Azimut exports Brazilian-made yachts to UAE
19 de outubro de 2017
São Paulo – Italian boatbuilder Azimut Yachts’ only overseas manufacturing plant was built in 2010 in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, spanning 20,000 sqm and employing a 300-plus strong staff. It makes eight different boat models ranging from 40 ft to 95 ft, with an output of roughly 40 high-end units each year.
Models made in Brazil include the Verve 40, two units of which were sold to the United Arab Emirates over the last few months. “It’s a daring, exclusive model that combines sports performance and the comfort and sophistication that are in the DNA of Azimut Yachts,” said Azimut CEO for Brazil Davide Breviglieri.
The boat features three outboard motors 350 horsepower each, which propel it to speeds higher than 40 knots (nearly 75 km/h). It features an open stern cockpit with coverage that enables sailing in any weather. The bow cockpit features two Italian leather-padded ergonomic seats. The yacht includes a bow lounge and a gourmet area on the stern. Inside, there’s a kitchen, a dining area, a bathroom and one cabin.
Italy’s Azimut-Benetti group is the world’s biggest luxury yacht builder and has been on the market for almost 50 years. The UAE, a long-time purchaser, is now buying units made in Brazil. “These are customers who are always seeking new products, as well as technology, quality, performance and comfort,” said Breviglieri.
The company was established by Paolo Vitelli in 1969 in Avigliana, Italy. It has five plants in Italy besides the one in Brazil. The group is active in 68 countries, with a sales network of 138 offices.
Azimut sells throughout the Arab world from its UAE office. It provides several models, mostly shipped out from its plants in Italy due to logistical reasons. The company’s market share in the Middle East and Africa increased by approximately 12% in 2016.
*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum