Giuseppe Bertocci, Production
Q: What characterises your production department?
A: From the fibreglass area to carpentry, through to assembly and finishing, we can say that the department I lead is the heart of the company; it is where our product is born and grows. In other words, we use glue – that is, resin – and glass fibres – that is a liquid and a fabric – to make the so-called body, which is the structure of the boat. Our woodwork department, with its own robotic storage system and a CNC pantograph, cuts the inner structures of the boat that will make up our ISS system, that is the skeleton of the boat. Then we have our finishing division, the last step before moving on to assembly.
Q: How did your passion for the marine industry come about?
A: Initially it was just a necessity, but it quickly turned into love at first sight. It was a real springboard to take flight. I worked for 40 years in the marine industry, with passion and dedication, always moving forward with enthusiasm and determination, until I became one of the members of the Absolute team.
Q: The new shipyard has some specific features. Can you tell us about them?
A: At the time – it was 2008 – the site was immediately conceived with innovative ideas and attention to sustainability. I am talking about the choice of using a geothermal heating and cooling system, with a lower environmental impact. Special attention is also paid to our working environment, which should always be pleasant, safe and functional – with temperatures of 18-20°C degrees in winter and not higher than 23-24°C in summer. Our sheds are suitable for our work and comfortable for our workers, with a proper air recirculation system. Over the years the shipyard has been further improved by building or changing its areas with an intelligent logistics system, for both handling and for work systems. However, the most important feature of our shipyard and its working system is the people, who really make a difference. Using qualified personnel makes us a competitive team.
Q: How do you integrate the work done in the shipyard with the work done in other departments?
A: Communication is the binding force between production, the work done in our offices and business decisions. Discussing and addressing various topics with a creative, constructive approach allow us to team up, integrate our business departments, make common decisions and achieve shared goals. Pooling our skills is essential. For example, the staff in our production department includes designers and engineers who perhaps, in other shipyards, would just sit behind their desks in a design office. In this way, a significant contribution to our optimisation process is made by professionals who are physically close to our production processes. This assure our customers that their Absolute boat is built in a solid, concrete way, that is, optimised not only for us manufacturers today, but also for their users tomorrow.
Q: Each boat hull, each body has a different soul. Your division starts right from the hull, in the fibreglass department. How has production changed over the years?
A: We touch and build each internal and external fibreglass component with our own hands; it is never a photocopy of the previous one. Working with fibreglass is a craft, with traditions and procedures that have remained unchanged over time. At Absolute, we continue to use a manual layering process but, obviously, and in step with the times, we also have the latest machinery and equipment to support each step of the process, and to help our craftsmen by controlling air quality and humidity levels, for example. Corporate Media KIT
Q: Communication is an important factor in the shipyard. Can you tell us why?
A: As I said before, work in a shipyard is based on communication. When we design a new boat, every department contributes with their own experience and knowledge to improving or facilitating production, while respecting the initial design concept.
In our shipyard, fitters and engineers are connected in real time via an integrated IT platform, which allows them to communicate any changes or request assistance in real time, supported by the relevant specifications. Communicating in this way ensures immediate action and quality control of the highest level.
Q: What happens in the finishing department?
A: It is one of the new departments designed and created in-house, including with new generation systems. Our boats are assembled in this department, which is organised in two lines: line A is where we assemble the hull/deck and seal the two components with fibreglass only; in line B, we finish the bodywork and polish our fibreglass bodies or components. Even here, technology supports manual skills to speed up the work and achieve better results. This includes ceiling-mounted air hose reels, to let the air hoses into boat bodies or rewind them as necessary using an iPad-controlled automated system.