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British company starts U.S. boatbuilding operation

Belzona, a leader of polymer composites, industrial protective coatings and elastomers for industries around the world, announced plans to launch a new boatbuilding operation called Belzona Marine.

“Belzona Marine is an indicator of how we are growing, and we want the community to be a part of it,” the company said in a statement. “We will be employing local people, especially boat lovers and craftsmen, to help us build the most beautiful and innovative vessels in the marine industry.”

Belzona Marine started operations in its Miami Lakes, Fla., facility at the end of 2011. The company is working on two 32-foot models: a center console and a walkaround.

“Belzona has been a leader in composite technology since its founding in 1952, and is an important supplier of composite repair materials to the commercial and military marine markets," owner Joel Svendsen said in an e-mail to Soundings Trade Only, adding he has been an avid boater for over 20 years and "thought that the downturn in the boating industry made it the perfect time to apply our decades of experience with composite materials to boat manufacturing."

Its goal is to exhibit in October at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

U.K.-based Belzona celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and it has events planned during the week of Feb. 20 to commemorate the milestone. An official announcement about the new boatbuilding company is set for Feb. 22.

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