Lalizas has been working on its global reach since its foundation in 1982, but the expansion strategy came to fruition in 2012 with the acquisition of the Lofrans, Max Power, Nuova Rade and OCEAN brands. With the acquisition, Lalizas added windlasses, boat thrusters, a wider range of plastic accessories and fenders to its catalogue, which now lists over 10,000 products.
Since 1985 OCEAN has manufactured a unique range of solid fenders, bow and stern fenders that are made of flexible integral PU skin foam. The company says that OCEAN boat fenders are renowned for their superior quality, lifetime performance and their exclusive and modern design. With a history of over 30 years in producing and introducing unique and high technology boat fenders.
In 2014 the company rolled out a development project that concluded last year with the acquisition of a 13,000m² facility in Pernik, Bulgaria. Press reported the move worth 3,8m Lev (US$2,1m) plus US$2m for the set up factory upgrade. The site is scheduled to enter operation in the coming months and production will focus on the fender product line.
Lalizas estimates the operation will employ between 100 – 200 people. The new Bulgaria-based manufacturing site will be making OCEAN’s first range of one-piece round fenders. The Lalizas R&D department has not only developed the design, but also created the tooling and machinery for the new range.
The OCEAN range of products are available around the world through various retail stores and distribution partners. The Director for Lalizas South Africa, Rushdi Gasant further noted that with OCEAN being regarded as one of the most innovative brands in the boat fenders market, they will continue to manufacture superior boat fenders.