We asked Managing Director Christian Bolinger for his opinion. Since the end of 2020, he has been responsible for Sales, Manufacturing and Project Calculation in the management team of List GC.
What has happened at List GC over the year? What trends and developments can he identify for the coming year, and what does this mean for List GC?
Covid-19 has resulted in many fundamental changes for thousands of companies. Is this also true of List GC?
Yes, Covid has been a topic for us for a whole year now. During this time, we’ve dealt with many challenges at List GC and have re-established some of our processes from the ground up. Especially during those weeks of the pandemic when border closures, lockdown and general uncertainty were the norm, we adapted really quickly to the new conditions. We replaced old routines with new work procedures and optimised our processes.

To give an example, by holding our project and sales team meetings as virtual meetings instead of going on business trips. This is quite unusual in our industry, where meetings in person used to be on the agenda on a daily basis.

To give an example, by holding our project and sales team meetings as virtual meetings instead of going on business trips. This is quite unusual in our industry, where meetings in person used to be on the agenda on a daily basis.

Or by relying on local suppliers wherever possible in order to avoid logistical obstacles like border closures and thus save time and money. We were able to supply the expected quality reliably and on time, in spite of all that was going on. A great achievement by the whole team.
What 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 come through recent months well and can currently rely on a stable economic basis despite the challenging times.
So in other words, things remain largely the same?
On the contrary! Our industry is active and innovative solutions are always in demand. Such as in the area of Exterior Furniture. There is currently a clear trend towards new, larger living spaces on board. The design is moving away from clearly demarcated areas towards smooth transitions. The connection between inside and outside is becoming increasingly important. As a result, we’re seeing interior designers consciously including parts of the exterior. This also changes 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 and craftsmanship. Our strengths include seamless compatibility and optimal use of high-quality materials in the outside area, where they are exposed to seawater and weather. That’s why we’re perfectly positioned for this growing line of business.

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What 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 pro-active and make our contribution in our work processes, approaches and production. Like we did when we started using photovoltaics on our company buildings in Bad Erlach. And by 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.