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With almost 70 years of boat manufacturing behind them, you can't help but recognise Steber International is operating under a great business model.
Established in 1946 in Sydney building clinker style runabouts, the family owned company now operates from a modern, four acre factory complex in Taree with export success built around customisation.
Over 40 vessels have been exported to date with customers coming from Dubai, Singapore, Seychelles, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Oman.
"We are also in the process of establishing a distributorship in Shanghai to tap into the growing Chinese market," said Managing Director, Alan Steber.
"Steber manufacture fibreglass commercial and recreational boats ranging in size from 20 to 65 ft, offering an almost endless variety of custom fit-out options reflecting the company's 'can do' attitude," he said.
"We also refurbish and re-power existing craft, have diversified into manufacturing a wide range of fibreglass components to client requirements and also carry out survey work and valuation reports for insurance companies".
As an example of Steber's "can do" attitude over the past 12 months the company has:
. completed five navy vessels as well as various refit services
. provided Thales with a 34 ft drone-towing and retrieving vessel proposal and solution
  for the Australian Department of Defence
. worked with Solar Sailor/OCIUS to complete SSS Bluebottle (unmanned surface vessel)
  models for tank testing
. completed market research scale models
. manufactured, tested and delivered a hydrographic survey vessel for the Port of Melbourne
. built and delivered a 38 ft marine rescue vessel based at Forster
. built and delivered a 38 ft research vessel for the Northern Territory Department of Primary
  Industry and Fisheries
. repairs and refits included yachts, 46ft fishing vessel, 38ft charter cruiser, horse floats,
  mobile homes and caravans
. assist designer in manufacturing of a vertical wind turbine prototype
. assist designer with tooling to manufacture concrete blocks for coastal erosion protection
. manufacture playground and pool equipment
Innovation through research and development has helped the business re-invent itself over the years, ensuring continued growth in a crowded and competitive market space.