Dutch Business Aviation and Superyacht industry strengthen their ties in partnership

Companies sign Letter of Intent for a closer collaboration

Four Dutch companies have signed a Letter of Intent to increase further cooperation in the field of design manufacturing and refurbishment of business jet interiors. JetSupport, Struik & Hamerslag Aviation, Wetzels Brown Partners and Zijlstra International Decoration have recognized the synergies between the superyacht and business aviation industry at an early stage and used several practical opportunities to further optimize their collaboration. Today all four companies signed a Letter of Intent to formalize the partnership. ‘This moment formalizes the partnership between the four companies to further enhance the found synergies and look at future opportunities.’ says Marko Struik, director of Struik & Hamerslag Aviation.

Struik & Hamerslag Aviation, Wetzels Brown Partners and Zijlstra Interior Decoration are the yardstick in the global superyacht interior and refurbishment industry. With their international customer basis, their products are found all over the world in the most luxurious yachts. JetSupport provides the connection to the business aviation industry with their technical expertise for business aviation owners and operators. ‘Partnerships as these found a basis for sharing know-how and experiences across industries, crucial to further strengthen each other’s market position’ according to Ton van Deursen, director of JetSupport.

The first visible result of this collaboration is the development of a new interior refurbishment process. The new technology, to be launched early 2014, entails an advanced method of applying veneer to the aircraft interior, minimizing downtime and costs without nullifying the high qualities of the materials used in the interior. The craftsmanship of Struik & Hamerslag Aviation was found to be a perfect match for these advanced technology requirements found in the business aviation industry. This new technology is currently undergoing certification and patent processes in order to secure compliance with international aviation regulations.

JetSupport B.V. is an EASA certified maintenance and airworthiness management organization and specialized in technical support solutions for business aviation operators and aircraft owners. With over 4500m2 (48.500 ft²) of facilities such as hangar space, offices and business lounges, JetSupport is located at Schiphol East in The Netherlands. More information about JetSupport can be found on www.jetsupport.nl.

Struik & Hamerslag Aviation is specialized in the production and installation of interiors for private aircraft. The experience comes from the nautical industry which is subject to stringent fire safety requirements. The lightweight experience comes from the yachting industry as where racing yachts are design with low weight characteristics for optimum performance.

Struik & Hamerslag are market leaders in the yachting Industry. In their state of the art production facilities 180 craftsmen produce and finish custom made interiors to the highest standards.

Zijlstra International decoration has a history over 70 years in upholstery. Over the last 30 years Z.I.D. has developed into one of the leading upholstery companies of the Dutch super yacht industry working at the most prestigious yachts built in the Netherlands. More information can be found on www.zid.nl.

Wetzels Brown Partners is the partnership established ten years ago between interior designer Gillian Brown and architect Rob Wetzels. WBP is located in the cultural heart of Amsterdam and is formed by a strong international team of talented and enthusiastic professionals with diverse yet complimentary backgrounds in architecture, design and client support. Twenty years of experience in yacht design, private interiors, unique aircraft interiors and branding for business jets. More information can be found on www.wetzelsbrown.com.

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