EXCELLING IN MATERIAL EXPERTISE
For over 130 years, BENETEAU has been searching for increasingly innovative solutions to develop high performing, robust and environmentally friendly boats for a wide public. Pioneers in the use and implementation of new materials, the R&D engineers and technicians work towards continuous progress and improvement. They develop technology that meets the increasing demands of design, practicality and quality.
Since the structure of boats is constantly subjected to external stresses, it is of huge strategical importance to have expertise in composites as well as their implementation. In often complicated assemblies, materials must have a number of intrinsic qualities and maintain them, to stand the test of time in very varied environments. The group has a laboratory that carries out in-depth tests to achieve irreproachable quality. Beneteau has unique experience combined with own-developed structural engineering tools and this has made it a leader in this field. Excelling in the distribution of material, they can build boats that are both light and strong.
Beneteau has a continuous quality improvement dynamic for its products and processes, with the goal of doing everything possible to guarantee their owners confidence and peace of mind.
With the aim of keeping control of its capacity to deliver boats complying with very strict quality standards, Beneteau obtained ISO 9001 certification, in 2003, and this is reassessed successfully every year by an independent organisation. This has meant that the development of new models, purchases, industrial manufacture and respecting deadlines have all been the subject of procedures and methodical inspection. Based on the principles of lean manufacturing, the continuous improvement approach is very pragmatic and involves all the company’s staff.
The environmental policy implemented by Beneteau is based on two major challenges: the reduction of the impact of boatbuilding and reducing the ecological footprint of their boats.
Among the pioneers in this field, Beneteau was awarded ISO 50001 certification in 2015, demonstrating that it has taken all possible measures to manage energy and even reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease costs. With geothermal heating and a glazed façade as well as a photovoltaic shading-glazed canopy, the new brand headquarters, inaugurated in 2014, is a remarkable building in this regard.
Beneteau has also invested heavily in its industrial tool with the goal of reducing the emission of pollutants in the atmosphere (VOCs). The recent composite transformation workshop chiefly houses non-emissive transformation processes. Beneteau is also working to reduce the creation of waste (packaging, cut optimisation, scrap) and to increase the amount of recycling through the implementation of a waste control process.