Benetti is in the midst of finalizing plans to give customers a full, extended warranty to cover key components of it yachts for as long as four or five years. During the recent International Superyacht Coatings Conference in Amsterdam, the Italian manufacturer announced that it is considering offering a warranty on paint, but also wanted the warranty to cover machinery and electronics. Benetti expects to reveal the program sometime during 2015.
Fabio Ermetto, Benetti CEO, indicated that his company is working to finalize the extent of the warranty program that is expected to cover many different aspects of yacht maintenance.
As the busiest superyacht builder in the world, evidenced by the number of deliveries in 2014, has seen an increase in work over the past few months with its announcement of contracts for delivery of two projects over 100 meters in length. Benetti is also demolishing one of its older buildings in Livorno with the intent to construct a larger shed in 2015 to contain the 100m-plus builds.
Although the shipbuilder is hiring additional project managers and personnel to handle the larger builds, Ermetto has indicated that Benetti does not intend to neglect is core operations of constructing yachts between 50m and 75m, but intends to add construction of larger 80m to 90m yachts every few years.
Benetti has dedicated special teams to the two 100m builds because of the increased complexity of these yachts an has drawn project managers from Italy as well as northern Europe who have experience in builds of this size. Ermetto has indicated that increasing the management and production teams has posed a challenge for the shipbuilder, but now that the teams are in place, the shipyard is comfortable with possibility that the projects will be delivered on time.
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