In Mid 2020; Ribcraft UK was acquired by UK Entrepreneur, Toby Adams; with aims to expand the business in governmental, military and securities sectors, as well as focusing on enhanced after-sales support.
Ribcraft was founded in the late eighties and has since gained an enviable reputation as the leading British builder of reliable and superbly manufactured Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS). Toby Adams was introduced to Ribcraft in 2009 when co-founding the award winning global franchise, The Yellow Boats. Ribcraft Rigid Inflatable Boats provided the platform for success in what has become a leading brand in the tourism sector.
Due to a global demand caused by BREXIT, opportunities have opened for Ribcraft’s acknowledged high performance patrol boats. As the demand of RIBs increases, Toby had undertaken a licence to manufacture in the United Arab Emirates and supplying the Ribcraft’s boats across the Middle East, before acquiring Ribcraft UK.
Toby explains that present and future plans for the business are focused on enhanced after-sales support, with a view to ensuring the reputation built up by the company since the 1980s continues to reflect Ribcraft’s core values of reliability, durability and unquestionable quality. Alongside this, there will be a strong focus on new and existing military and global demand in this sector.
Additionally, Ribcraft’s target is to be more environmentally sustainable, to achieve this, carbon offsetting and the Launch of the new Ribcraft Hybridge range- these boats are designed to be the most advance environmentally friendly patrol boats in the world.
Toby’s thoughts on his takeover:
Toby says, ‘I am really excited to be investing in and heading up this British manufacturer and it is good to be part of a very positive story at this time. We are currently focusing on putting key people in place as well as looking at recruiting and expanding the Yeovil factory.’
Building on existing foundations will enable Ribcraft to build on its existing reputation and become a truly global operation.