Italy’s Azimut-Benetti Group has once again been named the world’s top builder of yachts over 24m in length in Boat International’s 2018 Global Order Book. A record 2,840m of Azimut and Benetti-branded yachts, totalling 77 active projects, are under construction at the builder’s six yards.

“For us, Italian style isn’t just a question of taste, but more an approach to work,” says Giovanna Vitelli, group vice president. “We are proud to have achieved such a prestigious milestone for the 18th time running and proud to be an expression of that successful Italian entrepreneurial spirit which is appreciated the world over."

Paolo Vitelli, group president and founder, adds: “Such long-lasting success can only spring from consistency and continuity fed by ongoing work to develop and improve products and production processes, by project excellence, and by the industrial and financial soundness of our shipyards.”

Azimut-Benetti closed 2016/17 with a production value of €710m, continuing the growth trend of the last five years (+20% from 2011/12 to 2016/17). The Global Order Book confirms its authoritative standing, providing an accurate annual performance report and publishing information on actual orders for yachts measuring 80ft in length and over.