AITAC and VERHAAREN NAVAL ARCHITECTS open new company in France 

PRESS RELEASE | September, 2015
AITAC, Marine & Offshore Engineering, continues its growth strategy to open up new European market. As of August 2015 the company started operations in France with the newly established company under French law, AITAC S.A.S. in cooperation with VERHAAREN NAVAL ARCHITECTS which is mostly involved in the naval architecture and design of yachts, naval and passenger vessels.

The main purpose of cooperation is to join partners’ knowledge, capacities, experience and brand in order to strengthen and increase their current position on the European market.

AITAC SAS vision is to become a leading partner in marine Design, Naval Architecture and Engineering for shipyards and ship-owners.

Thanks to its partners’ experiences and strong positions, AITAC SAS will be able to provide a whole and comprehensive design and engineering package for sophisticated type of vessels that are in line with new adopted AITAC M&OE mission – Engineering Seagoing Challenges.

To our clients, AITAC SAS will bring into play challenging and innovative designs, a skilful team of more than 40 engineers with lot of enthusiasm, motivation and commitment while enjoying seamless and efficient engineering by using state-of-the-art technologies.

Having now in our portfolio AITAC doo (Croatia), AITAC GmbH (Germany), AITAC SAS (France) with related engineering and design teams we have closed one phase of AITAC growth combining famous French innovation and design, well known German quality and Croatian work dedication and reliability with competitive price in engineering.

“We are extremely pleased to join forces with such an outstanding partner as Thierry Verhaaren. We have been working with Thierry and his team for more than five years on mutual projects in ship design and engineering, and we are now ready to move our cooperation to the next level. French market has always been a priority and of strategic importance for us, especially regarding Yachts and Naval vessels. We believe that there is much room for increasing our market position in France and Europe for the benefit of our customers, and creating a new company will allow us to do it more efficiently.” – said Mr. Marijan Lorencin, Managing Partner (AITAC).

„Complementary strategies, shared long-term visions, same ongoing desire to work on challenging projects and to adopt new knowledge, same consistent business principles and high commitment to deliver the best services to our clients are just some of the reasons why we decided to establish AITAC SAS with our Croatian partner. We firmly believe that the new company will open up new market opportunities for us, due to the many years of experience we have designing fast naval vessels, passenger vessels and yachts on one hand and AITAC’s wide international experience not only in engineering but also as an expert Software partner of Dassault Systèmes. We expect our position to grow on the French and European shipbuilding market in the coming years. – said Mr. Thierry Verhaaren, Managing Director (VERHAAREN NAVAL ARCHITECTS).

AITAC SAS was officially established on August 2015, in Cherbourg, France. Our clients, partners and friends are most welcome to visit us at our premises, from Monday-Friday from 9h-18h. Additional information can be found on our web site and on AITAC Facebook page.


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AITAC ( is an international company, with more than 15 years of experience in two main fields: Marine & Offshore Engineering (based in Croatia and Germany) and PLM Solutions and Consultancy (based in Netherlands).

Within our headquarters in Croatia, we provide engineering and design services to design offices, shipyards and engineering companies. Using the most appropriate tools such as CATIA, our team of 33 skilled and highly educated mechanical engineers and naval architects provides the following: ship concept design, naval architect studies and calculations, outfitting design, detail design and manufacturing drawings and data. 

AITAC is the expert Software Partner of Dassault Systèmes, a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, for CATIA in Marine industry. Our PLM team in the Netherlands has a broad experience of tools and applications development on top of V4, V5 and 3DEXPERIENCE products, using CAA or VB. From methodologies to developing a PLM strategy to PLM solutions evaluation, AITAC helps clients on efficient using PLM and CAD, along with essential support. We are heavily focused on bringing to the client our innovative methodologies and smart tools on top of CATIA. 

Our list of clients contains of the most respected world companies in the field of engineering and shipbuilding such as: Meyer Werft (Germany), Kleven (Norway), Abu Dhabi MAR (UAE), Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (France), Piriou Shipyard (France), South East Asia Shipyard (Vietnam) and many others.

AITAC headquartersis in Croatia while other offices are in the Netherlands (our co-owners AITAC BV), Germany (daughter company AITAC GmbH) and newest company in France (AITAC SAS).

Verhaaren Naval Architects( is an independent Naval Architecture and Design studio which was founded in 2004 by naval architect Thierry Verhaaren. For more than 30 years, Thierry Verhaaren has been designing fast military vessels, passenger vessels and yachts, including Destriero which broke the speed record across the Atlantic in 1992. He has acquired his experience of design, project management, shipbuilding and sea trials in several shipyards, in France and abroad. This knowledge enables him to design all types of ships requested by ship owners whilst taking into account the shipbuilder’s point of view. This also helps in managing projects to achieve a balance between the ship owner’s requirements and the shipyard’s industrial constraints.

Verhaaren Naval Architectscan quote amongst their prestigious clients:Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (France), Abu Dhabi MAR (UAE), Brittany Ferries, Espen Oeino international...

Verhaaren Naval Architects headquarter is in France (Besneville), having representation in Monaco and in Abu Dhabi (UAE).

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