History of Southern Spars

A history of firsts

We pride ourselves on continually pushing technology beyond its accepted limits and regularly leading the spar industry in rig developments.


1989

Southern Spars formed


1990

Our first carbon fibre mast produced for 106' cruising yacht Espirit, a 40m, 5-spreader mast


2000

Southern Spars acquires Omohundro
Southern Spars acquired by North Marine Group, now called the North Technology Group


2004

Aramid Rigging acquired by Southern Spars
One Design factory opens in Auckland, New Zealand
Composite Rigging factory opens in Rhode Island, USA
Rig Pro service division launched


 2005

First use of Element C6+ on Farr 60 Numbers
Southern Spar opens custom marine components business, Precision Marine Limited, in Auckland, New Zealand


 2006

Southern Spars and Marten Spars merge


 2008

Manufacturing operation expands: two new facilities established in Sri Lanka to expand production
Southern Spars acquires Southern Spars and Sparcraft Cape Town - manufacturers of carbon fibre and aluminium masts in South Africa
Southern Spars signs license agreement with Compotech, for exclusive rights to Zero Degree Axial Fibre Laying process technology within marine industry


 2009

GL approval For EC6


 2010

Southern Spars purchases Nordic Masts and renames the Danish operation Southern Spars Europe
New Zealand headquarters and Custom Projects manufacturing moves to one centralised location in Jomac Place, Rosebank, Auckland
Innovative products are introduced for superyachts such as EC6 Hybrid rigging and the Southern Furl Boom


 2011

Implementation of new leading edge technologies with robotised manufacturing, thin ply technology (TPT) - from sister company North Sails - and nanotechnology
TPT technology is utilised for mast manufacturing with a TP52 the first yacht to carry the new TPT rig