akf bank is presenting itself at the boot 2012 with some interesting finance offers for the water sports sector. In this respect “marinefinanz” – the finance concept of akf bank for the nautical segment – wishes to make its mark in the area of high quality yachts in the future. The target: to advance to become one of the leading yacht financers in Germany and the Netherlands.
“Individually designed funding offers for the boat sector are more demanded than ever”, according to Sandra Hein, Authorised Signatory at akf bank and Manager of Marine Finance – the finance concept of akf bank for the boat sector. Particularly against the background of the recovery in the business in 2010 and 2011, the finance service provider is now attaching great importance especially to offering tailored finance solutions for high quality yachts. Sandra Hein on the reasons for this: “The trend in the sector is clearly going in the direction of funding high quality yachts, and it is particularly here that we are excellently positioned with our very high level of specialised know-how.” The uppermost objective of the special finance provider in all this is to avert any kind of risk from the customer.
Professional consultation in the initial phases
Whereas many banks have withdrawn from yacht finance due to the economic crisis, akf Group – with its strong shareholders, the family-owned Vorwerk Group and the Bankhaus Lampe Group, which belongs to the Oetker Group – has managed to secure a stable and aspiring position in the business, particularly among customers for high quality yachts. Sandra Hein specifically attributes this to the professional, personal consultation provided by the financial services provider. “We just don’t have standard regulations”, says Hein. In reality, customers receive individual offers tailored to suit their requirements. “However, to ensure that the customer is always on the safe side, there always some specific formalities that have to be satisfied”, emphasises the Authorised Signatory.
Expansion into the Netherlands
The expansion into the Netherlands is something that is right at the top of Sandra Hein’s agenda. In view of the high number of customers in this market that have an affinity for yachts, “marinefinanz” sees good opportunities for gaining market share here. “On account of our profound expertise, I am sure that we shall be able to advance to become one of the leading financers of yachts in Germany and the Netherlands”, says a convinced Sandra Hein, Manager of Marine Finance.
On the occasion of the boot 2012 in Düsseldorf (21st to 29th January 2012), akf Group is once again looking forward to a strong response to its customised funding offers for the yacht and boat sector. Visitors to the boot 2012 will find the Wuppertal-based special financier in Hall 7a D24.
Abb.: Logo “marinefinanz”
Abb.: Sandra Hein, Authorised Signatory at akf bank and Manager of Marine Finance
akf bank at a glance
The Wuppertal-based akf Group is positioned as a classic finance partner of small and medium-sized enterprises. On the market now for more than four decades, akf bank, akf leasing and akf servicelease offer a product portfolio that is specifically tailored to meet the financial requirements of medium-sized customers. This ranges from dealer finance through floor finance to the direct funding of investment goods for medium-sized enterprises. The target customers come from the metalworking and metal processing sector, the plastics and graphical industries. Additionally, manufacturers and buyers of cars, commercial vehicles, boats and agricultural technology can also be numbered among these customer groups. The most essential elements of the service-orientated financier of medium-sized companies from Wuppertal are personal commitment, individual funding solutions and a close proximity to customers thanks to regional competence centres. The product portfolio is rounded off with a secure and transparent deposit-taking investment operation. Moreover, the Wuppertal-based company can boast strong and renowned shareholders: the family-owned Vorwerk Group (90.1%) and the Bankhaus Lampe Group (9.9%) – a member of the Oetker Group. More under www.akf.de
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