by Bob Wonders
UK manufacturer Sunseeker International is planning a major expansion of its headquarters and manufacturing facility at Portland, in south-west England.
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The company says the expansion has been made necessary to keep up with global demand of its state-of-the-art vessels, almost 100 percent of which are exported worldwide, including Australia.
A new 4200 square feet boat manufacturing plant planned will enable to the company to meet future demand.
The new Osprey Quay yard will provide sufficient space for the constriction of the full Sunseeker range, including the majestic 37.0-metre tri deck yacht unveiled at the London International Boat Show earlier in the year.
At present, about 100 are employed at Osprey Quay, but this will increase to more than 400 when the new facility comes on line.
The factory extensions will include new moulding and construction units and offices to replace existing facilities that are not large enough to accommodate the ship building process.
Robert Braithwaite, managing director and founder of Sunseeker International, said the new facilities would ensure the future success of the company.
“It’s also another step towards creating a centre of marine excellence in the region,” he added.
Sunseeker International is the world’s largest privately-owned boat builder of its type, currently producing a range of yachts from 10.3-metres (34’) to 39.5-metres (130’).
Perth-based Barbagallo Marine, trading as Sunseeker Australia, is the Australian importer of the Sunseeker marque, with authorised dealers in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and New Zealand.