Superyacht builder Heesen expands its interior workshop

Mike Stones
By Mike Stones July 29, 2019 16:38

Superyacht builder Heesen expands its interior workshop

Heesen’s investment in new production space reflects growing demand for luxury yachts.

Dutch superyacht builder Heesen Yachts has expanded its interior workshop at Winterswijk in central eastern Holland, in response to growing demand for luxury yachts.

The builder has added 2,240 sq m of new production space, which brings the total production area to 8,100 sq m. The office space has also been increased – by 332 sq m to reach almost 1,000 sq m. The total workforce will increase to 130 with the recruitment of 30 new artisans.

In a statement, the company said: “The expansion of both the facilities and workforce comes in direct response to the increase in size and volume of the yachts being built by Heesen today. In turn, the level of sophistication and expertise required to produce interiors on this level means more space, more equipment, and more artisans.”

’Increase in size and volume of yachts’

Located just over an hour’s drive from Oss in the province of North Brabant, the facility was acquired in 2000, under the name Oortgiese. Established in 1940, Heesen Interiors has designed award-winning interior furniture exclusively for Heesen Yachts since 1974.

Henry Schreur, Heesen Interiors managing director, said: “We look forward to the official opening of the new workspace in September and are ready, more than ever, to continue the tradition of building precious interiors to the highest Dutch quality standards.”

Luxury yacht interiors

Heesen claimed to be one of the few shipbuilders to operate an entire in-house department of specialists equipped with the skills and experience to craft luxury yacht interiors. Key positions were said to be: cabinet-makers, upholsterers, joiners, French polishers, painters, computer numeric controlled machinery operators, draftsmen, project managers, engineers.

The acquisition and training of young talent played a key role in delivering award-winning designs. “Building luxury interior is about handling precious, sometimes irreplaceable materials, and managing a team of highly talented craftsmen,” said the company.

Meanwhile, earlier this month Heesen announced the delivery of the 56m superyacht Galvas.

Heesen plans to recruit 30 new craftspeople to boost total staff numbers to 130, alongside an increase in new production space to total 8,100 sq m.

Mike Stones
By Mike Stones July 29, 2019 16:38

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