Italian windlass manufacturer predicting 20% growth in 2017
Windlass manufacturer Lofrans, acquired by Greek manufacturer and distributor Lalizas from the Navimo Group back in 2012, has seen a significant turn around in fortunes and is predicting a significant turnover increase of plus 20% for 2017 compared to last year. According to the company, the resurgence of the Italian boating sector has been a major boon for the Italy, Monza-based firm whose key clients include Ferretti Group and Sanlorenzo. The aftermarket has also seeing an upswing too as boaters look to spend on improving the spec of their boats. “We’ve succeeded in getting through the last four tough years,” a spokesman for the company told IBI, “but now, since the recovery of the Italian boatbuilding sector, we are in growth again and demand is growing rapidly.” Other markets also showing a strong resurgence are France, Germany and Croatia.
The firm has just launched its fully-customised Zeus windlass for the mega yacht market. With its high torque planetary gearbox it features a 42mm stud-link chain and has a maximum pull of 12,000kg. For smaller boats its Tigres, Cayman and X Series ranges remain bestsellers.
One of the men behind the development of those models was production manager Armando Mandelli, a marine industry veteran of 43 years who last month announced his retirement from the business. Described by Lofrans as “a true professional that has showed dedication and integrity towards the market,” Mandelli who for the last few years served as Lofrans' customer service manager, had been integral part of the reengineering team following Lofrans’ acquisition by Lalizas.
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