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news LETTER 2014 Taiwan

International Boat Show: Equipment and Accessories Foreign buyers looking to source high-quality products at affordable prices should not miss this year’s inaugural boat show in Kaohsiung

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TAIWAN INT’L BOAT SHOW  •  KAOHSIUNG 8–11 MAY 2014

Anticipation builds as Taiwan’s equipment firms prepare for centre stage as may fast approaches, Taiwan’s large cluster of marine equipment and accessories manufacturers are getting ready for the ‘must-see’ event of the season – Taiwan’s first-ever Boat Show in Kaohsiung

Man Ship Machinery & Hardware is a leading supplier of deck hatches Boatbuilders looking to source highquality marine equipment at affordable prices should not miss this year’s 1st Taiwan International Boat Show, which runs from May 8-11 in the southern port city of Kaohsiung. Local equipment and accessories firms will be out in force, hoping to strengthen ties with existing customers while forging new partnerships with overseas firms. According to Showboats International’s 2014 Global Order Book, Taiwan is now the sixth largest yacht-building nation worldwide – a position that is driving innovation in the field of related equipment and components. The small island nation is a manufacturing powerhouse with a long history of skilled workmanship, making this year’s show a ‘must-see’ event for the region. Of the nearly 200 exhibitors expected to take a booth at the newly built Kaohsiung Exhibition Centre in May, local marine equipment and accessories firms will feature heavily.

Man Ship Machinery & Hardware, for instance, will be displaying its latest stainless steel hatches and friction-hinged port lights, along with a stainless steel saloon door

The Taiwan government recently opened the sea region and modified yacht regulations so that we have more freedom and space to do business

and a new TV lift. Other confirmed exhibitors include Aritex, Asia’s largest yacht hardware and accessories manufacturer, Cantalupi Lighting importer Cantalupi Taiwan, and crankshaft specialist Yamamotor. Man Ship’s Ching Huang expects this year’s four-day event to help lay

Taiwan has long been a manufacturing powerhouse the foundations for future success. “We hope it becomes the biggest yacht festival in South East Asia,” he says, “as this would create valuable economic opportunities for everyone.” In addition to supplying OEM clients in Taiwan with marine chandlery, Man Ship also produces exclusive lines for several US firms. “The Taiwan government recently opened the sea region and modified yacht management regulations so that we have more freedom and space to do business,” Ching adds. “No doubt after this show, sales will boom quickly. Foreign buyers will be able to source high-quality products at a lower price, and Taiwanese sellers will be able to sell more products at the show. Surely that’s a good thing.”  

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Cantalupi Taiwan to dazzle visitors with new Daly range of downlights The Tainan-based importer and distributor for Cantalupi Lighting is bringing its latest range of Italian-designed marine lighting products to kaohsiung

Visitors to the 1st Taiwan International Boat Show in May can expect to be dazzled by the latest developments in marine lighting, courtesy of Tainan-based Cantalupi Taiwan. As the country’s sole importer and distributor for Cantalupi Lighting from Italy, Cantalupi Taiwan will be taking a large booth inside the Kaohsiung Exhibition Centre to display its new downlights, underwater lights and back-lighted panels to the visiting public. One of the highlights is Daly, a new series of eight downlights designed to create different ambiances throughout a yacht’s interior. Extremely versatile and multifunctional, the new LEDs

have a modern Italian design with clean lines and are available in round or square shapes, fixed or adjustable. The IP40-rated LEDs are made from chrome brass, with an anti-glare option and choice of CRI (color rendering index). Cantalupi produces standard and bespoke lights for over 300 luxury yacht-builders worldwide, producing everything in-house at its facility in Piano di Mommio, near Viareggio. Cantalupi Taiwan represents the brand in Taiwan and mainland China. 

Cantalupi Taiwan: fine Italian design

Yamamotor eyes inboard market Taiwan’s leading supplier of outboard engine spare parts is turning its attention to inboards following increased requests from clients

Yamamotor, Taiwan’s leading supplier of outboard motor spare parts, is turning its attention to the inboard market with plans to develop a new range of parts specifically designed for inboard motors. The plans are the result of repeated customer requests. “At this stage we have a flexible impeller, but we’re still working on it,” says company owner Ted Liao. “We plan to promote it in the near future, with commercial exposure very soon.” In the meantime, Yamamotor will be displaying its crankshafts, drive shafts, propellers, connecting rods, pistons and other marinerelated products at the 1st Taiwan International Boat Show in May. Yamamotor was founded in 1968 as a manufacturer of crankshafts for air compressors, lawnmowers,

Yamamotor is a crankshaft expert automobiles and other industries – mostly for export to the US. The company established its outboard motor parts department in 1993, focusing on professional outboard

crankshafts and other parts for transmission systems. The Taichungbased manufacturer now has over 2,000 items at its factory, which employs 36 people and turns over around US$7m annually. “We want to support Taiwan and show our strength to the end-user,” says Liao, adding that 60 per cent of Yamamotor’s output is exported. “Our main market is the Middle East and Africa, as well as South Africa,. They’ve all been performing great in recent years. At the moment we export to more than 30 agents in different countries worldwide.” To help cope with growing demand, Yamamotor works with over 40 local manufacturers to provide its products, with partners in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and China. 

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Aritex to display its stainless steel hardware and accessories in kaohsiung Aritex, Asia’s largest yacht hardware and accessories manufacturer, will be one of the most prominent exhibitors at this year’s Taiwan International Boat Show in Kaohsiung. The company will be taking a large booth to display its anchors, mooring posts, railings, steering wheels and other stainless steel products to potential new clients at home and abroad. Aritex has invested heavily in R&D over the years, with 20 specialists now working in the company’s R&D and design departments. The company, which is based in Kaohsiung, custom-builds products for some of the world’s top superyacht yards – among them, Lürssen, Nobiskrug, Feadship and Royal Huisman, as well as US yards Trinity, Palmer Johnson, Christensen and Derektor. Australia’s Riviera, Maritimo and Muir are also clients. Closer to home, Aritex is a major supplier of bespoke equipment

to Taiwanese shipyards such as Horizon, Ocean Alexander, Kha Shing and more. Around 300 people work at Aritex’s three plants in Daliau Village, Kaohsiung, where substantial sums have been invested in automated CNC equipment. 

Man Ship Machinery & Hardware in design engineering breakthrough After five years of research and development, Man Ship Machinery & Hardware will be displaying its new friction-hinged portlights at the 1st Taiwan International Boat Show in May. Unlike traditional hinges, Man Ship’s friction hinges allow users to open a hatch or portlight at any angle. With no need for a support or hook, the hinge takes up very little space and is easy to use. It is also aesthetically pleasing. Man Ship has been producing stainless steel hatches, portlights, boat windows, saloon doors and other yacht fittings from its Kaohsiung base since 1982. The company exports around 60 per cent of all output. “Generally speaking the US market has always been the best performing, and then Europe,” says Man Ship president Ali Huang. “Now, however, our European distributor is our main customer.” Huang says that growing demand

for product has led the company to invest around TWD$1,000m into a new factory in the Southern Star Luxury Yacht Building Park in Kaohsiung. “Our warehouse and factory have reached their limit due to increased business,” says Huang. “Therefore, we’re planning to get

a bigger factory and renew our equipment.” Man Ship will be displaying its new friction-hinged portlight at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Centre in May, along with the latest stainless steel hatches, a stainless steel saloon door and a new TV lift. 

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