Insight: List GC on weathering the pandemic

Written by SuperYacht Times

After a full year of navigating challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, SuperYacht Times sat down with the Managing Director Christian Bolinger, responsible for sales, manufacturing and project calculation for List GC, to gain insight into how the interior outfitter has successfully weathered the pandemic and what the company has in store for the future.Christian Bolinger The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many companies throughout all industries to evolve. How has List GC adapted to the circumstances?
Covid-19 has been a salient topic for us for the past year. During this time, we’ve dealt with many challenges at List GC and have re-established some of our processes from the ground up. We were able to adapt very quickly to the new circumstances, especially during those weeks of the pandemic when border closures, lockdown and general uncertainty were the norms. We replaced old routines with new work procedures and optimised our processes. For example, we adapted our project and sales team meetings to a virtual setting in lieu of going on business trips. Though this may seem like a universal adaptation, this is particularly unusual in our industry, where meetings in person used to be on the agenda on a daily basis. We also adjusted our processes, by relying on local suppliers wherever possible in order to avoid logistical obstacles like border closures, to save time and money. We were able to supply the expected quality, reliably and on time, in spite of all that was going on. An achievement our entire team is proud of.Artefact yacht diningPhoto: Francesco MartinezWhat is the current situation in the superyacht industry in general?
The pandemic is not yet over, but we’re nevertheless feeling quite confident. It became very clear this past year that, as projects planned for the long term, luxury yachts are largely independent of the economy. We have seen an increase in demand for new superyachts and large numbers of orders being placed with international shipyards. This is clearly a positive situation for us as interior outfitters and suppliers. We have been cooperating with many of our customers for years and this, combined with the fact that we’ve been able to demonstrate that we’re a trustworthy and reliable partner, means that we’ve fared well through recent months, and can currently rely on a stable economic basis despite these challenging times.List GC So in other words, things remain largely the same?
On the contrary! Our industry is innately active, with innovative solutions always in demand, such as is the case with exterior furniture. There is currently a clear trend towards new, larger living spaces on board. Yacht design is moving away from clearly demarcated areas towards smooth transitions thus, the connection between interior and exterior spaces is becoming increasingly important. As a result, we’re seeing interior designers consciously including aspects of the exterior design, which alters the requirements for on-deck furnishings. The planning and selection of materials must also take external influences into account. This is where we’re able to contribute our know-how expertise and craftsmanship. Our strengths include seamless compatibility and optimal use of high-quality materials in the exterior, where they are exposed to seawater and weather. That’s why we’re perfectly positioned for this growing line of business.
Artefact yacht saloonPhoto: Francesco MartinezWhat other developments can you identify?
We think that sustainability is definitely another important trend in the industry. For yachts, this currently plays a role in relation to the engine types, air conditioning and waste management. Which makes it all the more important for us to think further and more sustainably, be proactive and make our contribution in our work processes, approaches and production. This was evident when we started using photovoltaics on our company buildings in Bad Erlach as well as using offcuts in our apprentice workshop rather than disposing of them, building know-how for our work on sustainable surfaces and by making our processes – from engineering through to project management – more efficient from the off, in order to reduce logistical effort as well as improve our ecological footprint. Basically, you could say that the pandemic has made us focus on what really matters: the health of our employees, solidarity and responsibility for each other.

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