BUILDING AMPHIBIANS IN QATAR
NEW ZEALAND’S ALAN GIBBS – founder of Gibbs Amphibians – is establishing a strategic partnership with the Madaeen Al Doha Group to supply and assemble the Gibbshumdinga. The subsidiary – Gibbs Amphitech – will be based in Qatar and supply Gibbs products to the region and other key markets.
Gibbs founder Alan Gibbs says there’s a developing global demand for the Humdinga, with high levels of interest from all kinds of customers, from governments to private individuals.
The company has locations in the UK and New Zealand, utilising engineers and expertise from both countries to continue to develop High Speed Amphibian (HSA) technology and the vehicles designed around it.
Over the last 20 years Gibbs has invested millions of pounds, and more than three million man-hours, in the technology. This has resulted in over 400 patents (and pending) worldwide.
The 7m Humdinga is one of Gibbs’ more rugged vehicles, capable both off-road and on-water. It seats up to nine passengers and can carry up to a tonne in payload. It reaches speeds in excess of 65kph on water and over 130kph on land, and is equipped with a V8 diesel, 4WD and twin water jets.
A flexible platform, the Humdinga is suited to applications from logistics to search and rescue, to police patrols to private leisure. It has been manufactured under license in South East Asia but has never been available to the public, or to such a wide region before. www.gibbsamphibians.com