Rayglass Boats wins prestigious New Zealand Export Award

Well known in the New Zealand market and internationally as a leading manufacturer of fast inflatable powerboats and luxury pleasure boats, Rayglass Boats was last night confirmed as the winner of the BDO Exporter of the Year (export revenue $1million - $10million) category at the awards held in Auckland.

The Awards, presented by the Hon. Steven Joyce, reward companies that help grow and transform the New Zealand economy by achieving exceptional export success. 

ExportNZ organises the annual awards to celebrate the success of exporters and demonstrate the importance of exporting to the New Zealand economy. Entrants in this year’s awards covered a diverse and broad spectrum of industries, including education providers, high tech manufacturers, tourism operators, internet based service companies, agritech companies and Rayglass Boats.
Rayglass CEO Dave Larsen says the ExportNZ Award is also recognition of how hard the company has to work to continue to succeed internationally. 

"Obviously we a long way from our key markets but what is even more challenging is that those northern hemisphere markets are dramatically different to the domestic market in which we operate here,” he says. "That means our boats, the way they are powered and even the time we spend with each customer need to be very different, too.”

Dave Larsen says key Rayglass staff spend an enormous amount of time researching and understanding exactly how their northern hemisphere customers want to use their boats — and constantly keep a close eye on any emerging trends.

"At Rayglass, the quality of our product and the efficiency of our operations are defined by the customer. Our success depends on creating the right experience for our customers, regardless of whether they are right next door or 12,000 miles away on the other side of the world.” 

Rayglass export their ruggedly stylish Protector RIBs to 27 very diverse countries. They are used in a wide variety of roles: as Coastguard, military, customs, police, patrol and rescue boats; as fast, luxurious tenders to multi-million dollar superyachts; as private pleasure craft and as support boats for major yachting campaigns (such as the America’s Cup where they have been chosen by holders Oracle USA and leading challengers Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis and Softbank Japan). They are also popular in the oil exploration industry, as first responder vessels and in a wide range of other commercial applications. 

Rayglass’s popular Legend range of luxurious 6-12 metre powerboats is the most successful GRP boat brand in New Zealand. It is also the most awarded and is successfully exported to markets throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region. 

The company’s highly innovative Pro-Jet (the world’s first commercially-manufactured PWC-powered RIB) is also an export success and was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Boat Builder Awards at international marine trade expo, METSTRADE. 

Based on the water’s edge in the Auckland, New Zealand, suburb of Mt Wellington, Rayglass employs over 60 people in three state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and is one of New Zealand’s most successful marine businesses, both at home and internationally. 

For more information, please contact:

Dave Larsen
Rayglass Boats Ltd
Phone: (09) 573-7979.