Mon, 06 June 2016

After surviving two decades of fierce competition with South Korea and especially China, Japan is well placed to benefit from the current significant downturn in demand for new vessels globally.

With more modern-day shipbuilding experience than its Far-East neighbours, its inherent requirement for top-quality products, its reluctance to import marine equipment and the loyal support of a patriotic customer base of Japanese shipowners who are ordering frantically to revive the nations once dominant domestic fleet, once again Japan has evolved into an extremely successful, self-sufficient shipbuilding nation.

This accomplishment has resulted in shipowners from all maritime nations turning to Japan for their somewhat depleted new-build requirements, in spite of prices generally being up to 10% higher than their Korean and Chinese competitors. It seems the Japanese quality of products and workmanship and commitment to delivering on time is worth paying extra for.

Fortunately for Solar Solve Marine, their SOLASOLV Type Approved antiglare roller sunscreens that protect navigation bridge personnel against the sun and ROLASOLV Type Approved roller blind products for many other locations on a vessel, have been the global Brand Leaders for 25 years. They are the obvious products of choice for the discerning shipowners and quality-motivated Japanese shipbuilders.

John Lightfoot, Solar Solve’s chairman commented, “Compared with the same period last year, so far this year we have supplied two-and-a-half times as many vessels with four times the number of blinds/screens per vessel and at order values that are three and a half times higher. That is a great result.”

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