PALFINGER signs Joint Venture with Chinese Lifeboat manufacturer Neptune


Today, Palfinger Marine GmbH, headquartered in Salzburg (Austria), and Jiangyin Neptune Marine Appliance Co. Ltd, headquartered in Jiangyin (People’s Republic of China), entered into a global sales and service cooperation agreement. One of the main pillars of the agreement is the establishment of a joint venture in China. The joint venture will be named “Palfinger Neptune Ltd.” with registered offices in Shanghai and Jiangyin. Each party will own 50%.


Palfinger Neptune Ltd. will become the exclusive dealer of Neptune and PALFINGER lifesaving appliances, spare parts and services in the defined joint venture sales area, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. PALFINGER will become the exclusive global dealer of Neptune products and the service partner for Neptune products outside of the joint venture area under the PALFINGER brand.


Felix Strohbichler, member of the Executive Board of PALFINGER AG: “Becoming a strong partner of the Asian-Pacific shipbuilding industry based on our comprehensive marine product portfolio and our global service setup is one of our chief goals. The cooperation with Neptune, one of the top players in the Asian lifesaving boats and davits market, will enable PALFINGER to take a leading market position in Asia as well, especially in the fast-growing cruise market in China. The lifeboats and davits product portfolios of Neptune and PALFINGER are a perfect fit for the Asian market as well as for the global market.”


Hanshou Hua, Chairman of Neptune: “PALFINGER’s product design for cruise lifeboats and tender boats combined with Neptune’s access to the north-east Asian market are the main ingredients for a successful cooperation. Both parties show strength in differing market segments and geographical regions. PALFINGER will be a strong global service partner to Neptune, and Neptune a strong partner within the JV area. Through the cooperation with PALFINGER, Neptune will become the biggest Chinese lifeboat manufacturer.”


The establishment of the cooperation and the joint venture is subject to closing conditions.





As a global partner for innovative and reliable deck equipment and lifesaving appliances, PALFINGER supplies high-quality products to fulfill standardized and customized demands. Supported worldwide by a network of experienced and skilled specialists, we provide flexible and efficient service solutions. Our portfolio gives a competitive edge for customers in the maritime and offshore industry.


About Neptune

Jiangyin Neptune Marine Appliance Co., Ltd., established in 2003, is located in Yuecheng Town, Jiangyin City (People’s Republic of China). The company specialises in designing and manufacturing lifeboats, rescue boats and marine appliances made of fibreglass-reinforced plastics. Neptune Lifesaving Appliances have been approved by several class societies, including ABS, BV, CCS, DNV•GL, EC, KR, LR, NK, RINA and RMRS. Jiangyin Neptune was invited by ILAMA to be the unprecedented first Chinese member in 2008. The lifesaving appliances designed and manufactured by Jiangyin Neptune comply with SOLAS and all its amendments and the LSA code and are tested in accordance with MSC. 81 (70) and its latest resolutions.


PALFINGER (CEO Andreas Klauser) is a leading international manufacturer of innovative lifting solutions for use on commercial vehicles, ships and stationary equipment. Based in Bergheim, Austria, the PALFINGER Group develops and produces leading solutions for its customers and partners all over the world. With more than 11,000 employees and over 5,000 sales and service centers, PALFINGER is close to the market and to its customers.

As a technology leader, the company also drives digitalization, electrification and autonomous systems as central components for future solutions and products in order to secure a long term partnership and success with its customers.

Convinced that sustainable thinking and acting significantly contributes to economic success, PALFINGER takes social, ecological and economic responsibility along the entire value chain.

With this vision and conviction to offer the most efficient and innovative solutions for its customers and partners, PALFINGER generated total sales of EUR 1.75 billion in 2019.


For further information please contact:

Hannes Roither | Company Spokesperson | PALFINGER AG
T +43 662 2281-81100 |

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