10 years ago...
The Highfield Boats success story dates back to 2010. This 10th year of our
operation is a good time to recap through our first decade.
Ten years ago Julien Carussi, our CEO, was Sales Manager, Asia Pacific
region, for Pennel & Flipo (ORCA Fabrics). He identified a market for lightweight
aluminium tenders and realised that there was an opportunity for a
new global player to emerge.
In the spring of 2010 Carussi shared his plan with one of his most trusted
contacts in Australia, Scott Wilson. Scott is the owner of Swift Marine. He has
35 years of experience building aluminium RIBs for the leisure and commercial
sectors in Australia and was an ideal partner. His technical ability
and knowledge is second to none in this sector. A Technology Transfer
Agreement was discussed and an agreement made. Australian technology
and design would become the foundation for the brand.
In December of 2010 Julien joined a business owned by Wang Jun, a
Chinese entrepreneur with experience in inflatable boat manufacturing.
This provided the project with an experienced manufacturing base that
would be well placed to manufacture volume and support a global network.
In January of 2011 the project was presented to Yves Brintet in France and
the first prototypes were built in April of that same year.
The Highfield Boats trade mark was registered by Julien Carussi and Wang
Jung in July 2011.
In September 2011, Highfield Boats were exhibited for the first time at
The La Rochelle Boat Show by Yves Brintet of Highfield France.
Read the Highfield story here