Offshore windfarm support vessels built to the DNV classification must be fitted with seats complying with Annex 10, which came into force earlier this year. KPM Marine is the only company currently producing a seat which satisfies both this requirement and complies with the EU’s whole body vibration regulations.
Parts and systems had initially been developed for use on KPM’s own racing cars and boats but with the continued success and demand for KPM Products in the marine industry its marine business has overtaken its automotive race business.
In 2010 at the Seawork commercial marine exhibition, KPM-Marine won the Vessel Design & Construction category for the KPM-Marine Scotseat suspension system.
New Annex 10 crew 100 seat undergoing the 12g crash test
Julian Morgan, Joint Owner and Design Director at KPM Marine, reports that further success at Seawork 2011 has taken his breath away. Seawork 2012 will see the stand increasing by 100% once again.
Four weeks after Seawork 2011, KPM Marine took £1/2million worth of orders for the company’s systems, pumps and seats in one day – and Julian is convinced it’s all down to their presence at Seawork and in Maritime Journal.
A new Sea-Ka-No modular system of interiors has been jointly developed between KPM and South Boats Special Projects. Its launch at Seawork generated a huge amount of interest, including an enthusiastic response from ferry operators, who identified that the system would allow for an increase in vessel capability by virtue of the ability to install seats for the summer but take them out for the winter, creating additional cargo space.
In 2003 the Duke of York looked over Rikki Hill’s V24 ‘Bat boat’ under the watchful eye of Jules Morgan, owner and design director of KPM Marine and founder member of Idea Birmingham.
KPM marine is the trading brand of MA Lloyd which has been in business for over 160 years at the same site in Birmingham. Started by Mary Ann Lloyd the business specialised in stationery equipment for the British Empire. The factory diversified in the manufacture of Spitfire parts and motorcycles during the war years. Unbelievably most of the tooling still exists for these products as do some of the machines. Some of the products such as deed and ballot boxes are still made to this day. KPM with its modern equipment and skills continues to build upon this heritage.