The exceptional rise of Aquila energy catamarans continues with February’s world premiere of the brand new 30 – the Chinese shipyard’s smallest mannequin – earlier than the favored 36 makes its Asia premiere in April on the Singapore Yacht Show.
Sino Eagle Yachts has constructed Aquila powercats at a purpose-built facility in Hangzhou, southwest of Shanghai, since 2012 and proudly accomplished its 100th hull in 2017.
However, following speedy enlargement within the final two years, the shipyard now expects to construct over 90 items in simply 12 months (fiscal 12 months 2018-19) in accordance to Hong Kong-based Yvan Eymieu, Aquila’s International Sales and Distribution Manager since 2017.
Along with growing gross sales, Aquila has additionally notably expanded its attain exterior of the US, its core market, within the final 18 months.
In Aquila’s first 5 years of manufacturing, about 95 per cent of items have been offered to the US, the place the model is represented on the east coast by MarineMax – one of many world’s largest boat sellers – and on the west coast by Alexander Marine. The solely items not offered to the US have been to Singapore, Canada, France and Australia.
However, over the past two years, Aquila has more and more centered on a worldwide distribution coverage that included Eymieu’s appointment to oversee all markets exterior of the US – even together with Mexico, south of the border.
The announcement of Simpson Marine as its seller in Greater China and far of Southeast Asia in early 2018 was an announcement of intent, whereas Yacht World was appointed for Korea on the finish of the 12 months.
While Multihull Central (Australia) has represented Aquila since 2014, new sellers around the globe embrace Master Yachting (central Europe), Yacht Cancun (Mexico) and extra just lately Tez Marine (Turkey) and Estupenda (Spain).
Aquila additionally elevated its presence at main exhibits exterior of the USA, exhibiting in Brisbane, Sanctuary Cove and Sydney in Australia, Phuket and Singapore in Asia, and Cannes, Genoa, Barcelona and Zagreb in Europe.
The enlargement coverage appears to be like to be working as Eymieu and his rising community of sellers assist make Aquila an more and more world model.
“During the first five years, markets outside the US accounted for less than five per cent of Aquila sales. However, in the fiscal year 2017-18, this new international distribution network accounted for around 25 per cent of sales worldwide,” stated Eymieu.
“This was even while the US market kept increasing. In 2017-18, we nearly doubled our annual production.”
Further progress is anticipated following the latest appointment of multihull specialist Anna Nowotarska as Europe Sales Manager. Nowotarska has over a decade of expertise within the yacht trade as a gross sales supervisor and dealer, most notably with Polish catamaran builder Sunreef.
“With her extensive experience and relationships, Anna will make a wonderful addition to our team and take our sales in Europe to the next level,” stated Eymieu, who’s additionally trying to broaden the model’s presence in South America this 12 months.
Eymieu expects Aquila to return to a lot of the exhibits it took half in final 12 months and likewise make appearances on the Eurasia Boat Show in Turkey, International Multihull Boat Show at La Grande Motte and the Palma International Boat Show within the coming months.
The present vary includes the 30, the fast-selling 36 unveiled in Miami final 12 months, the favored 44 – one featured at January’s Thailand Yacht Show and RendezVous – and the flagship 48.
The 36 set to show at Singapore in April has been offered into Phuket and is among the newest hulls in a sequence that has already offered effectively over 60 items, though the 44 – unveiled at Miami in 2014 – stays Aquila’s greatest vendor, with nearly 90 items. Now, all eyes are on the yard’s smallest powercat and what’s coming subsequent.
“We’ve already received several deposits for the 30 and we’ve also got a new 36 Excursions taxi/patrol boat in production, with several hulls ordered,” Eymieu stated. “But there are more new models to come this year.”
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