Wider, a pioneer in hybrid propulsion for luxury yachts, has been acquired by Nautical Hybrid Tech, the Monegasque group of Marcello Maggi (in the opening picture), the Zepter Group and Hopafi Holding Srl.
The three companies acquired the Wider Yachts shipyard, which marked the nautical sector with the avant-garde technology of the Wider 42 and Wider 32, later consolidated with the Wider 150 and Wider 165.
Marcello Maggi, of Nautical Hybrid Group, will take on the role of President and Sales & Marketing Director, based at the Munich office. Born in Ancona but resident in the Principality for twenty years, he has always represented Italian shipyards, strategically growing companies such as ISA, which he co-founded in 2001, and CRN.
Zepter Group boasts a wide spectrum of activities and markets but its name has always been associated with high standards, technological research, and exclusivity. The group owns companies such as Swisso Logical, Bioptron, and Tesla Hyperlight Optics.
Hopafi Holding, the financial vehicle of the Giovannetti family, controls two companies listed on the Italian and Eastern European Stock Exchanges and holds shares in various companies operating in the field of energy and environmental sustainability.
“I am very excited to be taking on this new challenge and honored to be part of the Wider team. We want to maintain our leadership in hybrid powered yachting by promoting research and innovation on all future yachts,” says Marcello Maggi, President of Wider – “Wider will focus on a niche market, focusing on quality and custom-built hybrid yachts. One of the main reasons for the acquisition of the yard was the very high level of management and the team in general, as well as, of course, the extraordinary performance of the yachts in terms of comfort, noise, vibration, and their eco-friendly nature. “
Wider remains a benchmark for eco-sustainable yachting: with the Wider 150 and 165 models, the yard was able to achieve the COMF (Y) 100/100 score for noise and vibration levels in both cases, for the first time in the history of RINA certification. RINA also awarded both boats the Platinum Green Plus Award for their environmental performance.
With this in mind, Wider will continue to focus on producing hybrid aluminum yachts. In addition, the company has just concluded a licensing agreement with the German yard Lloyd Werft for yachts over 250′, which will be produced in Bremerhaven.