Why Highfield


Dare to explore. Go on. See what you’ve never seen before. The deep-seated desire to explore has always been a part of us. From day one we’ve been driven to see what’s around the next corner and over the horizon. Exploration is life, and the purpose of life is to live it; to taste it; to experience it in all its wild, sublime, beautiful, dreamy, jaw-dropping glory. To explore is to live without boundaries and to paint the stories of our lives with a palette of new colours.

It’s been said the road less travelled isn’t a road; it’s water. Some of the most exhilarating and profoundly beautiful places to explore in the world are only accessible by water. For those who have a passion for the ocean and a desire to explore this world, this is one of the greatest adventures one can have.

And we will get you there.


  • Established in 2011
  • Over 27,000 RIBs sold to date
  • Distributed in over 45 countries
  • French – Chinese ownership
  • Australian heritage and technology
  • European management
  • Fully integrated (every component is made in house)
  • Only manufacturer with its own factory in China, other brands buy from Chinese suppliers
  • Select only the best materials, work with the best suppliers available
  • All products and parts are designed using CAD and then cut on CNC machinery in house


Highfield inflatables have evolved from many years of development in some of the toughest conditions in the world, the Great Barrier Reef of tropical Northern Australia. They are a direct descendant of the Australian Swift (www.swiftmarine.com.au) range of aluminium hulled RIBs now in service for over 20 years.

Swift has supplied boats for leisure as well as professional uses with most of Australia’s Water Police and government agencies having a number of Swift RIBs in their fleet.

Tough, reliable and thoroughly tested, Highfield comes to you with a champions pedigree.


When producing our boats, we use processes that are non-polluting and conserve energy and natural resources, making it economically sound and safe for employees, communities and consumers.

We make efforts to chose the right materials not only to build the Highfield boats tough and durable but also to make them environmentally friendly.


The Highfield aluminium hulls bring strength and light weight to the boats. As a consequence the boats require less horse power to propel them which means smaller outboard engine for same propulsion, lower fuel consumption and less CO2 emission.


Aluminium recycling is the process by which scrap aluminium can be reused in products after its initial production. The process involves simply re-melting the metal, which is far less expensive and energy intensive than creating new aluminium. Recycling scrap aluminium requires only 5% of the energy used to make new aluminium. The nature of aluminium makes the material one of the few “infinitely recyclable” materials used in society; it can be recycled infinitely with no loss in quality.


It is a paint in powder form which is electrically charged as it is sprayed onto a surface to be coated and then baked in an oven, where the powder particles melt and fuse into a smooth coating. The result is a uniform, durable, high quality environmentally safe and attractive finish.

There are several advantages of powder coating over conventional liquid coatings:

  • No volatile organic compounds
  • No solvents, meaning reduced fire risk, reduced risk in application and disposal of waste
  • Powder can easily be recycled as extraction systems gather excess powder
  • Raw material research has produced powders that can be cured at lower temperatures meaning lower energy consumption
  • Thermosetting powder coatings often have higher chemical / physical resistance – reducing cost and fuel consumption involved in transportation and storage.


Aluminium has long been the hull material of choice in many parts of the world due to its strength, ease of repair, versatility and above all its weight saving characteristics. Remember, because aluminium won’t soak up water, your Highfield will weigh the same in 10 years as it did the day it left the showroom.






To ensure the long life of your Highfield RIB, we only use top quality materials. High tensile, marine-grade aluminium is powder coated and baked to ensure a smooth and durable finish, which is more eco-friendly. Our tube fabrics are either Valmex® PVC from the reputed Melher Texnologies in Germany, or ORCA® Hypalon, from the standard bearer in commercial tube design, Pennel and Flipo in France.



Every Highfield boat is rigorously tested to strict ISO standards before leaving the factory. This comprehensive testing of all of our component parts during manufacture, and our 2 year structural warranty on all of our boats, means you can have complete confidence in your Highfield RIB.






Tests conducted on fabrics and seams:
– Fabric mechanical properties and glue-ability (ISO 1421, ISO 4674 and ISO 2411)
– Heat test and seam strength tests (ISO 6185)
– Air tightness (ISO 6185)
– Accelerating weathering test (ISO 4892)

Test conducted on the powder coating:
– Pre-treatment (BS EN 12206-1)
– Thickness (ISO 2178)
– Adhesion of the coating on the substrate (ISO 2409 and ISO 4624)
– Accelerating weathering test (ISO 11507)
– Salt spray test (ISO 9227)

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