Full steam ahead for Steber and Yanmar

Full steam ahead for Steber and Yanmar

A business relationship spanning almost two decades was acknowledged when representatives of Japanese marine company, Yanmar visited Steber International’s Taree factory complex.

Yanmar diesel engines have been used to power Steber boats since 1996, involving vessels for the Federal Police, Australian Customs and Fisheries, Sydney Water Police and Marine Rescue as well as private charters and recreational and commercial users.

Managing director of Yanmar Asia (Singapore) Corporation, Mr Naoya Umegaki and regional manager, Mr Ryuhei Satake were accompanied on their Taree visit by representatives of Yanmar’s Australian distributors, Power Equipment Pty Ltd, Michael Blair and Ian Mills.

Managing director, Mr Alan Steber said the factory tour covered various vessels, both those in production and refits, all involving Yanmar engines.

“We are one of the biggest users of Yanmar in Australia”, Mr Steber said. “Yanmar are very professional in their approach; their network of dealers for servicing is enormous and rarely, if ever, is there an issue with delivery and handover to clients”.

Projects currently at tender stage involving Yanmar include vessels for Oman and Papua New Guinea as well as fisheries and marine rescue in Australia.

While at the factory the party also inspected at 22ft Steber vessel with 125hp Yanmar engine, which was sold at the recent Sydney International Boat Show and was in Taree for final fit-out.

“We are jointly looking to set up a support service network for Steber vessels, particularly those Yanmar-powered”, Mr Steber said, “with the main focus on providing exemplary customer service on an annual basis”.

“Discussions during the visit also included forecasting, training, new models and joint marketing opportunities.

“Yanmar are delighted to be associated with such a diverse boat manufacturer as Steber International”, he concluded.