Thruster manufacturer Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. expanded its product lineup to include waterjets after acquiring the technology of DOEN Pacific on Wednesday.
DOEN, a designer and manufacturer of waterjet propulsion systems for the past 48 years, is one of five marine waterjet manufactures in the world building waterjets up to 4,000 kW for the commercial and military marine markets.
To meet the demands of large scale, commercial applications Thrustmaster said it plans to introduce two new models to the DOEN waterjet product lineup. The 400/450 series Thrustmaster DOEN waterjets will extend the power range from 100-6,400kW.
The manufacturing of the Thrustmaster DOEN waterjet product range in Houston is a key element in this joint strategy. Thrustmaster’s 2009 investment of $40 million in to a 200,000 sq ft, dedicated propulsion manufacturing facility laid the ground work for the latest agreement between the two companies to produce large orders of waterjets.
As Joe Bekker, President of Thrustmaster, explained during the opening ceremony of the facility, “What you are looking at is a large plant to build large thrusters. We are in the thruster business and we mean to stay here in the thruster business for the long haul.”
The manufacturing facility is supported by Thrustmaster’s global sales and service network that includes Houston, Lafayette, Rotterdam, Singapore, Dubai, Brazil and India.
Thrustmaster’s agreement with DOEN enables Thrustmaster waterjets to be sold in Europe, North America and South America.
The agreement was reached after a year of planning between DOEN’s Director Mark Peters, DOEN’s Director / Chief Engineer Timothy Udvary and Thrustmaster’s President Joe Bekker.