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Monday, December 5, 2016

Meucci Promoted to Sales Manager ZF Marine Electronics

ZF Marine Electronics has promoted Jim Meucci to Sales Manager. Meucci started with Mathers Controls over 25 years ago, and most recently held the position of Regional Sales Manager at ZF Marine Electronics headquarters in Mukilteo, Wash. In his new position, Meucci has overall sales responsibility for ZF Marine Electronics' controls systems business in the North America region. ZF Marine Electronics LLC, (formerly ZF Mathers LLC) supplies both electronic and pneumatic vessel control systems. Product brands for the controls group include ClearCommand, MiniCommand, MicroCommander, SkiCommand and SmartCommand.

STN ATLAS Marine Electronics Sold

As of November 1, 2003, equity investor EquiVest, represented by Munich-based CBR Management GmbH, has acquired from EMG EuroMarine Electronics, a Hamburg-based Rheinmetall Group company, the business operations of STN ATLAS Marine Electronics GmbH, Hamburg. The parties to the deal have agreed not to disclose any details on the price paid. The takeover by EquiVest is part of an MBO enacted by STN ATLAS Marine Electronics' Management Board. The new company will operate under the name of SAM Electronics GmbH. A leading systems supplier in the market for electrical and electronic ship and offshore equipment, STN ATLAS Marine Electronics' some 1,000-strong workforce generated sales of EUR 244 million in fiscal 2002.

Saab Marine Group Is Newest Spin Off

Saab Marine Electronics has formed a new group of companies in order to supply the marine market with a total concept for modern applications. During a short period of time Saab Marine Electronics has acquired the share holding majority in three companies with complementary high performance equipment within ship automation, tank cleaning and ballast and bunker tank monitoring. At the same time, Saab Marine Electronics has established marine sales and service companies in Singapore, Dubai, Russia and the U.K.

Hinckley Appoint Frank and Bernard in Electronics Department

Hinckley Yacht Services, the newly renamed Little Harbor full service complex here, has announced the appointment of David Frank as electronics department supervisor, establishing the department as a full service dealership. He will be assisted by Roger Bernard as electronics service manager. Previously, electronics work at Little Harbor was subcontracted out to vendors and technicians in the Portsmouth area. "These men have been working in the marine electronics business for over 25 years so they know the clientele and the demands of the job," said Geoff Prior, operations manager of the yard. Frank brings 17 years of experience as a marine electronics technician. manufacturers such as Furuno, Northstar, B&G, Seatel, and Raytheon.

NMEA Announces Electronics Product Award Winners

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), announced this year’s recipients of the product awards distributed at NMEA’s Annual convention and Exposition at Sanibel Harbor Resort in Fort Myers, Fla. October 23-26. The NMEA products awards recognize excellence in design, performance and reliability in marine electronics products. The awards are selected by votes from marine electronics dealers, distributors and other industry professionals. According to the rules, each active, non-manufacturer member of the NMEA and each NMEA-certified marine electronics technician are allowed to cast one vote. This year’s winners were comprised of 13 companies in 24 different product categories.

Marine Electronics Company Navico Emerges

Today, a company to be known in the development, production, marketing and sales of marine electronics comes to life, under the name of Navico. The launch of Navico is the result of the merger between Simrad Yachting AS and Lowrance Electronics Inc. The newly merged company will reach world wide revenues close to $300m for 2006. The company's headquarters is located at Lysaker outside of Oslo, Norway and the total number of employees will be approximately 2.500, spread world-wide. Bringing it all together is new company owner Altor, a Nordic investment company. The market for marine electronics is experiencing international growth. Bringing together four of the world's strongest brands in the marine electronics business in one company…

SIMRAD Expands West Coast Staff

SIMRAD has expanded its sales team with the addition of Michael Lynn as its Commercial Sales Manager USA West Coast. Lynn will concentrate on working with SIMRAD dealers to facilitate sales to commercial fishing, tug boat, workboat, and coastal transportation customers. “Michael’s considerable experience in marine electronics as well as his superlative communications skills made him the obvious choice for this position,” said Brian Staton, president of SIMRAD Inc. Lynn, 53, brings more than 20 years of experience in the marine electronics industry including positions at Radio Holland, USA (Houston, TX), Raytheon Marine Co. (Nashua, NH) and Sea Mar Electronics Inc. (Seattle, WA). In addition, Lynn has five years of retail store management experience.

NMEA Announces Annual Meeting Schedule

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) will hold its annual convention on Tuesday, October 22 through Sunday, October 27, 2002 at the beautiful Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa in Ft. Myers, Fla. The convention will feature a variety of the marine electronics industry’s top speakers. The exposition will feature new product introductions from over 45 of the leading electronics manufacturers from the United States and around the world. Along with traditional annual meetings, Larry Anderson, chairman of the NMEA standards committee, will conduct a dealers-only training session on the NMEA 2000. Insurance guru Ian Greenway will hold an insurance workshop regarding longshore and harbor workers.

Harley Joins SI-Tex Sales, New England

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SI-Tex announced that marine electronics industry veteran Chris Harley has joined its team of sales professionals, representing the company’s full line of sounders, autopilots, radar, chart plotters, AIS and more to Marine Electronics Dealers across the New England Region. Harley brings with him a wealth of related experience — both in the marine electronics industry and the unique aspects of the New England market. While Harley maintains his own highly successful marine rep firm (C.

Jason Marine Named ESRG Distributor in Southeast Asia

ESRG has partnered with Jason Marine Group to expand ESRG’s presence in Southeast Asia. Jason Marine, based in Singapore, will distribute the OstiaEdge platform throughout Southeast Asia. Jason Marine will also provide customer support, ship installation and maintenance services for vessels throughout Asia. Jason Marine brings 35+ years of marine electronics expertise and adds OstiaEdge to an extensive product offering that covers the entire range of customers’ marine electronics needs.  

Raymarine Partnership with American Boatbuilders Association

Raymarine Inc., a marine electronics supplier, announced the renewal of its long-standing Preferred Supplier of Choice agreement with the American Boatbuilders Association (ABA). Raymarine has been an ABA Preferred Supplier since 2002, providing members with high-performance multifunction displays, radars, echo sounders, autopilots, and VHF radios. The ongoing partnership with ABA demonstrates Raymarine’s ability to supply the equipment boaters need, and the quality they demand. Raymarine is committed to supplying boat manufacturers with integrated marine electronics systems that are simple to install, and to offering new boat buyers the sophistication, ease-of-use, and added value they demand when purchasing a new boat.

NMEA Agreement with South Korea's MEIPA

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and the Marine Electronics Industry Promotion Association (MEIPA) of South Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will insure the adoption of NMEA standards, training and product certification throughout South Korea, the number one shipbuilding nation in the world. The MOU sets a framework for NMEA and MEIPA to work together to develop courses and materials for the South Korean market, including a suite of marine electronics installer education qualifications based on the current NMEA Installation Standard. This educational program will upgrade the competency of the installer in South Korea. NMEA has trained more than 1,000 technicians in the U.S. using this system.

C-Map Wins NMEA Product Excellence Award

C-MAP won the National Marine Electronics Association Award for best vector charts for the third straight year. C-MAP was also honored by the NMEA in 1994 and 1995 for a total of five awards in eight years. Ken Cirillo, vice president and general manager for C-MAP U.S.A. accepted this year’s award at the 2001 NMEA convention, which was recently held in Sanibel, Fla. Winners in various product categories from around the world are selected by a cross section of the marine electronics industry, including dealers, manufacturer’s reps and certified marine electronics technicians. C-MAPNT vector-based charts provide electronic charting for a variety of applications, such as sailing, bluewater sport fishing, commercial fishing, even cruising inland lakes and waterways.

SIMRAD Scores Four NMEA 2002 Product Awards

SIMRAD took top honors in four categories of the 2002 Product Awards competition conducted by the National Marine Electronics Association at its annual convention in Ft. Myers, Fla., October 23 to 26, making it the 18th year that SIMRAD has brought home honors in the competition. “We are thrilled to have won these awards particularly as they come from our peers in the NMEA,” said John Caballero, vice president for marketing and product development. “Credit for this accomplishment belongs to all of the SIMRAD employees who are dedicated to making the world’s best marine electronics.”

Star-Tech Marine, KVH 2009 Dealer of the Year

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) named Star-Tech Marine Electronics its 2009 Dealer of the Year in the commercial workboat category. A longtime KVH dealer, Star-Tech Marine Electronics stood out in 2009 by helping to bring KVH's TracPhone V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband network to commercial mariners in the Gulf of Mexico.

Navico to Buy BNT Marine Electronics

Navico International Ltd. agreed to acquire the marine electronics business of Brunswick New Technologies (BNT), a unit of Brunswick Corporation . Subject to regulatory approvals, this transaction, which is expected to close during March 2007, will create the world's largest supplier of marine electronics for recreational boats. Included in the agreement are the three brands MX Marine, Navman marine and Northstar. The combined businesses had revenues of USD 50 million in 2006 with primary operating facilities in New Zealand, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. MX Marine has a 30-year heritage in providing high precision navigation systems for commercial and government vessels.

Saab Sells Marine Electronics Business To Emerson

Sweden's Saab sold its Marine Electronics unit to U.S. electric equipment maker Emerson Electric Co. for $85.5 million. The price corresponded to 1.6 times the unit's 1999 turnover. "The deal would have a positive effect on Saab's net cash flow", Saab said in a statement. The disposal was part of Saab's strategy of realizing value for shareholders from the commercial operations of the group's military technology, it said. Saab's marine electronics unit is a world leader in radar equipment that measures tank levels. The unit's products are sold to customers in the shipping and oil industries.

NMEA Board of Directors Changes

Photo courtesy McNabb Marketing Resources, Inc.

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has announced changes in the NMEA Board of Directors. David Gratton, a dealer director and a partner in Martek of Palm Beach, Fla., has been appointed to the position of Vice Chairman of the NMEA. He replaces Jim Vander Hey, who is leaving the position to pursue a business venture outside of the marine electronics industry. "Jim has been a very active member of the NMEA and has made a number of major contributions to the NMEA.

NMEA Introduces New Installation Standards

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) introduced a stanrdized methodology clarifying and outlining the appropriate standards for installing marine electronics equipment, the NMEA Installation Standards. The Standards have been designed primarily for after-market installation that traditionally occurs at either boat dealers or marine electronics specialty shops. Over the last 20 years, the marine electronics market has exploded with new safety devices and other equipment. However, different from than some years ago, many retail outlets lack the expertise and manpower to install such equipment properly, which is why the NMEA developed these installation standards. The primary focus for these standards is electronics for boats ranging in size from 25 to 150 ft.

NMEA Awards Top Electronic Makers

Marine electronics experts named 11 products in nine categories as winners of the 2014 NMEA Product Awards. Once again, Furuno USA was named Manufacturer of the Year--Support. The winners were announced at the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, held October 8-11 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott in Fort Myers, Florida. Category winners are chosen by regional panels of NMEA members from around the country, hand picked by the NMEA Awards Committee for their extensive knowledge of marine electronics to create a level playing field for all product and manufacturer support nominations. "We want to congratulate all of the award recipients," said NMEA Managing Director Mark Reedenauer.

Husick Honored with NMEA Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo courtesy McNabb Marketing Resources for the NMEA

In a ceremony that mixed fond memories with humorous stories, the National Marine Electronics Association celebrated the life of Charles “Chuck” Husick, who died September 13 at the age of 77. Association President, David Hayden, presented NMEA’s Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Husick’s son and grandson at the October 2 banquet capping the NMEA’s 2010 International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo in Seattle, Wash. Husick was the former head of the Chris-Craft Boat Co.

L-3 Acquires International Electronics

L-3 Communications, announced has acquired the six corporations of G.A. International Electronics Group. G. A. International Electronics is a high seas marine electronics business providing sales and service of marine electronics equipment for navigation and communications onboard commercial tankers, freighters and major cruise liners operating within the United Sates and in the . The business will be combined into a single unit and renamed L-3 G.A. International and will be integrated into the L-3 Marine and Power Systems Group. Headquartered in , L-3 G.A. International has been successfully providing sales, installation, and service for a broad range of OEM navigation and communications products to commercial maritime shipping and cruise line companies for nearly 25 years.

Vizada Signs Agreement with Danos Shipping

Vizada and Vizada Elite Partner SRH Marine Electronics S.A. have signed a 24-month agreement with Danaos Shipping Co. Ltd to equip the company’s fleet of vessels with a full broadband communications system. The partners will provide 1 GB connectivity over Inmarsat FleetBroadband terminals, connectivity will be further enhanced by Vizada XChange and the Vizada Crew PC for optimal internet usage. Danaos Shipping Co. Ltd is a Greece based ship manager which provides ship management services to one of the world’s largest fleets of containerships…


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