Marine propulsion systems company, Veem, celebrates 50th anniversary

VEEM MD Mark Miocevich with one of the company’s gyro stabilisers.

Western Australian marine propulsion systems manufacturer, Veem, this week celebrated 50 years in business at its annual general meeting in Perth.

The company manufactures marine propulsion and stabilisation systems for the global luxury motor yacht, fast ferry, commercial workboat and defence industries.

Veem managing director Mark Miocevich said reaching the half century milestone is a testament to the versatility and commitment to manufacturing excellence the company had consistently demonstrated over five decades.

Veem was founded by Voyka (Charlie) and Elizabeth Miocevich in 1968 in Perth, Western Australia to carry out dynamic balancing and driveshaft services. The sudden passing of Charlie in 1976 saw Elizabeth step into the spotlight until their three sons – Gary, Mark and Brad – were ready to take over management of the business in 1982.

A major milestone for Veem was the successful listing of the company on the Australian Stock Exchange in October 2016. Since then, Veem has grown steadily, generating more than $40 million in revenue in 2017-18, with 180 staff employed at its purpose-built manufacturing and fabrication facility in Canning Vale.

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Mark Miocevich said his father Charlie would be proud to see the business become an international leader in the challenging and highly-competitive marine propulsion and stabilisation industry.

“It’s an emotional day for Elizabeth, Brad and myself as we remember Charlie and his enduring legacy,” Mark said. “Today we also remember our older brother Gary who sadly passed away in 2015.”

Gary Miocevich was the chairman of Veem and was also instrumental in establishing the Perth Motorplex, the home of Drag Racing in Western Australia. Mark and younger brother Brad both share the family passion for motor sports.

Mark said Veem’s anniversary year had been one of growth across all divisions. He said the company is particularly excited by the acceptance the world’s leading boat builders had shown for Veem’s patented gyro stabiliser technology.

In 2018, Veem gyro stabilisers were installed in superyachts by prestige Dutch boat builders Feadship Royal De Vries, Royal Huisman, Van Der Valk Shipyard and Talsma Shipyard, as well as by France’s Couach Shipyards and Westport Shipyards, USA. Damen Shipbuilding Group also installed Gyrostabilisers in its offshore workboats.

Mark said the team at Veem is particularly proud to have cast the 6.5 tonne ANZAC Bell, installed at the Perth Bell Tower at Elizabeth Quay. The largest bell in the Southern Hemisphere and the heaviest of its kind ever cast in Australia, the ANZAC Bell commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Veem cast the largest bell in the southern hemisphere for Australia’s ANZAC commemorations.

Mark said Veem is seeking to establish a new specialist gyro and defence manufacturing facility near its current headquarters in Canning Vale to accommodate the increased demand expected for its products.

“2019 is shaping up to be an important year for VEEM, as we continue to increase sales of propeller and stabilisation systems and realise the potential of our world leading Gyrostabiliser technology,” Mark said.

“With a healthy forward order book, our focus is on expanding Veem’s international service offering and broadening our success across identified growth markets, particularly in workboat, superyacht and defence industries.

“Veem’s underlying traditional business in propulsion, ride control and defence will provide growth in earnings, with Gyrostabiliser sales showing further potential with increasing market penetration.”