Sunseeker adding workers amid plans for new models

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Sunseeker’s new models include the 131 Yacht, which is shown in this rendering. The boat is set to debut at the London Boat Show next month.

Sunseeker’s new models include the 131 Yacht, which is shown in this rendering. The boat is set to debut at the London Boat Show next month.

British boatbuilder Sunseeker is looking to recruit more than 100 new employees to support the introduction of several new models planned for 2016.

The new jobs will be based at its manufacturing operations in Dorset, covering construction trades that include carpentry, plumbing and electrical and engineering trades that include mechanical engineering and composites, laminating and GRP finishing.

In August 2013 the Beijing-based conglomerate Wanda Group acquired a majority stake in the business.

“We are pleased to announce these recruitment plans, which give a clear signal of the positive times ahead at Sunseeker,” CEO Phil Popham said in a statement.

“We have a clear and robust business plan to invest in long-term growth and sustainable success, backed by our majority shareholder Wanda Group, whose stable ownership and strong financial backing enables us to plan and invest for the future.

“Building our highly skilled workforce is a key part of this planned investment, and with the introduction of a number of new boat lines in 2016 we are able to recruit over 100 new skilled staff to support future growth,” he added.

“We are also looking forward to launching the eagerly anticipated new 131 Yacht at the London Boat Show in January. It will be the largest model ever to make its debut in London and is the first of several new models set for launch in 2016.”

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