30 Oct 2014
Benetti expands its plans
The night before the opening of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Italian yacht builders Benetti threw a champagne reception for friends to officially open the company's new showroom in Fort Lauderdale.
Among those in attendance were Ferruccio Luppi, CEO of Azimut Benetti Group, Vincenzo Poerio, CEO of Benetti, Fabio Ermetto, COO of Benetti and Nicola Nicolai, product management department manager of the company's Viareggio shipyard.
"We have a lot of work going on at our two yards, in Viareggio and Livorno; we have 40 yachts in build at the moment," said Ermetto.
"While the economic troubles have really hurt a lot of Italian builders, we have found that clients continue to be happy with the size, financial strength and quality of Benetti," said Poerio.
The yard recently announced two orders for yachts over 100m, significantly larger than anything the yard has built before. But Ermetto was bullish about the yard's experience and capability. "We have 10 yachts over 50m in build at the moment, so in terms of managing the complexity, volume and expectations of our clients, we are very confident," he said.
Nicolai confirmed that the Livorno yard will expand to include two further 140m build halls to accommodate the projects. He also confirmed that the yard is set to deliver its largest yacht yet, a 92m by 2016.
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