Capelli Shipyards: majority to RMK of Turkish billionaire Rahmi Koç

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The dockside rumors have been telling this tale for quite some time now, and today comes the officialdom:
RMK Capital AG
makes its entry into the share capital by acquiring a majority stake in
Capelli Shipyards
. The private group is headed by Rahmi M. Koç, among Turkey’s most powerful businessmen.

Capelli Shipyards: the majority becomes Turkish

The agreement between the two parties is official and provides for RMK’s entry into Capelli’s share capital with a majority stake and the initiation of a strategic partnership between RMK and Umberto Capelli that will see the latter retain a minority stake and serve as CEO.

The entry of the group specializing in investment in the maritime sector aims to develop the Italian shipyard’s production and industrial growth. Capelli, at this point, has a number of new recreational boat models and growth in the international market in his sights.

At the same time, the possibility of starting a production line in Turkey is also under consideration. Founded in 1974, Cantieri Capelli currently offers 48 models of inflatable boats from 2.20 m. 15 m. and 18 fiberglass motor boat models up to 10 meters.

Mr. Rahmi M. Koç said, “I greatly value our relationship with Capelli, a brand that occupies a unique position in the maritime world. Through this partnership, I firmly believe that we will also create significant synergies with East Marine, among the leaders in the maritime distribution market and currently the exclusive distributor of Capelli in Turkey. We are therefore excited to welcome a new era. I am confident that Capelli will take his success even further with the new boat models he will build and the commissioning of the new plant in Turkey. On the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic, I hope that this partnership, which will contribute to the progress of our country’s maritime industry, will be beneficial to all.”

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