Allpa Marine Equipment, a leading European marine equipment wholesaler headquartered in Nijmegen, on the German border, has reported a positive half to the year with sales up 5% on the same period last year - that's off the back of 2017 that was one of Allpa's most successful years to date with revenues up 9% on the previous year.
The sales increase is despite a weak March and early April that were unduly impacted by unseasonally cold weather. According to Allpa, that resulted in customers launching boats with little maintenance work carried out in the spring. Now, according to CEO of the Allpa Marine Equipment Group (Benelux & Germany) Mark Rutgers, Allpa is reaping the rewards with owners catching up on that essential maintenance work. The result is that despite the weak early spring, since the back end of April there's been a substantial uptick in business with generators, motor equipment, controls and other technical products now being sold in substantial numbers, resulting in a surge for the business.
Allpa Marine Equipment has a diverse portfolio range of technical product from steering, controls, engine equipment, propellers, shafts and generators, to plumbing, hatches and deck fittings, boatseats and related products, water pumps and chandlery products (fenders / safety / compasses etc). Allpa also has its own rope line.
Allpa Marine Equipment celebrated its 45th anniversary a few years ago and has enjoyed a long relationship with a number of key brand partners. Notably in 2018, it will be celebrating a 30 year anniversary with Spx (former Johnson Pumps), and 25 years representing Seastar Solutions (formerly Teleflex).