Steber’s success seventy years on



Steber’s success seventy years on

Steber International is currently celebrating its 70th birthday and 2016 is shaping as one of the busiest years in an illustrious era of boat manufacturing in Australia.
Founder, Bruce Steber started out building timber clinker runabouts in the backyard and now the company supplies commercial and recreational vessels to clients across Australia and exports to over a dozen countries world-wide.
During the intervening years Steber’s have produced over 10,000 runabouts, almost 330 larger craft and completed well over 1000 contract repairs/refits and insurance work.
“This year is already one of our busiest years on record”, says general manager, Alan Steber, “with a wide variety of boats either completed, in final fit out or under construction for interstate and international delivery”.
Just some of the projects either completed or underway include:
. the 43ft Victoria Water Police vessel VP02 is back in home waters after an extensive refit including complete electrical rewiring and communications upgrade.
. Port Macquarie Marine Rescue will shortly take delivery of their new 38 ft vessel, featuring the new flybridge configuration. This is a “sister ship” to the recently launched John Thompson, Port Stephens Marine Rescue’s replacement for the M.V. Daniel Thain.
. An extensive refit of the existing Port Macquarie Marine Rescue 34ftr is being scheduled.
. Two recreational sports fishing vessels are in the production plan – one will be heading to Port Lincoln, the other to Victoria.
. Contracts have been signed for a new 38 ftr for the Sydney Water Police.
. Extensive refit is being completed on a 43ft express sports cruiser
. A new 52ftr proposed for a Seychelles resort to help keep pace with tourist demand. It will be the third Steber vessel for this client.
. East coast fishing grounds will be home for a new 34ft commercial vessel to be based at Forster.
. In the research and development portfolio, work continues on the SSS Bluebottle surveillance drones and also on a new project based on an electric-powered vessel and two other confidential projects.
. Contracts for FRP components as well as contracts to build and service boats under licence.
. Increasing employment with new apprentice shipwrights and other staff undergoing training programs to keep pace with construction demands.
. Insurance repairs for a wide range of clients across the Mid North Coast of NSW.
. The management team is busy scheduling the Taree factory to service the demand for Steber survey quality vessels, particularly across the commercial range.
“Management is also working hard on various committees, marine boards and industry panels to help make the marine industry safer, and to ensure the commercial vessel industry is well supported”, Mr Steber concluded.

MAIN PHOTO: Beryl and Bruce Steber receiving the Bruce Cowan Memorial Award for excellence in business from the Manning Valley Chamber of Commerce.

PHOTO BELOW: Bruce and Beryl cutting the 70th anniversary cake with employees at the Steber Taree factory.Bruce amd Beryl 70 years 2