ZF Marine Named Supplier of the Year
ZF Marine has been chosen as one of Mercury Marine’s suppliers of the year. Each year Mercury Marine evaluates over 1,500 suppliers, and selects only 12 to receive this award. AJ Halavacs, Pleasure Craft Segment Manager, and John Shea, Account Manager, both from ZF Marine were on hand to receive the award from Mercury Marine. It was presented last month at the Mercury Marine Supplier Conference in Sarasota. Fla.
Mercury Diesel Engines for 16 New USCG Boats
Mercury Marine has entered an agreement with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats to power 16 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) boats with Mercury diesel engines. “Mercury Marine’s 2.0 diesel engines are ideal for smaller vessels such as the Coast Guard Cutter Boat ATON Medium,” said Greg Lambrecht, Metal Shark vice president. “The U.S. diesel market is evolving and adapting and our marine customers are taking notice of the diesel advantage when it comes to performance and fuel economy,” said Reinhard Burk, Mercury Marine Senior director of diesel & propulsion strategies.
Mercury Marine Launches Repower Financing
Mercury Marine launched a new repower finance program that aims to make it easier for consumers to get the engine performance they want with flexible financing for a broad range of buyers. The Mercury Repower Finance program is funded by Medallion Bank, a marine industry leader that specializes in accepting buyers with a wide range of credit histories. Program administration is handled by Brunswick Financial Services, a fully owned subsidiary of Brunswick Corporation, the worldwide marine manufacturing leader.
Mercury Marine Begins HQ Expansion
Mercury Marine will add a 45,000 square foot expansion to its electro-deposition paint (EDP) system that will double its current processing capabilities. The current project will be complete by January 2016 and the new system will be operational by Q4, 2016. “We are developing a new state of the art coating system that gives our engines superior corrosion and warranty protection,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president. “This process enforces our ability to make a better product for our customers who expect extreme reliability in their Mercury engines.
Mercury Marine, FPT Partner for Diesel Engine Launch
Mercury Marine informs it has signed a supply agreement with FPT Industrial to make the FPT 6.7L mechanically fuel injected NEF engines available for sale in global markets. The 6.7L diesel engine, branded Mercury Diesel, offers power for single application (22’ to 30’) sterndrive and inboard boats such as passenger ferries, taxi boats and other government applications, as well as dual applications such as passenger ferries, taxi boats, boats with water jet propulsion and displacement trawlers (30’-50’). The 6.7L midrange engine will become available in the marketplace in the first quarter of 2016, following its official launch at the 2016 China International Boat show in Shanghai.
Cummins and Mercury Marine to Form Joint Venture
Cummins Marine, a division of Cummins Inc., and Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation, announced the formation of a 50/50 joint venture to supply integrated diesel propulsion systems to the worldwide recreational and commercial marine markets. The joint venture, Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Marine LLC, will be headquartered in Charleston, S.C. Under the terms of the agreement, Cummins will supply diesel engines 15 liters and below, including certain electronic displays and other hardware. Mercury Marine will supply the Mercury 1.7 liter, 2.8 liter, 4.2 liter and 7.3 liter diesel engines, drive units for sterndrive applications and their SmartCraft(R) electronic integration hardware. units.
Brunswick, Mercury Marine to Aid Mercy Ships
When the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest private hospital ship, provides its next field service in Cameroon, Africa, it will do so with a new dive boat and several new Mercury Marine outboard engines for the ship’s dive and rescue operations thanks to a recent donation from Brunswick Corporation and its engine subsidiary, Mercury Marine. Mercy Ships is a global charity that offers free life-changing surgeries, holistic health care and specialized training for local health care professionals in some of the world’s poorest areas.
Mercury Marine Receives Brunswick Safety Award
Mercury Marine's Juarez, Mexico, plant recently received the Brunswick Corporation Chairman's Safety Award for excellence in safety and employee engagement. The presentation held on Friday June 4 in Juarez, featured Brunswick Corporation CEO Dustin McCoy, Brunswick Corporation COO Mark Schwabero, Mercury Marine V.P. of Global Operations Chris Drees and other executives at the company. In conjunction with this award, Brunswick will donate $10,000 on behalf of Juarez employees to a charitable organization of their choice. The workers chose to make the donation to Centro Humano de Liderazgo, A.C.
Mercury Marine Expands Manufacturing Capacity
Mercury Marine is adding a 53,000 square foot manufacturing capacity expansion to its global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisc. The expansion will consist of 45,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity and an additional 8,000 square feet of office space. In addition, Mercury is investing in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to better streamline the manufacturing process and meet the growing demands in the marketplace. The new space will be completed in January, 2017. “This is an exciting time for Mercury Marine,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president.
DOC Levels 22.52% Duty on Japanese Engines
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has issued a preliminary determination of "dumping" by Japanese outboard engine manufacturers, and has ordered a 22.52 percent import bond be posted for each Japanese engine brought into the United States, according to a press release being distributed by Mercury Marine. The DOC's ruling follows an investigation launched earlier this year after U.S.-based Mercury Marine filed a petition with the DOC and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). "We are pleased the Commerce Department's investigation has confirmed Mercury's contention that Japanese outboard engine makers have been violating U.S. anti-dumping laws by engaging in unfair pricing practices during the past several years.
ACH Wins Preferred Supplier Award
ACH Foam Technologies, manufacturer of EPS products for construction, geotechnical, packaging, and industrial applications, won Mercury Marines’ 2008 Preferred Supplier Award. The award is based on quality, delivery, customer service and cost management. ACH Foam Technologies provides lost foam foundry patterns and expanded polystyrene packaging for Mercury Marine’s boat engines.
Mercury Marine Acquires Teignbridge Propellers
Mercury Marine announced today that it has acquired Teignbridge Propellers Ltd., headquartered in Newton Abbot, United Kingdom. Teignbridge Propellers produces bronze and Nibral (nickel, bronze, aluminum) propellers for yachts, patrol boats and commercial vessels. In addition to its line of standard and custom propellers, Teignbridge also produces a complete underwater package of stern gear for inboard-powered vessels, which includes rudders, shafts, struts, seals, logs and bearings.
Brunswick Names Seeley as VP of Corporate Accounts and Distribution
Brunswick Corporation announced that William Seeley has been named vice president-corporate accounts and distribution, reporting to George W. Buckley, Brunswick’s chairman and chief executive officer. In this newly created position, Seeley will focus on building closer relationships with key partners and marketers globally, seeking ways that Brunswick can utilize its unique strengths to add mutual value through new products or services, joint ventures or other operating relationships. Seeley will also be available to the Brunswick Boat Group and Mercury Marine to help drive cross-channel, intercompany distribution of Brunswick products.
Interview: John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine
Mercury Marine was in New York City earlier this year offering test drives for select engines and control systems. While in town, John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine, sat down with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News to discuss marine technology development that is driving his company further, faster into emerging commercial growth opportunities globally. Barreling down the Hudson River at nearly 80 mph in a 39-ft. Cigarette boat powered by four 350-hp Mercury Marine Verado outboard engines tends to leave an impression. More impressive?
SeaPro FourStroke Making Gains in the Commercial Market
Mercury Marine’s family of SeaPro FourStroke outboard engines is suited for high-hour applications and harsh environments, according to the manufacturer, who said the engines are gaining popularity within the commercial marketplace. The line’s latest commercial marine endorsement comes from TowBoatUS, operator of more than 600 boats in the U.S., who is investing in Mercury SeaPro outboards on some of its fleet, including one vessel in Ft. Myers, Fla. “Having Mercury’s on the back, you never have to worry about breaking down,” said Captain Dan Medina of TowBoatUS.
Mercury Marine produces 75,000th Verado L6 Outboard
Milestone comes less than 10 years after launch of platform. Mercury Marine, the world leader in commercial and recreational marine propulsion and technology, has produced its 75,000th Verado L6 outboard engine. The Verado six-cylinder was first launched in 2005 and covered 200 to 275hp; the Verado family now includes up to 300hp outboard engines. Mercury Marine has manufactured more than 15 million engines since the company was founded in 1939. “The Verado is a one-of-a-kind engine – a revolutionary outboard that continues to deliver an experience unmatched by any competition…
Brunswick Promotes Foulkes to Chief Technology Officer
Brunswick Corporation today announced that effective immediately, David M. Foulkes, has been promoted to the new position of chief technology officer, reporting in this additional capacity to Brunswick President and Chief Operating Officer Mark D. Schwabero. Foulkes also will retain his current responsibilities as vice president - product development, engineering and racing for Mercury Marine, Brunswick's largest operating segment. In that capacity, Foulkes will continue to report to John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine. "In this new role, David will work with all of Brunswick's businesses to ensure that they have a clear view of developing opportunities as well as a roadmap for technology evaluation and deployment to remain at the technological leading edge…
Prop Guard Case Ruling Opens Door
The Supreme Court decision in Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine may require boat manufacturers to satisfy different safety standards for recreational vessels and associated equipment in all 50 states, rather than the one set of federal safety standards they currently meet. In the Sprietsma case, Mrs. Sprietsma accidentally fell overboard after the boat in which she was riding turned, and was struck by the propeller, suffering fatal injuries. Mr. Sprietsma claimed that the Mercury Marine outboard motor was unreasonably dangerous because it did not include a propeller guard. The Coast Guard has concluded that, to date, the evidence is unclear regarding the possible benefits and inherent dangers of propeller guards, and has not mandated propeller guards on recreational boats.
Zodiac Files Suit Against Brunswick
Zodiac of North America, Inc., Zodiac International, S.A. and its AVON Inflatables Ltd. subsidiary filed a lawsuit against Brunsweick Corporation, charging that Brunswick infringed a Zodiac patent creating the Amanzi 380 Deluxe rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB), recently introduced by Brunswick’s Mercury Marine Division. Zodiac is claiming that Brunswick intentionally copied the patented technology of a Zodiac RIB design as well as features of the AVON Seasport De Luxe series. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, located in Baltimore.
Mercury Marine Donates Engines for Hydro-Ambulance
Ambulatory services in Congo, Africa are now improved thanks to a donation by Mercury Marine. The global marine propulsion company recently donated two 60hp outboard engines that have been installed on a boat that will act as a hydro-ambulance, equipped to reach the most remote villages along the Congo River. The boat, which will be docked at the port of Cremona and commissioned by the non-profit organization For African Children, will be equipped with the proper equipment to allow birth and pediatric surgery on board the vessel. It will also act as a primary rescue vessel in the event of an emergency. “If a child is sick in one of the remote villages in Africa…
US Marine Promotes Sienicki
US Marine announces the promotion of J.D. Sienicki to senior vice-president of engineering and product development. "Through his leadership, J.D. has built one of the most productive and effective product development organizations in the marine industry," stated Bill Barrington, President of US Marine. manager for the Family 3 Engine Project. Prior to that, J.D. spent over 15 years with General Motors in various roles including lead engineer -- body structures and as a vehicle development engineer. During his tenure with General Motors, J.D. administration in international business and a master of arts in international relations. JD also earned a bachelor of science in mechanical/automotive engineering from the General Motors Institute.
MMI Creates New Mertech Training Program
Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI), a private school specializing in professional marine technician training, is offering an all-new Mertech training program. The first private school training program of its kind to be officially endorsed by Mercury Marine, a global leader in the design and manufacture of marine propulsion products, Mertech is designed to improve the skills of new technicians who complete MMI's core marine technician training programs. To further enhance his/her technical skills and employment opportunities, Merctech offers an entry-level technician the opportunity to become familiar with Mercury products and dealership operations.
Mercury Introduces 200 Pro FourStroke
Mercury Marine introduced its new 200 Pro FourStroke outboard today at the Miami International Boat Show. The engine, the third in the Pro FourStroke family, combines the incredible acceleration and top speed of other Mercury Pro series outboards, including the OptiMax Pro XS, with the pleasingly quiet, smooth operation of the Mercury Verado. The 200 Pro FourStroke is built on the same six-cylinder Verado outboard platform as the 250 and 300 Pro FourStroke models, delivering outstanding hole shot and punchy mid-range acceleration.