ARGENTINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION
Having been born on the banks of the Río de la Plata at the beginning of the 20th century, our Nautical Industry has had a rich history as well as important growth and development. Back in those days, the first shipyards were set up in the area, their founders being mainly European immigrants who applied their knowledge, skill and experience in the construction of wooden boats. As a result, sailboats, cruises, and boats of outstanding elegance and quality, began to sail our waters.
With the appearance of the Reinforced Plastic construction (GRP) in 1960, and thanks to serial production, the Argentine Nautical Industry reached maturity, allowing massive public access to sailing sports, especially since the 1980s. In the 1990s, production reached an average of 7,800 units per year and, currently, the total number of registered vessels exceeds 140,000.
The level of quality production in our country is really high. This has been evidenced by international recognition of the boats that have been exported for 25 years, and the achievements of our athletes worldwide. All the titles harvested by these sportspeople are an indissoluble part of a nautical industry in which the manufacturing process is a fundamental pillar.
Currently, our Industry is well- prepared, and mature enough to cope with all kinds of demand: From vessels for transport, cargo, tourism or sports use, to commercial fishing, security or defense. From an Optimist to a great Cruise, the Argentine ship clearly has export quality.
The sector is made up of more than 120 construction companies for sailboats, cruises, motor boats, inflatables, specific equipment and all the necessary services for the production and maintenance of a wide variety of vessels. It offers a capacity of more than 700,000 m2 and employs more than 7000 people, directly and indirectly.
The Nautical Industry is present throughout Argentina, but its epicenter is undoubtedly concentrated mainly in a radius of 30 km, in the northern area of Great Buenos Aires, encompassing the districts of Escobar, Tigre, San Fernando, San Isidro and Vicente López.