US boat manufacturer Willard Marine supply the US Marine Corp, US Coast Guard and US Navy. Willard also own the exclusive rights to manufacture the commercial vessels of SeaArk Marine and Crystaliner.
Willard Marine has a wide range of military-grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and has significant expertise in designing and manufacturing aluminium and composite hulls. Its brands include Willard, SeaArk and Crystaliner.
With a reputation for high-calibre quality-engineering and manufacturing processes combined with an exceptional attention to detail, it proudly states that no client has ever reported a hull-failure since the company was founded in 1957. Quality is evident at every manufacturing stage, from orderly electrical wiring to the strategic placement of scupper holes.
Willard Marine offers a comprehensive warranty and stands behind its products and workmanship to ensure customers enjoy many decades of safe, reliable performance and low-cost maintenance, even under challenging conditions.
Its headquarters are at Anaheim, California, and the company has an additional facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia. To date, Willard Marine has sold more than 2000 boats, including large orders for the United States Navy, US Army, and US Coast Guard.
FMS holds a 70% stake in S.A.S. Sillinger. The company was founded in France over 50 years ago and has an established brand, the success of which has come from meeting the demanding needs of the intervention and security markets.
Performance, safety and reliability are the fundamental characteristics of its craft, which include the Sillinger Rafale® range developed specifically for professional and military forces working under extreme conditions.
Named for its founder Tibor Sillinger, Sillinger has been a specialist in foldable and semi-rigid inflatable boats for military and professional use since 1962.
Sillinger has continually innovated and implemented a methodology with tough controls at each production level, thanks to a highly-qualified workforce. A team of technicians supervises each order to ensure high-quality production in accordance with each customer’s specific needs.
For 50 years, Sillinger has upheld these values in the marketplace and can be proud of being the main partner of international intervention and security forces.
In 2017, Sillinger entered into a major agreement with the Egyptian government for the manufacture and supply of 1200 Rafale® craft. These are to be built under licence in Egypt.
Sealegs International is the worlds largest manufacturer of amphibious craft. Its has delivered more than 1250 craft to customers in more than 50 countries.
Sealegs is the pioneer of a new and rapidly growing sector in the marine industry – amphibious boats.
Sealegs developed and patented a system to drive boats in and out of the water. The amphibious system consists of motorised, retractable and steerable wheels which are fitted to specially designed boats to give users a fully integrated, turn-key package.
A Sealegs boat can be driven from a storage location, down a boat ramp or beach and into the water - all with the occupants staying in the boat and remaining completely dry! Once in the water, the Sealegs wheels are easily retracted into the “UP” position and are completely out of the water. The boat is then driven and used as normal. When approaching land, the Sealegs wheels are lowered into the “DOWN” position whilst still moving in the water. Its customers are predominantly leisure based but also include emergency response, coastguard and flood rescue market.
Today the company has an annual turnover of about NZ$25 million and is backed by a dedicated team based at its Auckland facility.
The eyes of the world soon will be back on New Zealand and its marine industry during the lead-up to Auckland hosting the America’s Cup in 2021. This is a prime opportunity to showcase Sealegs’ distinctive products and innovations.