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Jan Hudak

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After expanding his international experience (in USA, Sweden and Slovakia) from studies and short traineeships & internships in insurance at Allianz and public sphere at Ministry of Economy, Jan joined Interconnection Consulting as the Market Analyst responsible for various industries. Among them are boats, parquets & flooring, finance, healthcare & pharma, FM and some of the special technical & construction industries. During his work at Interconnection, he was invited to present some of the findings and data at the conferences or EXPOS. In addition, he creates data solutions for B2B & B2C segment. Also, in Interconnection he is in charge of internship programme in Bratislava as mentor as well as providing assistance to other colleagues and recently he became a consultant for untypical projects and business development.

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IC News

Boat Market in Europe Stagnates

The boat market in Europe saw a decline in sales of -0.1% last year. Turnover in the industry increased by 1.6% and now stands at 3.8 billion Eur. Even until 2021, the stagnation of the market does not seem to change much, as a new study by Interconnection Consulting shows.


Spain hooey, Great Britain phooey

The outlook for the boat market is rated less optimistic in many places than it was last year. This is mainly due to the trading tensions, which make the companies more cautious. Even the Brexit, where the solution is still awaiting makes the markets insecure and affects spending, especially in Europe. A total of 31,543 boats were sold in Europe in 2018. The largest market is Germany with a share of 20.9%, ahead of France with 14.1%. The highest growth rates were achieved by the Spanish boat market with a sales increase of 3.0%. With this increase, the market is only just behind the UK, which saw the largest decline among European markets.



Catamarans are coming

The catamarans are the fastest growing product segment and will increase their market share from today’s 5.5% to 6.2% by 2021. Motorboats are by far the strongest product group with a share of 71.9%. The market share will hardly change in the next few years. The sailboats segment, on the other hand, will lose ground, which is due to the fact, that new generation is not that interested in sailing and boating in general says, Hudak as responsible analyst for area of boating.


Hard competition

Shifting demand for sailboats towards catamarans also impacts the production market. A reduction of sailboat producers is already evident today, while the number of catamaran manufacturers is increasing significantly. The competition among the producers is very tough, which increases the pressure on the price, which in turn benefits the customers, as Jan Hudak, author of the study, explains. Bavaria, one of the largest manufacturers in Germany, had to file for bankruptcy last year, but was taken over by an investment fund and was able to continue its business. Other big manufacturers are Frauscher, Grand Soleil, Sirena Marine, Beneteau.

On 18. October 2019 Interconnection Consulting invites to the 1st Boat Congress in Milan under the motto “Sailing Towards a Successful Future”, where the new trends, strategies and visions for boating industry will be presented and discussed. For interested enthusiasts, please contact Mr. Jan Hudak at

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Bad Winds for the Worldwide Boat Market !?

The market for pleasure boats rose worldwide last year by 3.9% to 17.6 billion Eur. Despite the increase, the signs of market saturation are obvious and strong growth in the future is questionable. Thus, the average sales growth will fall below two percent until 2021, according to a new study conducted by Interconnection Consulting.

China stutters


The outlook for the global economy is rated less optimistic in many places than it was last year. This is mainly due to the trade tensions, which make the companies more cautious. Even the Brexit suffering, where the solution is still awaiting makes the markets insecure and affects spending, especially in Europe. With a global market share of 35.8%, the US is by far the largest boat market, followed by Europe with 21.8%. The largest growth market is traditionally the Asian market. So is the region of Southeast Asia with a growth of 9% (2016-17), the strongest growing region in the world. Markets that gain market share through higher growth are e.g. Northwest Africa, Southeast Africa, Australia, the Middle East and China, but in a global merit, they remain rather small. However, the golden times of the former growth engine China are also over. “The slower pace of growth will also affect the surrounding markets in Asia in the medium term,” says Jan Hudak, author of the study.


Catamarans stabilize the market


The fastest growing product segment is catamarans with a CAGR 17-21 of 4.2% in quantity. Sales of this product group increased by 6.2% in 2018. The growth of motorboats will not be quite as spectacular with a CAGR 17-21 of 2.2%. By contrast, sales of sailboats will stagnate over the next few years (CAGR 17-21 -0.1%).


Strong competition


In total there are more than 1,500 boat and catamaran producers worldwide. As a result of rising demand, the number of catamaran manufacturers is rising at the steepest rate, while the number of sailboat producers is falling for the same reasons. The competition among the producers is very tough, which increases the pressure on the price, which benefits customers, as Hudak concludes. Major producers include Beneteau, Azimut, Sirena Marine, Princess, Sunseeker, Brunswick Group, Grand Soleil and Frauscher.

On 18. October 2019 Interconnection Consulting invites to the 1st Boat Congress in Milan under the motto “Sailing Towards a Successful Future”, where the new trends, strategies and visions for boating industry will be presented and discussed. For interested enthusiasts, please contact Mr. Jan Hudak at .

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IC Events

1. Pleasure Boat Congress

On 18 October 2019, we will be launching our 1. Pleasure Boat Congress in Milan, Italy, with the motto “Sailing Towards a Successful Future”.

Our goal is to make the Pleasure Boat Congress an annual setting for debates on various topics that heavily influence the boating industry in terms of strategy and innovation. This year, we are planning to welcome a diverse audience made up of manufacturers, suppliers, boating/yachting enthusiasts, as well as charter and associated business owners.

The development of the boating market is facing a host of challenges, ranging from the current macroeconomic environment, customer preferences, and the (waning) interest in boating among the younger generation, to various technical innovations in materials, engine efficiency, design, and so forth.

Not forgetting the limited space in marinas, the expectations of “sailors” and severe weather, our convention, which aims to identify the best strategies and visions for the future, will serve as the ideal platform for the ongoing success of your business – whether you are a supplier or yacht manufacturer.

Milan has been selected as the most accessible city for manufacturers and attendees from all over Europe and across the globe. This luxurious city also offers many additional perks of delicious cuisine, boutique shopping, and a wealth of cultural destinations.


Angela Woo
Luxury and Shopping Behaviour Expert
Forbes Agency Council

Fabio Planamente
Owner, CEO of Brands Pardo & Grand Soleil
Vice President Italian Marine Association

David Tydeman
Executive Chairman and CEO
Fairline Yachts

Massimiliano Mucchietto
Vice President
Brunswick and Mercury

Dr. Frederik Lehner
CEO & Managing Director
Interconnection Consulting Group

Jan Hudak
Senior Business Development Consultant
Interconnection Consulting Group


Information + Registration:


DOUBLE TICKET (for 2 people from same company) – until July 5th

SINGLE TICKET – Early Bird – until July 5th

DOUBLE TICKET (for 2 people from same company)



Sponsoring-Packages:  Silver I Gold I Diamond

Media Partner: IBI


I am greatly looking forward to seeing you in Milan !
Dr. Frederik Lehner
CEO & Managing Director
InterconnectionConsulting Group

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