Samson Expands Presence in European Recreational Marine Market

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Ferndale, WA – April 12, 2018 – Samson, worldwide leader in high-performance rope and market leader in commercial and recreational marine applications, is pleased to announce a growing presence in Spain and the surrounding areas as major distributor, Baitra, expands its facilities.

Samson has been designing and producing high-modulus polyethylene (HMPE) ropes for marine markets for over 35 years, more than any other rope manufacturer in the world. Baitra, S.L. has been a partner distributor of Samson high-performance products since 2015, supporting the commercial and recreational marine industries in the region spanning Spain, Portugal, and the Mediterranean Sea and Bay of Biscay regions. Baitra employs a team of 17 people, including a Samson-trained splicer, a sales team fully-integrated with numerous ship- and boat-building companies, customer service, administration, and stock management personnel.

Baitra’s new location on the northwest coast of Spain, in Nigran (Pontevedra), increases the size of their facility by six times, upsizing to 4,500 sq. meters, allowing them to further emphasize customer service and supply, stocking 11,000 items to support the marine industry. For the workboat sector, they carry a full range of products from Samson’s Saturn-12™ to chafe, as well as a comprehensive line of recreational marine products. This facility will also have an area dedicated to the stocking and splicing of Samson products, to maintain and improve their support of customers.
According to Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Director of Baitra, “With our move to the new facilities we expect to improve our offering and service to our clients, and to find new business opportunities. Samson represents a significant step in our mission to provide our clients with the best the market has to offer. In this new stage, we look forward to strengthening our ties and working together for many more years to come.”
Samson Marketing Strategy Manager, Gavin McWilliams says: "We’re very pleased to see this new level of commitment to commercial and recreational marine customers in this region of Europe. Baitra has been a partner of ours in these industries since 2015, and we’re looking forward to extending Samson’s relationship with them long into the future.”
Baitra’s presence in Spain, Portugal and the surrounding region complements Samson’s partner coverage, with UOS (Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands), Scanunit (Scandinavia), and Mainbrace Marine (UK), among others. Samson ropes can be found on over 150 tugs currently operating in Europe, as well as marine vessels throughout the world.
About Samson:
For 140 years, Samson has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance synthetic ropes. Samson engineers continue to pioneer the use of new fiber technology and the development of innovative coatings and constructions, producing ropes with unprecedented performance characteristics. Samson serves a diverse customer base, including: commercial marine; energy; industrial; and specialty markets. For more about Samson, visit Samson is part of Wind River Holdings® portfolio of operating companies. For more information about Wind River Holdings® visit

About Baitra:
BAITRA, S.L. is a company dedicated to the marketing, distribution and supply of quality marine equipment, for the construction and repair of all types of watercrafts, both recreational and professional. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, their activity also extends to certain areas of the industry in general, with pride in the brands distributed, all of them industry leaders and of proven quality. Baitra offers essential factors to the market: availability, deep application knowledge and the necessary professional technical support. These are the foundations of their service, and done with the highest quality.

By Ocean Navigator