Van Berge Henegouwen, a Dutch integrator of audio, video and information technologies for superyachts, is to open offices in Ft Lauderdale, the Caribbean and the French Riviera resort of Antibes. The new offices will allow VBH to accelerate troubleshooting, servicing and maintenance and provide on-the-sport coordination for refits and upgrades.
By Robert Wielaard
Van Berge Henegouwen (VBH), the Dutch integrator of audio, video and information technologies for superyachts, says it will soon open offices in Ft Lauderdale, the Caribbean and the French Riviera resort of Antibes to handle increased business.
VBH CEO Michael Haverkorn van Rijsewijk says the expansion is designed to slash costs of flying VBH support staff around the world.
The new offices will be a base for VBH engineers making onboard visits and a workshop for on-site repairs and upgrades.
“Servicing client systems today accounts for more than half of our revenues,” Haverkorn van Rijsewijk told 15 or so yachting media journalists from around the world. He declined to divulge the level of VBH’s revenues but said they enjoy annual growth rates of 20%.
He said the new offices would allow VBH to accelerate troubleshooting, servicing and maintenance and provide on-the-spot coordination for refits and upgrades.
“We are handling more and more refit projects,” he added, “especially in the Netherlands and Germany but also Spain, France and the USA.”
VBH started out 56 years ago installing car stereo systems on yachts. Since then, it has evolved from a hardware installer to a systems integrator. “To date, we have delivered over 200 yachts. Right now we are working on 22 projects at 12 yards in eight countries,” said Haverkorn van Rijsewijk.
VBH engineers, designs and installs complex audio, video and information technology features that carry a lifetime service and support guarantee. Its flagship projects include Pulse (a platform offering immersive audio-visual content) and Pivot (a ‘follow me’ Apple watch app that lets users take music or visual content around the yacht.)