Come and meet Hyde Sails at METS

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Come and meet Hyde Sails at METS

Come and meet Hyde Sails at METS

High quality, competitively priced sails for a worldwide market

    Following a highly successful year of strong international growth, Hyde Sails will be exhibiting in the UK Pavilion at METS this November, stand number 03.410 where you can meet the team and find out more about Hyde’s and what makes their sails such an attractive choice.

    As one of the largest volume sailmakers worldwide, Hyde currently produces some 45,000 sails a year for a range of dinghies, one-design keelboats, custom racing and cruising yachts. The company is also the sole supplier to a number of builders including LaserPerformance, Hartley Marine and LDC Racing Sailboats as well as supplying Northshore Yachts’ Southerly range and TUI Marine.

International growth

    As well as its strong UK base, Hyde Sails has been busy expanding its famous brand to key markets around the world. A year after the official launch of its distributor network at METS, Hyde Sails now has distributors in 12 countries, ranging from Australia to Denmark, Hong Kong, Turkey and New Zealand. Export sales have more than doubled over the past two years and some 25% of the company’s business is now overseas.

    The aim of the Hyde Distributor Network Partnership is to provide each distributor with unrivalled support for selling, servicing, marketing and production. The Distributors sell Hyde branded sails to their local market having been supplied direct from the Hyde Sail loft in the Philippines. This opportunity for having direct contact with Hyde’s own sail loft allows competitive pricing and consistent, high quality standards.

Setting the standard

    Hyde Sails has always led the way when it comes to delivering high quality sails at a competitive price. While the company’s head office and service loft are based in the

    UK, production is based in the Philippines. Five years ago the company established a new 20,000sq ft sail loft in Cebu. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK Company this has since expanded to 55,000sq ft (5,500 sq m).

    Run by General Manager Ian Flanders and Technical Manager Martin Newman - who between them have over 30 years’ experience of working with Hyde’s - the loft has

    gone from strength to strength, with production more than double that of five years ago. The loft’s highly skilled staff now number 200 working two shifts five days a week to keep up with the demand which now accounts for an output of some 40,000+ sails each year.

    Meanwhile, Hyde’s 3,000sq ft service loft and head office in the UK offers the perfect support network, with a talented design team which continues the Hyde tradition of leading the way when it comes to performance.

A full package

    Richard Franks, Hyde’s Sales and Marketing Director commented: ‘Hyde is in a unique position to deliver high quality, competitively-priced sails worldwide. The team in the Philippines is highly skilled, and with the expansion of the Cebu loft as

well as our service facility in the UK, we can offer high volume, top quality products

    and a comprehensive support package that’s second to none.’

    To find out what Hyde Sails can do for you, come and meet the team at METS on stand number 03.410. Alternatively contact Richard Franks:

Richard Franks

    Sales & Marketing Director

    Hyde Sails

    T +44 (0) 1489 563422 (direct line)

    M +44 (0) 7932105958


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