Challenges Facing South African Boat Builders

Take a look a this diagram representing some of the challenges facing the South African catamaran manufacturing sector in 2010 and beyond.

While innovative, catamaran boat builders face unique challenges ranging from slow adoption of new technology, lack of skilled labor and the rising threat (or opportunity) of offshoring the building process to cheaper locales such as China and one day, Vietnam.

We would be interested to hear reader comments on whether this is an accurate picture of the industry in 2010 and whether there should be any new threats, opportunities and statistics added to this representation.


Source:Adapted from COFISA Report on Western Cape Boat Building Industry

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