We are back at METS – Marine Equipment Trade Show (Amsterdam, RAI, 16-18 November 2021) after the forced break last year, it comes at a time of strong development in the world of boating.
We are back at METS with fresh momentum: a year of sustained growth is coming to a close, with a bright outlook ahead
We will be in our traditional location within the Italian collective (stand 01.761).
The world’s largest B2B trade fair of marine equipment and accessories is truly taking place at the end of a very favourable year for the Company’s business: between January and October, Guidi’s turnover has increased by over 20% against the same time period in 2019 (the last year before the pandemic), a percentage that more than doubles when data are compared with 2020 figures. Current indicators for the two remaining months of 2021 are also confirming an upward trend.
The Italian company, based in the Valsesia area, in Northern Italy, can rely on a well-balanced order book, with Italian and foreign markets almost equally represented. Achieving such outstanding results was possible, among other things, thanks to readily available raw materials, semi-finished and finished products, which, in turn, resulted from an efficient management of the warehouse, production process, and supply system.
Guidi’s was therefore able to ensure on-time deliveries – a key aspect on a market where a number of shipyards struggle to keep pace with incoming orders and the construction process often ends up being extended.
Guidi’s proven reliability allows to comfortably plan ahead: with extension works under way at the Grignasco (Novara) site, the Company is also getting ready to expand its presence to new markets, widening its product range in order to increasingly meet the needs of boat builders, particularly high-end ones, while also keeping sustainability at the very heart of the business.
One of 2021’s new highlights was the sponsorship of Andrea Fantini’s and Charles-Louis Mourruau’s Class40 “FRA 156 Guidi”. The two skippers are currently taking part in the Transat Jacques Vabre ocean regatta, which kicked off on Sunday 7 November from Le Havre and is the peak event in a very busy racing season that also saw the boat participating in the Les Sables/Horta/Les Sables and the Rolex Fastnet Race.
The decision to be actively involved in sailing has so far proven rewarding for Guidi, who is now considering new opportunities in this sector, also in light of the successful partnership with Fantini and his endorsement of the brand. Even the stand at METS will revolve around the Class40 FRA 156, featuring spectacular pictures of the boat’s performances.
The cooperation with the skipper from Ferrara goes hand in hand with Guidi’s support to the race=care project undertaken by the solidarity sailing team including doctors from Medici con l’Africa-CUAMM (University College of Aspiring Missionary Doctors) of Padua, an organisation serving in Sub-Saharan countries.