Linssen Yachts’ boats are renowned for their graceful lines and excellent handling performance. Tata Steel’s strategic manufacturing partnership ensures the boat builder stays ahead of its rivals – in the marketplace and on the water.
Linssen Yachts must access consistently high-performance steel for its unique ‘in series’ production process to maintain its competitive advantage.
Using its distinctive partnering approach, Tata Steel developed an innovative combination of S235 steel product and Linssen Yachts’ unparalleled manufacturing process to create ultra-smooth hulls that glide through the water.
Linssen Yachts has earned its global reputation on state-of-the-art cruisers and motor yachts made from steel. The company’s exclusive use of S235 steel is true testament to the quality of Tata Steel’s product.
Tata Steel’s hot-rolled S235 steel supplied to luxury boat builder.
High quality properties
S235 is high strength, has excellent formability, and is easily weldable.
Specialist product enables a high end-quality finish.
Wide range of products
S235 produced in various sheet sizes and gauges.
Advanced technology creates dream boats
Linssen Yachts needed a reliable, secure source of steel that consistently performed at the highest level, for use in its unique ‘in series’ production process. Fundamental to the end-quality of its vessels, this process, when combined with premium, consistent steel, creates ultra-smooth hulls that glide through the water.
Direct delivery enhances production
Linssen Yachts takes several stages to shape and craft state-of-the-art boats in its main production hall. Its unique manufacturing process involves:
- Using a plasma-cutting machine to turn tension-free sheets into components
- Welding components together to form the hull
- Blast cleaning the structure to maximise smoothness
Flow-production system is unrivalled
After the application of various layers of filler and paint, the hull is complete, but empty on the inside. At this point it is moved to one of three Logicam-production lines. This technology is a flow-production system where the yachts are fitted out with:
- Floors, interior, furniture and windows
To ensure optimum quality control, Linssen Yachts produces all the required modules in-house, which are then fitted in the yacht. After each production phase the yachts move through the hall to the next stage, until the product is complete.
Series production is a singular and deliberate choice, ensuring unsurpassed quality. Maintaining this level of quality and craftsmanship requires consistent steel grades that match Linssen Yachts' expert production capability and ensure that the company maintains its market-leading position.
Relationship building boosts manufacturing capability
A thorough understanding of Linssen Yachts’ particular performance needs meant Tata Steel grasped the importance of supplying structural steel that was:
- Exceptionally strong
- Highly formable
- Easily weldable
Using world-class steel for high-performance hulls
After confirming the technical requirements, Tata Steel established that its S235 structural steel was ideal, due to a number of key factors:
- It is exceptionally consistent, ensuring the highest-quality finish every time
- S235 plates are especially flat and tension-free – ideal for high performance boats
Developing global best practice in yacht building
Technical standards in the production of Linssen Yachts are exceedingly high due to the firm’s commitment to deliver the best quality possible. Its product development team focuses on:
- Continuous product and process innovation
- Incorporating the very latest techniques into yacht building practice worldwide
Productive dialogue revealed that the combination of S235 steel and Linssen Yachts’ unique ‘in series’ production process would deliver:
- Extremely smooth hulls that cut rapidly through the water
- Much less use of filler than rivals, creating a higher quality product
Delivering total supply chain efficiency
Tata Steel’s supply chain partner, MCB Stahl, delivers S235 steel plates directly to the manufacturing facility of Linssen Yachts.
Tata Steel also works closely with the customer in a development partnership across the complete supply chain to provide:
- Specified technical support
- Material expertise
The effective combination of this expertise results in a process that enables Linssen Yachts to use S235 steel in a number of applications.
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