Future Fibres acquired by Southern Spars
Published on November 5th, 2014
Auckland, NZL (November 5, 2014) – North Technology Group (NTG) has announced the acquisition of Future Fibres by Southern Spars. Founded 20 years ago by Tom Hutchinson and based in Valencia, Spain, Future Fibres is a marine industry leader in high performance carbon cables, masts, booms, spreaders and custom components.
Combining these two industry leaders allows Southern Spars the ability to develop additional technology for their list of products, services and high performance solutions, in the marine industry and beyond.
“Future Fibres has long been an innovator in the field of advanced fibre rigging,” said Tom Whidden, CEO of North Technology Group. “With NTG’s support, Southern Spars now has the resources to provide our customers with a wider range of advanced rigging options. Future Fibres has been built on three main brand values: performance, innovation and dedication. We see the same values within the companies that form North Technology Group. This made acquiring Future Fibres a natural fit,” Whidden concluded.
Future Fibres first entered the composite rigging market after Tom Hutchinson devised a way to better terminate composite fibres by continuously winding PBO fibre around two titanium thimbles at any required length. Future Fibres’ approach has allowed composite rigging to be used on every area of the boat and not restricted to just aft rigging as it historically was before.
“The team at Southern Spars is excited about the acquisition of Future Fibres,” said Richard Lott, CEO of Southern Spars. “The mast and rigging market is quite depressed after the GFC which has been putting pressure on Southern Spars and Future Fibres’ business. However, the Future Fibres team has developed some advanced mast moulding technologies which complement our advanced computer-based rig design tools,” said Lott. “The combination of technologies and engineering excellence will provide a refined and optimised rig solution for every customer in the future.”
“Future Fibres’ DNA is technology based and customer friendly,” explained founder Tom Hutchinson. “The ability continue to innovate with North Technology Group is something that will allow my original dream to prosper. I very much look forward to working with all at Southern Spars and all of NTG.”
About North Technology Group
North Technology Group originated with worldwide sailmaking leader North Sails in 1957. Founded by Lowell North in a San Diego, USA, garage, NTG has grown into a diverse family of companies serving marine and manufacturing markets worldwide. North Sails, the leader in sailmaking technology is the cornerstone of North Technology Group. Other NTG companies include; Edgewater Power Boats, North Thin Ply Technology, and Southern Spars.
Source: Southern Spars