The state of Italy’s yachting industry, along with the future of the marine trade group UCINA, remains in flux. Three of the 10 yacht manufacturers who have renounced membership in the organization recently met in Rome to discuss establishing a new association that better suits their interest.
Paolo Vitelli of Azimut-Benetti, Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi and the industrialist Beniamino Gavio owner of Baglietto, Cerri and Bertram brands met with Alberto Amico of the refit shipyard Amico & Co to discuss the issue and determine which other manufacturers would be willing to join them. Although the four brands specialize in constructing yachts over 24 meters, the representatives at the meeting indicated they did not intend to exclude smaller builders and suppliers who make up the majority of UCINA members.
In late March, 10 Italian compnies renounced UCINA membership, indicating that they did not share the association’s philosophy or felt represented by it. Other manufacturers that have disconnected from UCINA include Apreamare, Arcadia Yachts, Baia, CRN, Maltese Spa, Marina di Varazze, Mase Generators and Salpa.
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