SU-O1.- The 53th Florida International Boat Show 2012, was storming, raining and full of surprises, Despite the threat by hurricane Sandy, exhibitors reported serious buyers, qualified leads and closed deals during the first two days; while the weekend attracted near record-breaking attendance.
“The number of boats in the water was up 10
percent, with new boats over 14 percent and brokerage up 4 percent. Boats under 80 feet were particularly strong, more 13 percent over 2011, as were brokerage; Yachts over 126 feet, which were 15 percent ahead of last year.” Said Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, CEO, producer and manager of the Show Management.
Also news were delivered by Owners and CEO’s for the prime yacht companies around the world such Ferretti Group, one of the leader largest firm in the Yacht Industry with 8 brands that cover all tastes of life style in the oceans.
Ferretti Group made public the new Corporate Structure after they reach in January 2012 terms & conditions with Shandong Heavy Industry Group- Weichai Group, from China to acquire a controlling interest in Ferretti after “Weichai Group” took Ferretti’s debt restructuring. Now during the FLIBS 2012, Ferruccio Rossi, gave his first press conference in America as newly appointed Chief Executive Officer.
The new organization has priority to keep individuality of the 8 brands with the product development, manufacturing and brand management teams in Italy preserving the ‘made in Italy’ tradition. However Latin American markets continue as the strong growing region for the Ferretti Group.
The Group is concentrated to intensifying in distribution infrastructure and developing new clients in key markets such as: Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama,Dominican Republic and Colombia while raising interest for luxury yachts in Peru, Uruguay, and Argentina.
“Our Americas market is coming off the strongest year to date with record sales for both Pershing and Custom Line and an unprecedented order book schedule for the 2012-2013 Nautical Year, the Group has significantly reinforced the strategic importance of its Americas organization and will continue to strengthen its presence in the west and east coast of North America along with growing its dealer presence in Latin America” stated Ferretti Group CEO.’s Ferruccio Rossi.
In the supporting position Norberto Ferretti becomes the Honorary Chairman, but not without making his contribution in the architectural design and supervise the quality during the creation of the traditional Ferretti Italian Brand.
As hard as it was to surrender the control of the larger Yacht firm with his 8 brands Mr. Ferretti is content to have the age and energy to enjoy his self-retirement in health and delight in the fruit of all this years of dedication to create a worldwide brand that represent his passion, innovation and excellence, luscious qualities and sophistication of the simply beautiful Italian Style of FERRETTI.
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