De Keizer Marine Engineering - an ambitious family business
De Keizer is an ambitious family business based in the Netherlands. With passion for its work and a commitment to engaging with clients and their ideas, the company ensures that customer expectations are met and exceeded. De Keizer has specialised in the installation of custom electrotechnical systems in superyachts and ships since 1965
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''My name is Niels de Keizer and I am financial director of De Keizer Marine Engineering. My grandfather Anton de Keizer started a traditional ship repair company in Amsterdam back in 1965. It was a time when computers and software were the stuff of science fiction and only James Bond had something remotely comparable to a smartphone.
Anton was a forward-thinker but I doubt that he dreamed about the complex switching systems we design today. Could he have envisaged a helicopter platform that rises from the nose of a yacht when a helicopter arrives? Even my father, Johan de Keizer, could surely not have believed such developments possible when he switched from electronic marine installations for inland shipping to the superyacht market in the early seventies.
A company managed by two brothers
One thing I am certain of though is that they would be proud of the company that my brother Sjoerd and I manage today, with nearly 200 employees and multiple international offices. They would admire the DekaSmartGrid, our intelligent power consumption system. And they’d be impressed at how De Keizer Marine Engineering combines the best technology and software to minimise fuel consumption, keep environmental impact to a minimum and optimise the space that people enjoy onboard their yachts.
Our company has seen fifty years of craftsmanship and innovation, but one thing has remained unchanged: De Keizer Marine Engineering is an ambitious family business that loves to master any challenge that comes our way."
Half a century in maritime installations
In the 50 years since its establishment, De Keizer Marine Engineering has been transformed from a start-up to a designer of unique top-quality products. As yachts are equipped with an increasing number of electro-technical installations and computer-controlled alarm, monitoring & control systems, De Keizer Marine Engineering leads the way in finding the ideal solutions.
De Keizer works with its clients to provide high quality installations of complete onboard electrical systems that include operating equipment, alarms, monitoring, and even entertainment units.
The steady stream of superyachts being launched in Holland is the most visible sign of the prominence of the Dutch superyacht industry. Now, with the release of the industry statistics for 2017, there are some impressive hard facts to back up a story of ongoing growth. The Dutch saw their market share in the total value of global superyacht deliveries rise from 21.6% in 2016 to almost 30% in 2017, an increase of 7.6% on the 2016 figure. With 21 superyachts launched for owners around the world in 2017 and 23 new orders taken, there is much more to come in the years ahead.
The statistics contained in the annual Superyacht IQ report are keenly anticipated by industry watchers around the world as they give a clear factual picture of developments that cuts through the commercial noise. While the superyacht sector is seen as revolving around luxury and comfort by the wider public, owners and their representatives are also keen to know where the best value can be attained. The latest figures illustrate that the unrivalled cost-to-quality offered by the Dutch superyacht cluster is becoming ever more apparent to those who invest in their pleasure.
In essence, the Dutch are selling more superyachts at a higher total value, while also steadily increasing their market share over the past five years. The 21 deliveries over 30 metres made in 2017 were by ten different yards. The superyachts concerned had a total value of €1.19 billion, which translates into an average price of €57 million per superyacht (an increase of almost 10%). It is also the highest total value recorded to date.
Compared to 2016, these figures represent a growth of almost 17% (from 18 to 21 deliveries) and 28% (from €927 million to €1.19 billion). The number of new orders over 30 metres in length also rose by almost 28%, from 18 to 23, with 22 being for motor yachts and one for a sailing yacht.
Turning to the global picture, the estimated total value of the 149 completed yachts over 30 metres in 2017 was €4.08 billion. With their figure of €1.19 billion, the Dutch superyacht yards now have a value market share of 29.2%, up from 21.6% in 2016. Holland’s proportion of the global market in terms of the number of deliveries grew from 11.2% in 2016 to 14.1% in 2017.
What none of these facts take into account is also the enormous amount of equipment from expert Dutch companies that is installed in superyachts built elsewhere in the world. It is this in-depth strength of the Dutch superyacht cluster that HISWA Holland Yachting Group export director Jeroen Sirag attributes to the continuous growth of his country’s market share.
“Our association is very much focused on the exclusivity of our group, ensuring that we represent the leading Dutch firms in each of their respective fields as well as the world’s top yards. Our ‘Think Yachts, Think Holland’ campaign, devised by and for the members, has really struck a chord among superyacht owners. We offer a strong and unified face to the outside world though our wide range of shared export activities and trade missions. Building on the inherent stability that allowed the Dutch superyacht sector to come though the turbulent times relatively unscathed, our members are now investing in the future with confidence.”
One example of these investments is the new yard that Feadship is due to open in Amsterdam next year. “Other yards and suppliers are also in talk with the Port of Amsterdam as they look to enhance their presence in the Dutch capital,” adds Sirag. “Add in our plans to establish Amsterdam more firmly as a major destination for superyachts heading through northern Europe and the Baltic and it is clear that Holland as a country is more than ever living up to its reputation as the world’s Yacht Valley.”
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