Initially when I restarted the winch production in 2017 the winches were made at a CNC facility in Germany. Sadly due to production and quality issues that did not work out.
In the course of 2018 though I had the extreme luck of chancing on Hans Sturm, the engineer who originally designed the winches when Meissner started in Hellevoetsluis and later in Middelburg. At the time Meissner pioneered lightweight, aluminium racing winches which met with immediate success on a number of offshore racing yachts as well as many cruising yachts. In 1996 Hans started his own CNC facility and, besides his continued design work, from then on, he was also responsible for the production of thousands of winches until Meissner was sold to the multi-national Holmatro in 2004. Most of the production moved to Holmatro’s own factory although Hans continued to do CNC work for Holmatro as well. He then proceeded to expand his company into a booming business with a staff of 15 experienced engineers and among others, 14 state of the art CNC machines. (www.sturmmach.nl). The factory is located in Serooskerke in the south of Holland near the city of Middelburg.
This chance meeting between Hans and Ron Valent meant the renewed cooperation between these two innovative thinkers who had worked together so successfully between 1999 and 2004 at Meissner. The range of classic winches for which Meissner became so well-known and which today can still be found on many of the largest and most beautiful yachts sailing the classic circuit was in part thanks to this cooperation.
With this facility we now have the resources to cater for a much wider range of products and also increase volume without compromising on quality. We use the latest technology available to this industry. Individual parts are precision cut from the highest possible grade steel, aluminium or nickel aluminium bronze. Our own 5-axial CNC machines can machine the most complicated forms with the greatest possible precision.
The Classic Winch Factory. De Padwei 16, 4353RV Serooskerke. www.sturmmach.nl