Plastic and Shapes: Marine water heaters in search of a buyer

Distribution of Elgena water heaters to be taken back

Plastic et Formes, a company known in the nautical industry for the distribution of Elgena water heaters, is looking for a buyer. A decision explained to us by its leader Marc-Antoine Buzolich.

A specialist in thermoforming for motorhomes and water sports

Plastic et Formes was created around the know-how of plastic moulding. Very active in the field of recreational vehicles, the company supplied the main French motorhome manufacturers with thermoformed parts for their kitchens and bathrooms until 2018. These elements were made with specific moulds according to the customer's specifications. Plastic et Formes still produces standard parts for the construction industry and works with Belgian and Italian colleagues in other niche markets related to recreational vehicles.

Elgena water heater

In addition to thermoforming, Plastic et Formes developed at the end of the 1990s an import activity for German Elgena water heaters, based in Munich, Bavaria. Built in stainless steel and available in 12V, 24V or 230V, with tanks with a capacity of up to 50 L and powers up to 1000 W, they quickly found their place on board boats in addition to the usual clientele of Plastic et Formes motorhomes.

Absent from the 1st lift, Elgena water heaters are most often integrated into the on-board water circuit in the 2nd lift, at the request of boaters. The company also works on this market with van or 4x4 fitters.

Retirement and rising turnover

Marc-Antoine Buzolich now wishes to hand over the reins to a buyer. "I'm 75 years old and I'd like to take care of something else. I have an RV I would like to use and I have a sailboat I have never been able to take care of in the last 20 years!".

The Elgena business is doing well," says the manager. "The turnover of the sale of water heaters increased from ?28,260 in 2015, to ?36,000 in 2016 and to ?51,480 in 2017. I don't have the 2018 figures yet," Marc-Antoine Buzolich explains. "One of the mandatory conditions is to speak German, or at least English." The sale could take several forms, ranging from the complete activity of Plastic et Formes to a transaction limited to the distribution card for Elgena water heaters.

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