In the ongoing debacle concerning breakaway members of UCINA, the national body representing Italy’s marine manufacturers, a new association known as Nautica Italiana has been established following a meeting among key players in Milan, Italy, on September 1.

Comprising founding members such as CRN’s Lamberto Tacoli as chairman and vice-chairpersons Luigi Alberto Amico, Cataldo Aprea, Fabio Boschi and Azimut-Benetti’s Giovanna Vitelli, the new association aims to bring together leading firms in the marine sector to draw up a strategy for the development of the industry and to foster growth both in Italy and abroad.

This will be achieved by reaffirming the nautical industry’s credibility and reliability through the adoption of a Charter of Values to encourage exports; supporting the presence of its members at the most important international industry events; and developing a system to monitor the boatbuilding industry’s performance.

Although independent, the association is affiliated with Fondazione Altagamma, which serves as a partner in creating synergies with other high-end industries in the fashion, design, food, hotel, jewellery and automotive sectors. “Eleven of the Nautica Italiana companies have also become members of Fondazione Altagamma,” says the Foundation’s chairman, Andrea Lilly. “The first objective is to support exports, vital for an industry that exports 90 per cent of its production and worth 2.5 billion euros in 2014 while the domestic market is still recovering. The strategy must also include dialogue with various institutions, especially the government, and collaboration with UCINA.”

Current members of Nautica Italiana include the following brands: Amico & Co, Apreamare, Arcadia Yachts, Azimut, Baglietto, Baia, Benetti, Cantieri di Sarnico, Cantieri del Mediterraneo, Cerri, CRN, Ferretti, Giacomo Colombo, Itama, Lusben, Maltese, Marina di Varazze, Mase Generators, Mochi, Perini Navi, Pershing, Picchiotti, Riva, and Salpa.

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