Ocean Alexander to expand Taiwanese shipyard
Published: Thursday, 10 October 2013
Alexander Marine, the manufacturer of Ocean Alexander yachts, has announced the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Kaohsiung, in the south of Taiwan. The company has reported record-breaking sales in the summer of 2013, with nine new yachts sold in the period. The company reports that its sales have tended to the larger end of its range, which runs from 72 to 155 feet LOA, and that the expansion of the Taiwan facility will be to accommodate larger superyachts. Alexander Marine currently operates a yard in China, but the company has announced that this facility will be closed, so that key personnel can be consolidated to concentrate on the production of larger yachts in one yard.
"There’s been a very strong response to our designs in 90 and 112-foot range. Many of our owners stay with us as they move up in size and we want to continue to maintain our high standards for build quality, material integrity, and our renowned wood craftsmanship. We are able to fulfill that standard by expanding the Taiwan yard and bringing our highly skilled employees back into one location,” said Kevin Tseng, Executive Vice President of Alexander Marine, in a statement.
In an interview with Asia-Pacific Boating, conducted in February 2013, Johnny Chueh, President of Alexander Marine, hinted that the company would be letting go of the production of smaller yachts and would focus on larger superyachts. Alexander Marine now co-markets with Grand Banks in Australia, while Alexander Marine helps to market Grand Banks in China. The US and Australia have remained key markets for the Taiwan builder, founded over 35 years ago.