Dutch business aviation and superyacht companies collaborate


Four Dutch companies have signed a letter of intent to increase their cooperation in the fields of design manufacturing and the refurbishment of business jet interiors. The companies – JetSupport, Struik & Hamerslag Aviation, Wetzels Brown Partners and Zijlstra International Decoration – hope to capitalise on synergies between the superyacht and business aviation industries. “This moment formalises the partnership between the four companies to further enhance the found synergies and look at future opportunities,” said Marko Struik, director of Struik & Hamerslag Aviation.

Struik & Hamerslag Aviation, Wetzels Brown Partners and Zijlstra Interior Decoration are players in the global superyacht interior and refurbishment industry, while JetSupport provides the connection to the business aviation industry. “Partnerships such as these found a basis for sharing know-how and experiences across industries, crucial to further strengthen each other’s market position,” said Ton van Deursen, director of JetSupport.

The first visible result of this collaboration is the development of a new interior refurbishment process. The technology, to be launched early in 2014, is designed to provide an advanced method of applying veneer in aircraft interiors that minimises downtime and costs without sacrificing the high quality expected of interior materials. The companies say the craftsmanship of Struik & Hamerslag Aviation was found to be a perfect match for the advanced technology requirements of the business aviation industry. The new technology is currently undergoing certification and patent processes to secure compliance with international aviation regulations.

JetSupport is an EASA-certified maintenance and airworthiness management organisation specialising in technical support solutions for business aviation operators and aircraft owners. With more than 48,500ft² of facilities such as hangar space, offices and business lounges, JetSupport is located at Schiphol East in The Netherlands.

Struik & Hamerslag Aviation specialises in the production and installation of interiors for private aircraft, using experience from the nautical industry, which is also subject to stringent fire safety and lightweight requirements. The company employs 180 craftspeople to produce and finish custom-made interiors.

Zijlstra International Decoration has a history of more than 70 years in upholstery. Over the last 30 years the company has developed into one of the leading upholstery companies in the Dutch superyacht industry.

Wetzels Brown Partners is a partnership established 10 years ago between interior designer Gillian Brown and architect Rob Wetzels. The company is located in Amsterdam and boasts 20 years of experience in yacht design, private interiors, aircraft interiors and branding for business jets.

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