Select Group of Europe’s Most Revered Yacht Builders & Applicators Converge in Hamburg, Germany
The inaugural Alexseal Yacht Coatings Summit, held in Hamburg Germany July 3 – 4, brought together over 40 specialists from the yacht market for seminars, technical discussions and practical workshops showcasing the company’s product innovations. New product developments were presented during the two-day event, and attendees were given the opportunity to provide valuable feedback to Alexseal’s management and R&D teams. Conceived as part of a host of promotions celebrating the Alexseal brand’s 10th Anniversary, the Summit was deemed such a success that plans are already being made to make this an annual event.
The first day of the Summit included an introduction to Alexseal’s Germany-based parent company Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co., their 119-year history as a coatings innovator, and their quality management practices, as well as the history of Alexseal and the brand’s many milestones over the past decade. A paint manager from a Dutch superyacht shipyard was in attendance as a guest speaker and spoke about production quality at a superyacht shipyard and various coatings topics of great interest to everyone. The attendees also had the opportunity to preview a new prototype fairing compound developed for easy sanding, applicator friendliness and smooth application characteristics. To facilitate networking among the attendees and company representatives, the Summit agenda included a dinner cruise of the river Elbe touring Hamburg’s impressive container ship terminals and the city’s architectural highlights.
Day two encompassed discussions, origins and benefits of future technology from the newest trend in aviation BC/CC (Base Coat/Clear Coat). The participants were able to sample this innovative coating system that features excellent hiding power in all colors with fast-drying, perfect gloss stability, very high UV resistance and excellent high build properties.
In addition to the event proving productive and informative for all of the attendees, the Summit generated a vast amount of positive feedback praising the company’s friendly atmosphere, hands-on demonstrations, technical applications, and clear, concise and usable information. All who were involved in this year’s summit, including consultants, shipyard managers, and applicators, along with Alexseal and Mankiewicz staff and management, eagerly look forward to next year’s summit as Alexseal kicks off its second “Decade of Innovation”.