US, Fort Lauderdale. This month, composite deck specialist Esthec has announced that it will open a new office in Fort Lauderdale, which will act as the new base for the brand in America. The Fort Lauderdale office is Esthec’s fourth location globally, with the company already owning offices in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, The Netherlands, Livorno, Italy and Zurich, Switzerland. According to Marcel van der Spek, commercial director at Esthec, the expansion into Florida signals Esthec’s desire to address the growing demand for its products in Latin America and the US.

“We want to bring our operations closer to our American customers,” he explains. “And what could be a better place than here, in America's yachting capital on the Florida shore? The American yacht building industry is increasing again, so we are keeping a close eye on the latest technical innovations and trends. We have a designer and project manager working in our office in Fort Lauderdale with vast experience in the nautical world and a strong sense of design for both the nautical and residential industries.”

The water-front location of the office is well suited for a company that specialises in composite marine and terrace decking systems. Van der Speck reveals that clients will be able to feel the material themselves since the several modern VanDutch yachts moored in front of the office feature Esthec composite decking and the mooring platform is also fitted with Esthec Terrace.

According to the company, the opening of the American office has already resulted in a number of new contracts being signed, including one with Boston BoatWorks. “As Esthec fits into their concept perfectly, Boston BoatWorks decided to include Esthec decking as a standard feature on the MJM Yachts they build,” says Van der Speck. The American branches of Dutch brands VanDutch and Zeelander Yachts have also been working closely with Esthec for many years and with the US office communications will only get easier.

“A growing number of architects and designers in the US, Latin America and Canada have shown a keen interest in the technical and aesthetic possibilities that Esthec Terrace offers,” explains Van der Speck. The material is environmentally friendly, containing no PVC or wood and the Esthec team has already successfully completed projects in Miami, New York and the Virgin Islands, to name a few.

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