to be that she is still a representative of Beneteau Group the French gigantic boat builder owner of handful brands, this including the Montecarlo Yachts brand; presided by Demaria but operated, manufactures its yachts in Italy, and employing three hundred plus of personnel in the hangars in Monfalcone.   
It will be interesting what will be the next UCINA move. Can you do a boat show with such important names not being part of the package of Genoa. Most of the medium small sized builders today have other problems to think, that is to survive themselves, rather then helping UCINA out of its crisis. In reality they are right UCINA is there to help them, not to create another problem to the list.