Review 2017

The new director of the boat, Petros Michelidakis, radiated all over his face. After the question from BOOTE EXCLUSIV chief editor Marcus Krall, whether he was glad that the German Superyacht Conference (GSC) now takes place in Düsseldorf takes place: "Naturally. This further strengthens the superyacht area on the boot. Especially for this segment, I see great potential at our fair in the coming years. "The fact that the boat is also involved as a GSC supporter is almost obvious; The event was made possible by the sponsors Wolz Nautik, Pantaenius and for the first time Tai Ping.

About 120 guests had registered for six lectures and a subsequent networking at the Intercontinental hotel on the famous Königsallee.

As the first speaker, Martin Bremer, who is responsible for corporate design and design strategy at Daimler AG, started his career. A bit overpriced, because the flu was weakened, the brandprofil explained the design code of Mercedes - "Sensual Purity" - and then turned the curve from the automotive to the yacht design. Finally this summer, the Arrow460-Granturismo, a Daycruiser, the Silver Arrows Marine and Mercedes-Benz Style coined. "We are currently developing various concepts for modern luxury", says Bremer. The design transfer is now also used for jets or real estate. The study of a 300-meter-plus-yacht, shown as a conclusion, is still a far-off vision ...

That the next speaker of replacement moderator Marcus Krall (Michael Antwerpes was canceled due to illness) as an entertainer was not an exaggeration. Alberto Galassi, CEO of the Ferretti Group, explained why, in the coming year, he really needed 50% more exhibition space in Hall 6 and how he had turned the shipyard conglomerate within a "deficit" to "profitable". "The biggest enemy of restructuring," the eloquent Italian gave the listeners, "is the sentence: We have always done that."

Galassi was able to listen to one of his worst competitors. Antony Sheriff, CEO of Princess Yachts, gave a very detailed presentation of the opportunities and risks of Brexit and drew a not so gloomy picture, especially for his company.

Dr. Jens Ludmann, formerly Bavaria-Yachts CEO and now CEO of FEV Europe, opened the GSC afternoon. Having been equipped with yachting and automotive experience, Ludmann sketched possible approaches for alternative drives and new production techniques, in short, what shipyards can look out for car manufacturers.

Marnix Hoekstra and Bart Bouwhuis, creative directors of Vripack, also urged fresh ideas to stand out from the competition. Supported by Virtual Reality was their extremely entertaining lecture "Thinking out of the box".

Prof. Dr. Christoph Siegelmann spoke about the guarantee and warranty.