Horizon Group is the first Asian yacht builder to utilize dedicated subsidiary shipyards and their specialized practices in manufacturing yachts. This structure was created by Group CEO John Lu, who wanted an efficient way to increase the shipyard’s capability and enhance the overall build operation of yachts. With Lu’s group structure, the shipyards can effectively integrate and expand upon each other’s ideas and resources. 
Each shipyard is specialized in its distinct field in order to improve operative efficiency and maintain consistent quality. Under the Horizon Group, Vision Yachts produces smaller sized yachts, Horizon Yacht produces medium to large-sized yachts, and Premier Yacht produces customized and classed luxury megayachts. The fourth and final component, Atech Composites, focuses on creating stronger and lighter hulls for the three shipyards. 
A cross-platform Management Center was also created by Horizon Group to supervise the resources and services within each shipyard, including the Delivery Center, Mold Center, Human Resources Center, Marketing Center, and IT Center. This high degree of organization and management enables Horizon to effectively develop a large collection of the world’s most popular models from 46 to 163 feet. 

Horizon Shipyard

Horizon Yacht, the parent company of the Horizon Group, was founded in 1987 by CEO John Lu, who has a   deep-rooted passion for boats and a love of the ocean that stems from  childhood. After graduating from the  National Taiwan Ocean University with a degree in naval architecture, Lu returned to his hometown of Kaohsiung to gain experience in the yachting industry. His success as a naval architect led to the decision to establish  Horizon Yacht, with the goal to build clients their ultimate dream yacht - a goal that remains unchanged to this day. 
The Taiwan yacht industry was prospering when Lu created Horizon; however, from 1987 to 1997, Taiwan's yachting industry encountered an unexpected recession. During this time, Horizon, unlike many other companies, adjusted its business strategy and in 1989 shifted target markets to Europe, Australia and Asia. Horizon then redeveloped its yacht manufacturing processes, adhering to stringent yacht quality and safety requirements in Europe and Japan, and earned a distinct reputation for building yachts of exceptional quality and value. Horizon's continual progress and advancements not only established a solid yacht building foundation but also resulted in the company's ability to prevail over Taiwan's economic recession.
Through the years, Lu has proved himself a visionary in the yachting industry -- in 1993, he recognized a demand for high-value megayachts and began building yachts over 80 feet. However, the Horizon factory encountered limits on production scale, so Lu began focusing on increased production capacity through specialized processes and improving product quality. The decision to officially enter the megayacht market was a notable milestone for Horizon and moved the company forward as a luxury yacht builder. 
Lu continued expanding Horizon in the following years: from 2000 to 2005, he restructured Horizon's other three companies - Atech Composites, Vision Yachts and Premier Yacht -- and assigned each its own build concentration. The original Horizon Yacht company was also redeveloped to build a more comprehensive range of yachts. Lu then formed the Horizon Group as the cohesive organization that interconnects the four companies and allows for the exchange of ideas and resources. In 2007, the Horizon Group Management center was established to help oversee and organize the Horizon Group network.  
Since its inception in 1987, Horizon has emerged as the leading Asian yacht brand in the luxury megayacht market and is known throughout the industry for its sophisticated craftsmanship, superior build techniques, and innovative technology. Horizon also contributes to one-third of the Taiwan yacht industry total export quantity and has elevated Taiwan as one of the world's top five luxury megayacht building nations. Horizon has been honored as "Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder" 9 years in a row and is the first and only member of SYBAss (Superyacht Builder's Association) from the Far East.

Atech Composites

Atech Composites, founded in 2000, is responsible for providing all composite hulls, decks and superstructures to the three Horizon Group shipyards. Atech has 210 employees with a 24,900 square-foot lamination facility certified for meeting ISO 9001:2008 standards through DNV. Every DNV operation procedure ensures Horizon’s hull quality.
Atech’s facility is also the first FRP corporation in Asia to obtain a licensing authorization for the patented SCRIMP technology (Seemann’s Composites Resin Infusion Molding Process). SCRIMP allows Atech to laminate each hull in one shot, including the stringer system, giving the finished product more strength and durability without compromising weight or performance.
To ensure consistent quality in each hull, Atech retains a high-level, technical R&D team as well as a multi-purpose 10-ton Material Testing Machine to verify the mechanical properties of the composite materials it supplies. In addition, Atech is able to test the fiberglass content of composite materials and perform comprehensive new product testing at its in-house laboratory.
In recent years, Atech has also applied its accumulated experience in composite materials to another business field - manufacturing and repairing blades of wind turbine with the GL certificate.

Vision Shipyard

Since its establishment in 2001, Vision Yachts has expanded its operation from 45 employees to 250, while also increasing its build capacity to three times the original scale in Nov. 2006. The new and well-planned shipyard is currently 15,000 square meters and can accommodate 15 yachts under construction simultaneously – it is also certified for ISO9001 2000 standard by DNV. The yard is designed specifically to build Horizon yachts from 54 feet to 78 feet in length.  
Vision Yachts is led by Austin Lin, a master interior designer and craftsman. His talent in interior design helps build unique, quality yachts that express the customer’s personal vision. The shipyard not only strives for innovation in interior design, lighting design and efficient management, but also in growing product portfolios that fulfill a variety of customers needs and desires in their yacht. In recent years, Vision Yachts has applied green technology into new models, showcasing Horizon’s commitment to the environment and providing more options for eco-conscious cruisers. 

 

Premier Shipyard

Formed in 2005, Premier Yacht is dedicated to manufacturing Horizon's custom megayachts above 100 feet (30m), focusing on tri-decks with Class Certification by Det Norske Veritas, Bureau Veritas or Lloyd's and the ability to request during construction that the Vessel be strictly built to meet with MCA LY2 (and coming LY3) Code in either FRP or steel.
Premier's facility occupies 24,000 square meters and can simultaneously accommodate six yachts of 40m+ while under cover for construction. In addition, Premier Yacht owns 200m (656 feet) of water front property as well as a 42m x14m automatic float on/off launch barge with 650 tons lifting capacity - this gives Premier a logistical advantage for sea trials and commissioning and loading completed yachts onboard container/bulk ships for delivery to owners abroad. 
The company was certificated as an OHSAS 18001 shipyard in October 2010 and is the first yacht builder endorsed with OHSAS 18001 Certification in Asia. OHSAS 18001 is the Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series for health and safety management systems and is applied to provide safer working environments for employees. 
Under the leadership and management of GM James Fwu and R&D Director Erich Yen, both of whom are nationally licensed naval architects, Premier Yacht combines well-experienced naval architects, marine engineers & interior designers to develop and build stylish and innovative mega yachts utilizing the latest marine technology. 
To date, Premier shipyard has built six megayachts, each one over 130-foot in length and recognized by international classification societies such as DNV or BV. Premier has recently ventured into building steel-hulled megayachs, a feat that is sure to bring another new milestone for Horizon Group.