Wichard Group acquires Ronstan

Ronstan Orbit Winches

The Wichard Group, which specialises in the design, manufacture and distribution of products for the marine OEM, aftermarket and industrial markets, has acquired Australian equipment manufacturer Ronstan.

Wichard Group says the acquisition of Ronstan, which produces sailing equipment, industrial and architectural products, strengthens the group’s position in the deck fittings sector, while expanding its product portfolio and offering growth opportunities in global markets.

Founded in 1953 by Ron Allatt and Stan Lenepveu and headquartered in Braeside, Victoria, Ronstan specialises in the design and manufacture of blocks, winches, track systems and other essential equipment for sailing, boating and water sports.

“With Ronstan becoming part of the Wichard Group, we have achieved a major milestone in the development of our strategy as a manufacturer and seller to the global marine and safety sectors,” says Jean-Claude Ibos, president of the group. “We are now in a position to meet the needs and expectations of our customers worldwide with a comprehensive range of products and expertise. This strengthens the consistency of our positioning based on performance and safety. We are all very excited about the upcoming partnerships and challenges to be met. Our new partners share our team spirit, which was essential, and I’d like to thank them.”

Scot West, managing director of Ronstan, adds: “As manufacturers, our expertise and manufacturing processes go hand in hand, as do our sales and distribution networks and the product ranges we offer to the global sailing community. Like the other entities in the Wichard Group, Ronstan is also active in specific industrial sectors such as safety and architecture.”

With the acquisition of Ronstan, the Wichard Group now has over 550 employees worldwide and a turnover of €100m. The group’s product range, which already included aluminium and carbon masts, sail furlers, deck fittings, safety equipment and ropes, will now include a range of winches, tracks, blocks and other accessories.

The Wichard Group becomes the owner of Ronstan International Pty Ltd, which remains the parent company of all Ronstan Group companies. The management of Ronstan will be continuing in their current positions.

Main image: Ronstan orbit winches.

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