– 2000 –

The biggest shipyard in Southern Italy for composite megayacht over 40mt is opened.

2004 – 2009

5 megayachts between 135’ and 150’ (42-45 m) are launched. The company is the OEM for the most important world brands in yachting.

The shipyard designs and produces the model ready-for-the-mould of a 160’ composite megayacht (49 m).

The shipyards output of this period includes:

– Models, moulds and production for a series of four 65’ boats (20 m);
– Models and moulds for a 78’ sport yacht (24 m) are built for the serial production of an important world brand;
– Many different models/moulds and/or productions of boat parts for several other Customers.

– 2007 –

A wind energy technical department is formed, supported by the structural and production engineers of the shipyard Technical Office.
The wind department studies the remediation procedures for damaged wind blades, in collaboration with the main owner of windparks in Italy.

– 2008 –

The first blades are repaired and reconstructed.
The very first one is repaired on the ground near the wind tower generator: from then on never again has a blade been repaired on the ground, unless it was downed for other reasons (e.g. mechanical intervention in the nacelle).
We work mainly on Vestas and Gamesa machines.

– 2009 –

YCE srl is founded as a spin-off of the wind energy department.
We service wind blades for a fleet of 600MW wind parks.

– 2010 –

After launching its last megayacht, the shipyard closes down.
The Technical Office concentrates solely on wind blade structural engineering and production.
Maintenance and repair of wind blades continues, ties with the principal owner of Italian wind park develop further.
We maintain blades of other OEMs and acquire new Customers.

– 2011 –

We develop ground-breaking repair procedures beyond the knowledge of that time:

– 10 m. of destroyed blade, repaired in record time.
– In the middle of winter, on top of a mountain, at average temperatures of -5/-7°C, we reconstruct 5 m. of a destroyed blade (at height, of course): our technical office develops suitable lamination techniques for this climate.

Our team is carried back-and-forth on a snowmobile!
Our workforce grows.
We maintain our first GEs.
We develop OptiXpert ™, our proprietary technology for wind blade inspection which will be fully developed the following year.
We design an experimental catamaran for team Challenge Italia to compete in the Little Americas Cup.

– 2012 –

Customer base enlarges.
We are awarded the global service contract of blades for a very important wind park.
Our Sardinia branch office opens.
Inspections are now an established part of our activities: maintenance interventions are carried out with full knowledge of the necessities of the entire rotor, reducing work time by 30% because minor damage is now repaired in masked time.
OptiXpert ™, our proprietary inspection technology reveals much more than is seen by the naked eye, making inspections even more efficient.
Our workforce grows further, the first internal specialization courses take place.
The operations head office is moved to the industrial zone of Carini (Palermo).
We start building a C Class catamaran for the Little Americas Cup.

– 2013 –

At the end of a very busy year, our branch office in Molise is opened.
After two years, the catamaran for the Little Americas Cup is launched.
We repaired 5 carbon spars at height (of course!) on different model of generators.
Customer feedback hints that our competitors are still not capable of calculating repairs which for us are a normal part of the work of a structural engineer because we have an in-house design department. How do our competitors do without one?

– 2014 –

Our Technical Office needs more space so the new technical head office opens in Palermo.
We repair a group of Riva Calzoni blades: these are monoblade generators dating back to the 1980s. Since detailed and as-built designs no longer exist, we must completely reverse engineer their lamination plan before successfully repairing them!
Now production and main warehouse need more space: a new factory opens in the industrial zone of Misilmeri (Palermo).
We repair our first Siemens blade built with the innovative IntegralBlade One Shot process.
6 meters of the blade are reconstructed in record time: The Customer saves the substitution of the entire rotor (as proposed by the OEM), and the ensuing downtime; the insurer is most grateful!
UT analysis is now standard for our more complex activities, two of our engineers specializing in this kind of non-destructive testing.

– 2015 –

We work on several Nordex blades: by this time we have carried out activities on most brands and models of wind tower generators installed in Italy.
We collaborate with an OEM to develop a new retrofit.
Our internal figures show that since that first blade in 2008 we have worked on more than 2,500 wind blades!

– 2016 –

Following Nordex, also Senvion chooses Yce as blade repair provider: it is a welcome upgrade that enhances our professional activity, since OEMs need a high level engineering support.
2016 sees the standardization of our internal training system: lack of schools that train blade repairers, we train our own technicians thanks to our engineering department.

– 2017 –

Now we use also rope suspended platforms, also known as “sky spiders”.
We have also repaired blades in France for Senvion.
After blade repair training, now also blade inspection and structural engineering are part of our internal training system.
All specialized technicians we need (blade inspectors, blade repairers, structural engineers, support technicians) are formed and kept up-to-date by our internal training system.
This training system has been certified by DNV-GL.

– 2018 –

WE now have 7 RRR teams (Rapid Response Repair Teams) and we are training the technicians that will form the additional teams of the next years.
YCE activities and systems have been certified (among others) by DNV-GL and Bureau Veritas; also our main customers have audited our operations.

– 2019 –

We start 2019 with 9 RRR team (Rapid Response Repair Teams), we are training additional technicians because the market is pushing us!
Subsequently, our technical offices double their number (it has happened bit-by-bit during the last 2 years); from January 2019 also our the office surface doubles.