VBH, the Dutch entertainment technology specialist has been implementing Crestron systems on board superyachts for nearly two decades. Having signed a framework agreement with the EMEA division of Crestron in 2018, VBH is now an official partner in Crestron’s marine division as a preferred supplier.

“Within VBH we have been building on strategic partnerships for the last few years. We wanted to get an understanding of what is driving our key suppliers, how their roadmaps look like but also share the demands, challenges and requirements we see in our market. By joining forces, we stand stronger. The partnership with Crestron is a great example of such a cooperation,” comments Irena van Klaveren, manager of purchasing and logistics at VBH.

“In addition to the framework agreement that was signed last year, Crestron has decided to focus even more on the marine industry, creating the opportunity to further develop our partnership on technical, commercial and service level. Jointly we will work on improving the designs on projects and regular R&D sessions between our companies should lead to innovations catering for the yachting market needs.”

Crestron has announced the appointment of Daniel Kerkhof to lead the new marine division. He will spearhead business development and the brand-new Crestron Marine Programme, which offers shipbuilders, superyacht specifiers and ETOs an increased level of support, according to VBH. Kerkhof has previously been involved in a number of VBH projects.

“There will be an extended warranty on all Crestron products and the aim is that advanced replacements for warranted products are delivered within 48 hours (almost) everywhere in the world. Apart from our own knowledgeable staff, who are trained on a regular basis, we will also have the back-up of our partners experienced engineers. This will enable us to keep our service level consistent and reliable anywhere in the world,” continues van Klaveren.

As superyacht owners and charterers continue to become ever more expectant and demanding of the technology they have on board their superyachts, partnerships, such as the one formed between Crestron and VBH may prove vital in ensuring that the quality of the product and service is up to scratch.

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