Muir, the Tasmania-based manufacturer of windlass and anchoring systems for yachts, has announced that managing director Matthew Johnston has been elected to the Superyacht Society board.

The announcement has been greeted with pleasure by Australian and New Zealand proponents of the industry who believe the growing manufacturing, service and charter industries can offer much to the wider superyacht sector.

“It is important for Australia to ensure representation on key global organizations that focus on supporting the superyacht sector. With the growing interest in cruising in Australia, building superyachts here and our significant capability in the repair and refit sectors we need to understand the needs of the global market and ensure the global market under-stands our industry,” says MaryAnne Edwards, CEO of Superyacht Australia.

Johnston, who is keen to continue to increase the region’s participation with the wider superyacht industry, comments: “I’m looking forward to contributing as an ISS board member in all aspects of the position and am particularly eager to ensure that the board is privy to issues that relate to the South Pacific region and how we can tackle these for the best outcome for all concerned.”

With international shows a key part of Muir’s growth strategy, Johnston is a familiar face within the industry and is looking forward to bringing news and developments from the Asia-Pacific region to the attention of ISS members, helping them both grow their markets into the burgeoning region, and understand what it brings to the industry in terms of manufacturing benefits.

In addition to its Australian headquarters, Muir has a strong global presence with bases in the US and Europe. Recent projects of note include Alloy Yachts new launch, Hey Jude, and La Belle Classe Monaco winner, M/V Yersin.