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Americans and Chinese on a study visit of the yacht sector

Wyślij Print Pobierz added: Anna Woińska | 2019-09-02 15:10:00
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On 18-20 July 2019, representatives of the yacht industry from the USA and China visited Gdynia. The purpose of the study visit was to present the Polish boat and yacht sector. The mission was organized by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency.

Wizyta studyjna

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Yachts and boats manufactured in Poland are highly appreciated all over the world, mainly due to their very high quality and innovative designs. These features are often appreciated at the most important world competitions and fairs, where yachts from Polish shipyards regularly receive awards and distinctions. More and more buyers of luxury goods,not only from Europe anymore, but also from all around the world,appreciate Polish products. Export of Polish watercrafts is gradually growing.

 

Study visit

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The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) - with the support of the Polish Chamber of Yacht Industry and Water Sports, POLBAOT - organized a study visit for journalists and entrepreneurs from the USA and China. These two countries are particularly important for the Polish yacht industry: the USA is one of the largest recipients of Polish yachts, and the production of many well-known American brands is also carried out in Poland. The Chinese market is still an untapped one for Polish yacht entrepreneurs and has huge import potential. In 2018, a similar visit took place for guests from the UAE and Russia.

 

Study visit

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Among this year's guests of the study visit were representatives of the most important Asian and American yacht press titles, environmental opinion leaders, as well as business representatives. The purpose of the visit was to show the foreign guests Poland’s potential for small ship production and to help them establish business relations. Over the course of three days, the guests were immersed in the Polish yacht sector ecosystem; the knowledge they gained was both theoretical and practical.

 

Study visit

Study visit

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On the first day, the guests took part in boat tests. There were almost 20 units to choose from, both sailing and motor boats, professional boats, expedition boats, family boats, fishing boats, as well as classic boats - wooden and prototypes. The hull lengths of the vessels ranged from 2.5 m to over 26 m. Such a large selection of vessels was aimed at presenting the entire spectrum of Polish production capabilities. The guests also took part in the official opening of the Wind and Water Fair. While the mission participants tested the various units, PAIH experts conducted a training session on intercultural business differences for Polish entrepreneurs. Awareness of business and cultural realities is often key to ensuring a successful transaction, especially in interactions with contractors from culturally distant areas. In the evening the first business talks with Polish entrepreneurs took place, as well as a business dinner during which the competition nominations were announced.

 

Study visit

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The second day of the visit began with the presentations of various shipyards - Galeon, Sunreef Yachts, Conrad Shipyard and Sail Service. The guests were particularly impressed by a cruise on an 80 feet Sunreef sailing catamaran, preceded by a private meeting with Lech Wałęsa. Among other things, the former president answered questions on why Poland is now such an important yacht manufacturer in the international arena. Later that day, the guests from the United States and China were welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Shipbuilding at the Gdansk University of Technology, Professor Janusz Kozak, who, together with his colleagues, made a presentation and showed the guests around the R&D center of the department. The second day concluded with a visit to the Gdańsk Old Town.

 

Study visit

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The third day began with more vessel tests, as well as meetings with some extraordinary figures of the sailing world, including Captain Joanna Pajkowska - the first Polish woman to sail around the world alone on a sailing yacht without stopping at port. Afterwards a conference for Polish journalists was held, during which the strength of the Polish yacht sector, promotional mechanisms for the yacht industry and the offer of support for Polish entrepreneurs by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency was presented. The official closing of the mission took place on the museum tall ship "Dar Pomorza".

 

Study visit

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The program of this year's study visit for journalists and entrepreneurs from the USA and China was designed to present the potential of the Polish yachting and boatbuilding industry in the broadest way possible, and to explain the historical context - why Poland is such an important producer of yachts and boats. Modern shipyards, experienced management staff and employees, scientific background and support from the government agency are the most important and resilient reasons - all creating a cohesive ecosystem that has made a great impression on our foreign guests. Study visits, in addition to promoting the industry (and thanks to its strength), also promote Poland as a modern, innovative and supportive country for its own entrepreneurs. These image-promoting actions are absolutely necessary in today's world and will undoubtedly pay off in the near future.

 

Study visit

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