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Webasto Produces 8,000th Marine Roof

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Germany-based Webasto has produced its 8,000th roof at its plant in the Netherlands, the company announced.

Webasto is a top global supplier in the automotive industry and entered the marine market in 2004.

“Expanding the area of application from the road to the water is a natural step,” says director of product management Martin de Waal of Webasto. “In the process, our range of solutions for ship roofs, shading and air conditioning is constantly growing.”

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The 8,000th roof will be used aboard Chaparral's 317SSX. The slim, low-profile design has safety glass and watertight sealing for protection in stormy weather.

The production process for each unit — bending the frame, painting, gluing and curing to packaging the complete unit — takes an average of four weeks.

“The installation of the roof works quickly and easily. It fits elegantly into the design of our boat and provides more light and fresh air below deck,” said Derek Cornelius, director of purchasing from Chaparral.

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