Australian boatbuilder in growth mode following return to private ownership
Success at domestic shows plus growing demand from overseas markets has led Australian yacht builder Riviera to expand its workforce. The company is seeking to add 30 people to its existing 450-strong team in a year in which the company has moved forward in recovering from the difficult period it experienced from before and after returning to private ownership in 2012.
Riviera CEO Wes Moxey comments: “Riviera is actively seeking skilled tradespeople in the disciplines of boatbuilding, composite marine electrical engineering fit-out, cabinet-making, spray-painting, refinishing, plug and pattern-making. Increased global demand is allowing us to grow our dedicated team across the entire business and that is great for Riviera, great for manufacturing in South East Queensland, and great for Australia’s export trade.”
Voted Australia’s 2015 Marine Industry Exporter of the Australia’s 2015 Marine Industry Exporter of the Year by AIMEX, Riviera has had a busy year – from launching new models at the Sydney and Gold Coast International Marine Expo in its home market to others at international shows such as Dubai. This will continue at Ft Lauderdale where three new models will be debuted.
Moxey adds: “We believe strongly in the future of the Australian marine industry and we are leading our industry in nurturing Australia’s future master craftsmen and women. We are now training almost 40 apprentices directly at Riviera, and the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE’s Marine Training Centre is located here on-site alongside the biggest luxury motoryacht building facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.”