25 August 2015
25 August 2015
Qingdao Victall Railway Group, a global supplier of transportation components, is set to enter the marine segment, extending its concept of locomotive interiors to luxury yachts.
The company adds that it is also particularly known for its integrated lavatory and metal processing.
According to Victall, the new VL550 is a stylish 55-feet boat, built entirely in sandwich composite using Divinycell material. Yacht buyers today demand innovative design features that maximise their onboard experience and comfort, and they want the latest operational technology and cutting-edge marine performance, as well. Composite materials can offer significant advantages when performance is part of the design brief.
Established in 2002, Qingdao Victall Railway and its affiliates says that it is a leading Chinese manufacturer of modular products and parts for high-speed trains, intercity trains and other transportation equipment. The company also offers after-sales service at many Chinese locations, as well as a service network in Europe and North America. Qingdao Victall Railway employs more than 3,000 people through its four wholly owned subsidiaries and two rail-related joint venture operations.
Qingdao Victall Railway Group says it has a lot of experience from working with composite materials and with both DIAB and CCG supporting the VL550 project, the success was given. CCG provided full support on all aspects of the construction and assisted with the laminating and infusion of the first yacht. DIAB Technical service offered help on material selection. Several varieties of Divinycell were used and the mould for the VL550 was also made using Divinycell material.
The VL550 yacht is a stylish 55-feet vessel with a designed speed of 28 knots. However, when first launched in December 2014, the boat reached 31 knots with excellent acceleration performance. The driving experience is said to be very stable and comfortable.
Photo provided by DIAB.
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