Italian marine manufacturers formed Nautica Italiana, which represents 25 brands and aims to bring top companies together to devise a strategy for developing the industry in Italy and internationally.
The Milan-based group said its priorities include supporting exports and developing a system to monitor the industry’s performance.
The founding members have named a seven-member board: Lamberto Tacoli (chairman); Luigi Alberto Amico, Cataldo Aprea, Fabio Boschi, and Giovanna Vitelli (vice chairmen); Corrado Salvemini (director); and Lorenzo Pollicardo (general secretary).
Nautica Italiana is independent, but it is affiliated with Fondazione Altagamma, whose members come from the fashion, design, food, hotel, jewelry and automotive industries.
“Today, in the prestigious location Panorama in Milan, where we were honored to present our association, we were literally surrounded by the history of Italian craftsmanship,” Tacoli said Tuesday in a statement. “This history traces its roots to the strong culture of beauty, uniqueness and harmony that combine with the ingenuity and vision that throughout the centuries have enabled Italy to generate innovation in all arts and industries.
“Part of this history of excellence and innovation of Italian industry is written daily by companies in the nautical sector, which the new association Nautica Italiana, affiliated with Fondazione Altagamma, now provides a major opportunity for growth and a chance to regain the international stature that they deserve.”
“Eleven of the brands represented by Nautica Italiana have chosen to become members of Fondazione Altagamma, and this is an honor for us because the Italian nautical industry can boast unique expertise and achievements at the global level,” said Andrea Illy, chairman of Fondazione Altagamma.
“The choice of forming an affiliation between Nautica Italiana and Altagamma is also an innovative step that strengthens the ability of the industries represented by our members to work together in support of that culture of economic cohesiveness of which Italy has such great need.”