FROM PANEL TO TURNKEY
Integration of the new Prima Power line has allowed De Wave to redesign its operating assets, as already mentioned, by bringing a greater percentage of the production of panelled 'shells' in-house, but also by bringing back others which were also previously outsourced, such as the production of wet units carried out in the company's Polish factories.
"The Monfalcone plant," Malatesta continues, "where we currently process about 200,000 square metres of finished panels per year, has an average of about 80 employees spread across the various departments and working on several process lines."
These process lines include the new PSBB, as well as a semi-automatic, continuous-flow assembly line serviced by two robots (one for cutting the insulation and the other spraying the glue), flanked by two press brakes and a punching machine. There is also a profiling machine for making staves, and a shear.
"We have kept some manual panel assembly stations as a backup," continues Malatesta, "to cover for plant downtime, maintenance work or extreme work peaks."
In this regard, new investments in technology (also at the Monfalcone site) have already been planned with a view to continuous improvement and growth, thus further enhancing and optimising production flow, both with additions and replacements of machines that have now become obsolete.
"The company's vision," Malatesta concludes, "is to integrate the entire plant engineering side of shipbuilding with the visible production, specifically panels, ceilings and wet units. That’s why we’re moving into the market not only with investments in technology, but also with company acquisitions so that we can provide an ever more complete turnkey service."
In short, to present itself as an increasingly global manufacturer and contractor able to cover the entire range of interior fittings for cruise ships, large yachts and riverboats, both new and refitted.