The NSW Government has announced an initiative to re-establish the boat -building sector in Australia with the appointment of JPK Pacific to commence manufacturing of the globally successful JPK yacht brand in regional NSW.
Innovation Composites of Nowra in the Shoalhaven region has been appointed as the boat builder. Mark Rowed of Innovation Composites said “ I thank the Department of Regional NSW for their decision, as this is a real boost to our business, jobs in the Shoalhaven region and the boating sector in general. Our made in Australia product is price competitive and our years of experience ensures the versatile JPK yacht is a quality product able to compete globally”
JPK Pacific have the exclusive license to manufacture and market the successful French brand in the Asia / Pacific region.
Mattijs Willenborg of JPK Pacific said “The decision by the NSW Government to appoint our company is very significant as JPK yachts will be the only production yacht ‘Made in Australia’ and offer Australian yachtsmen the opportunity to sail a locally made, globally successful leading edge yacht with a proven track record earned in the competitive European and UK yachting circuits.”
JPK Pacific said “ We have applied the successful French technique and technologies and proved that manufacturing in Australia can be competitive in the global marketplace. The production of JPK yachts in Australia now delivers suppliers to the boating sector expanded market opportunity.
JPK Pacific has decided the versatile JPK 10.80 will be the first model on the production line. The 10.80’s have won the Fastnet and Middle Sea races as well as a 2nd overall in the Sydney to Hobart. “This model is very versatile as either a short handed or crewed racer and backs up to take the family out on a weekend cruise allowing everyone to get a turn on this easy to sail yacht”
With manufacturing based locally there are many benefits in selecting a JPK 10.80 with its affordable price tag and local delivery allowing buyers to view the process along the production line rather than having to wait for the finished product to arrive on the shores.
Willenborg said “ Securing Department of Regional NSW support was an onerous task as the due diligence process was extensive, however at the end of the day both JPK Pacific and Innovation Composites met the comprehensive Government criteria and we are very appreciative of the NSW Government supporting the return of manufacturing in Australia. With investors now looking to grow our company the government support is most welcome”
To support Australian Made yachting contact: www.jpkpacific.com.