Multiplast-Groupe Carboman produces the foils for Figaro 3, the first Bénéteau boat to be fitted with these appendages.
GROUPE BENETEAU, the world leader in the manufacture of cruising boats, has entrusted MULTIPLAST GROUPE CARBOMAN to build the foils for its new monotype in the Figaro Class.
Worldwide request for quotation
In the summer of 2016, Bénéteau Group launched a global tender call to find a subcontractor able to produce the foils for its new cruising monotype designed by VPLP. The goal was ambitious, because the selected yard will have to produce two foils per week for one year, scrupulously respecting both the monotype design and in a strict economic framework.
Selected a few days before the 2016 Nautic, the knowledge of the company from Vannes, not least the technologies used in wind power by Plastinov (closed mould, resin infusion, etc.), enabled Multiplast to take up the challenge.
Samuel Napoléoni, engineer in charge of the project at Multiplast explains : "A first mould section of about 500 mm was quickly machined in order to carry out the process of validation tests. Each test took a week, we ran the process for a fortnight in order to work any "bugs" out of the construction procedure. At the beginning of the year, our objective was to make the manufacturing process strong enough to start mass production. In parallel, we produced the moulds and worked on the ergonomics of the workstation. It provided great satisfaction when at the end of June we took out the first four foils. At that time, we knew that we were on the right path."