Three Italian megayacht shipyards are collectively promoting themselves under a common new name, Next Yacht Group, to reflect a focus on the future. Additionally, Next Yacht Group better aligns Maiora, AB Yachts, and CBI Navi with the parent company’s other luxury-lifestyle holdings.
All three shipyards belong to GB Invest Holding, an Austrian-based holding company. The firm has a variety of investments, including information technology, artificial intelligence, and luxury resort properties. Next Yacht Group will tap into some of that technological know-how. Specifically, CBI Navi will apply it for advances in steel construction. AB Yachts plans to incorporate improvements in high-speed cruising yachts, its focus. Maiora, meanwhile, will leverage comfort-oriented technology for its fiberglass cruisers. Additionally, overall some of the production facilities are undergoing renovations. And, although specifics aren’t available yet, new megayacht models are in development.
All of this is occurring under Next Yacht Group’s new CEO, Gennaro Candida De Matteo. He’s worked with a number of yacht builders, including Sanlorenzo. Azimut-Benetti, and CRN.
As mentioned, Next Yacht Group will further align with GB Invest Holding’s hotel properties. The holding company acquired the historic Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte in Viareggio last year, for example. It intends to pursue additional investments in the luxury-hospitality sector, too.
Look for Next Yacht Group to have a presence at next week’s Cannes Yachting Festival, as well as the Monaco Yacht Show later this month.
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