Amer Yachts ditches fibreglass in favour of sustainable materials

2 August 2019

Permare Group’s Amer Yachts has announced it is ditching fibreglass in an effort to commit to sustainable yacht production.

Instead, the builder has committed to constructing yachts out of the volcanic fibre Filava, which is composed of “enriched basalt”.

Unlike fibreglass, the material is “completely recyclable”, with Amer claiming it can be “recycled indefinitely”.

A rendering of the Amer 136

To mark its commitment to innovative eco construction, the Italian builder has signed an agreement with GS4C, the exclusive agent for the material in Europe.

GS4C will also design and build the first non-structural Filava based element that will feature in the yard’s next new superyacht.

Filava based materials

Amer said the Filava material is softer and easier to handle than fibreglass, as well as having higher fire resistance.

It is primed to “set a new standard for sustainable composite manufacturing,” the yard said.

More details about the yard’s commitment to the sustainable material will be revealed at the Genoa International Boat Show in September.