Aquamare Marine, the UK distributor for leading Italian marine brands such as Opacmare, Planus, CEM and Tecnicomar, has moved into a new purpose-built unit at Turnchapel Wharf, Plymouth, doubling its square footage. The news follows the launch in January of Aquamare Marine’s new US facility in West Palm Beach, Florida for the distribution of Opacmare and Planus products and to provide aftersales support for Princess Yachts America and Searay Boats.

According to firm director Mike Sommerfeld, 2018 is proving to been its most successful year to date, eclipsing the previous boom in the run up to the global financial crisis in 2008.

As well expanding its facilities and extending its service to the US, Aquamare Marine was also recently appointed Trend Marine’s new service agent, meaning the firm’s team of engineers are now operating 7 days a week to meet customer demand.

“We have increased staff from 13 to 18 this year and from the projections I have seen from manufactures I believe this will continue throughout 2018 and 2019,” Sommerfeld told IBI. He added that the firm was on the cusp of adding another major equipment manufacturer to its list of marine partners in the coming weeks.