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Our Clients

We serve a diverse list of clients in a range of vertical markets worldwide.

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Our Clients

We serve a diverse list of clients in a range of vertical markets worldwide..

Our Current Client List:

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Torqeedo

(Starnberg, Germany)

Marine electric drives

Torqeedo is a pioneer in the development and commercialization of electric and hybrid marine propulsion technology. Founded in 2005, Torqeedo is headquartered in Starnberg, Germany and sells its award-winning products in over 50 countries around the world.

Newmar

(Newport Beach, Calif)

DC Power products

Based in Newport Beach, Calif., Newmar has been a leading manufacturer of DC power products for over 40 years. The company serves mission-critical applications in marine, telecommunications, networks, land-mobile and automation markets, and sells its products through authorized distributors globally. In addition to battery chargers, Newmar’s marine products include inverters, DC converters, power supplies, DC power conditioners, DC power stabilizers and DC UPS. For more information, visit www.newmarpower.com.

Elcome International

(Dubai)

Marine systems integrator and ship service

Founded in 1969, Elcome has been serving the marine industry as an innovative, reliable and high quality system integrator, distributor, installer and after-sales service agent of marine equipment, technologies and solutions.

Calnetix

(Cerritos, CA)

Permanent magnet power generation, waste heat recovery

Calnetix helps OEMs to meet industry demand for reliable, clean energy by providing our Thermapower® and Hydrocurrent™ ORC systems to recover and utilize waste heat, and our VDC® and REGEN™ flywheel systems to store and recycle energy.

Danelec Marine

(Copenhagen)

Bridge electronics for maritime industry

Danelec Marine is a leading manufacturer of VDRs (Voyage Data Recorders) with more than 6,000 installations worldwide and is strongly positioned in ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems). 

Taylor Made Group

(Gloversville, NY)

OEM & aftermarket boating products

The Taylor Made Group traces its beginnings to 1908 and the custom canvas trade. Today, the diversified businesses that make up the Taylor Made Group share an unwavering commitment to founder Nelson A. Taylor’s business values: Superior craftsmanship, constant innovation and customer support far beyond the ordinary.

Volvo Penta of the Americas

(Chesapeake, VA)

Marine and industrial engines

Volvo Penta, with 3,500 dealers in more than 130 countries, is a global manufacturer of engines for leisure boats and commercial vessels, as well as industrial applications. The propulsion program includes diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs between 10 and 900 horsepower. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Clients’ Press Releases

VYCON® Names New Vice President of Sales

August 29, 2017

CERRITOS, Calif. – Aug. 25, 2017 – VYCON®, a subsidiary of Calnetix Technologies, announces the appointment of Kamal Diwan as Vice President, Sales, effective Aug. 28.

Diwan will be responsible for business development and sales of VYCON’s line of flywheel energy storage systems in mission-critical applications worldwide and will focus on working with VYCON’s OEM channel partners, such as Eaton, General Electric, Mitsubishi, Schneider Electric and Vertiv in North America.

“Kamal brings to his new position at VYCON more than 10 years of experience in executive-level engineering and sales management in the North American data center marketplace,” said Frank DeLattre, president of VYCON. “His proven ability to build professional relationships and manage complex engineering systems for strategic accounts will play an important role in VYCON’s growth.”

Diwan comes to VYCON from DELL EMC, where he was involved in supporting the development of the company’s modular data center business. Prior to Dell, he was Director of Sales for Active Power. In that role, Diwan led Active Power’s direct and channel-based sales efforts in North America. He was also involved in all aspects of the business, including cost control, product development, positioning and business development. Other positions held at Active Power included Director of Global Business Development and Strategic Accounts, Director of Applications Engineering and Regional Sales Manager. Prior to Active Power, Diwan held engineering positions at L-3 Communications and Schlumberger. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas.

About Calnetix Technologies

Calnetix Technologies, LLC (“Calnetix”), headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., is focused on Innovation That Drives Industries®. The company specializes in high-performance, high-speed motor generators and best-in-class advanced magnetic bearings and control systems. Calnetix’s patented, underlying technologies, which have been in use since the company’s inception in 1998, have made Calnetix a world leader in the design and production of high-speed machines. The company’s overall technology portfolio and system integration capabilities have led to development and production contracts with industry leaders and the start of many successful subsidiaries that focus on unique niche markets. For more information, please visit www.calnetix.com.

Contact:
Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications
+1.757.451.0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Volvo Penta Grooms Future of Technical Talent with Summer Internship Program

August 29, 2017

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Aug. 23, 2017 – When Aleric Sanders returns to Old Dominion University this month, the rising senior will know a thing or two about customer service, skill development and how to install a marine engine, thanks to his summer internship at Volvo Penta of the Americas.

Sanders is one of 14 students who reported to the company’s Chesapeake, Virginia, headquarters in May to gain hands-on experience working for a global business that designs, builds and sells engines for leisure boats, commercial vessels and industrial applications.

“We know the importance of supporting the next generation of technical talent; these are our future employees and leaders in the manufacturing industry,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “Helping them helps us stay ahead of the curve in maintaining a trained and ready workforce.”

Volvo Penta’s summer internship program, which pays a competitive salary, provides qualifying college students the opportunity to perform project-based work that complements their major. Sanders, who studies mechanical engineering, worked in the company’s Technical Support department where he helps to address technical questions posed by Volvo Penta customers and dealers.

“I work to make sure that their questions are solved in a timely manner,” said Sanders. “It takes an engineering mindset to help the customer with their problems. How do we fix this? It’s given me an understanding of the real world of engineering.”

Not only does the internship program benefit the students, it provides Volvo Penta management with the chance to hone their mentoring, coaching and interpersonal skills.

“We look forward to hosting our summer interns because it allows us to be involved with young professionals who bring new thoughts, views and attitudes to the work place,” said Valerie Harriell, vice president of human resources with Volvo Penta. “It’s important for our supervisors and managers to connect with the next wave of our industry’s employees.”

The students also participate in community service of their collective choice. This year, they volunteered at the Union Mission in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition, each student participates in “Engine Installation 101,” during which they install an engine and outdrive and then take the vessel out for a spin.

Rachel Solgat, a rising senior at The College of William & Mary, found Volvo Penta’s immersive approach to its internship program invaluable. She worked in the company’s Parts and Accessories department, providing administrative support.

“It’s the universal experience that’s helpful,” said Solgat. “I’ve learned a lot about working in a corporate setting, completing tasks on a deadline and making personal connections.”

Volvo Penta’s commitment to educating the next generation of employees extends to its service technicians, dealers and OEM partners as well. Earlier this summer, Volvo Penta announced the expansion of its service school offerings by partnering with vocational and technical schools in the United States and Canada. The company is now offering technical training classes at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario; Oak Harbor Vocational School in Oak Harbor, Ohio; Lake Career & Technical Center in Camdenton, Missouri; and New England Institute of Technology in Providence, Rhode Island. Volvo Penta instructors are conducting the classes at the schools’ campuses for dealer and OEM service technicians, and also train the schools’ technical teachers to conduct future classes.

For information about Volvo Penta, visit www.volvopenta.com. For a high-resolution image of this year’s summer interns, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u7sjjnz4vzbc9xe/AABcxtA5wT9sTc5v3DAq1YTVa?dl=0.

About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for boats, vessels and industrial applications. The engine program comprises diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 1,000 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Connect with Volvo Penta of the Americas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest company news and insights.

For further information, please contact:
Christine Carlson
Volvo Penta of the Americas
Phone: +1 (757) 382 4084
E-mail: christine.carlson@volvo.com

Jim Rhodes or Elizabeth Evans
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com, eevans@rhodescomm.com

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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution Repowers Boat with Volvo Penta Diesel Sterndrives

August 29, 2017

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – August 22, 2017 – When the Panama-based Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution (STRI) decided to repower their 11-year-old launch Morpho, as good scientists they researched the alternatives thoroughly before selecting a triple Volvo Penta diesel sterndrive rig for the boat.

 

Constructed in 2005, the 48-ft. Morpho makes daily runs for scientists and visitors between the STRI laboratory facility in Gamboa and the Barro Colorado Island nature sanctuary in the Panama Canal waterway. The boat was recently repowered with three Volvo Penta D6 330-horsepower diesel Aquamatic engines with DPH Duoprop drives. The installations were performed by Volvo Penta’s application engineering together with Volvo Penta dealer Comercial de Motores – CDM.

 

Luis Zambrano, STRI maintenance supervisor, spearheaded the project. “The engines were chosen based on the reported reliability, fuel economy, performance and the support we received from CDM,” he explained.

 

The Volvo Penta D6 engines feature common-rail fuel injection, double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, a turbocharger and an aftercooler. They are rated to EPA Tier 3 emission standards.

 

Zambrano said they were pleasantly surprised when they discovered the Volvo Penta D6s were a good deal smaller than the engines they replaced, giving more room around the engine compartment for easier access and maintenance.

 

Another surprise was the dramatic boost in performance and fuel economy. “During the sea trials, we discovered the boat was cruising at 38 to 39 knots. We could not reach more than 23 knots with the old package. Now operators of the boat are fighting to be the one at the helm due to its performance,” said Zambrano, who also observed that the boat is consuming 50 percent less fuel. Less fuel means lower emissions as well. “The D6s are much quieter too,” he added.

 

“We have been receiving good customer support from CDM, who has a reasonable amount of spare parts in stock and trained technicians available,” Zambrano said.

 

“Special thanks to our outstanding team at CDM, who played a key role in this repowering project and provides ongoing support to the customer,” said Dave Brown, director of marine commercial sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas.  “This triple installation validates the unique combination of power, performance, fuel economy and durability offered by Volvo Penta’s diesel sterndrive packages.”

 

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rxg7z8phn1krw0l/AACYLJQi3bPUpTs4NR2NuwJSa?dl=0.

 

About The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution

 

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution (STRI) in Panama is a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to understanding biological diversity. What began in 1923 as a small field station on Barro Colorado Island has developed into one of the leading research institutions of the world. STRI’s facilities provide a unique opportunity for long-term ecological studies in the tropics, and are used extensively by some 900 visiting scientists from academic and research institutions in the United States and around the world every year. Based in Panama, STRI conducts research throughout the tropics in 14 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

 

About Volvo Penta

 

Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for boats, vessels and industrial applications. The engine program comprises diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 1,000 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

 

Connect with Volvo Penta of the Americas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest company news and insights.

 

For further information, please contact:

Christine Carlson
Volvo Penta of the Americas
Phone: +1 (757) 382 4084
E-mail: christine.carlson@volvo.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

 

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Volvo Penta Names Lars Ljungström as Vice President of Finance and CFO

August 15, 2017

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Aug. 15, 2017 – Lars Ljungström has been appointed to vice president of finance and chief financial officer (CFO) for Volvo Penta of the Americas, effective July 2017.

Ljungström will provide strategic leadership over finance, planning, budgeting and reporting for North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. He will also oversee coordination of IT systems and services, as well as legal and sales operations.

Prior to this appointment, Ljungström was CFO at GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, where he was responsible for finance and IT, internal control compliance activities and implementation of financial policies and procedures, and played a key role in the Systems Applications Products roll out across sites.

Ljungström has also served as controller and held other positions within Volvo Penta and the Volvo Group.

Originally from Sweden, Ljungström holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Gothenburg.

“Lars is an engaged leader who is passionate about business, operations and process efficiency,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “In addition to his broad experience as a controller and CFO, he has managed both sales and operational entities, which will give him unique perspective as he assumes this new role as a key member of the Volvo Penta executive team.”

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wju831nzy9cenqm/AADfQ4idpfi291dyAg4e-1P5a?dl=0.

About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for boats, vessels and industrial applications. The engine program comprises diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 900 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Connect with Volvo Penta of the Americas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest company news and insights.

For further information, please contact:

Christine Carlson
Volvo Penta of the Americas
Phone: +1 (757) 382 4084
E-mail: christine.carlson@volvo.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail:  jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Torqeedo Names Greg Jung Vice President of Marketing

August 3, 2017

Crystal Lake, Ill. – Aug. 3, 2017 – Torqeedo today announced Greg Jung has been appointed vice president of marketing. In that role, he will oversee worldwide marketing and communication strategies for the company, a global market leader in the growing segment of electric marine propulsion.

Prior to joining Torqeedo, Jung was vice president of marketing for Civis Analytics of Chicago. In that role, he was responsible for brand, corporate messaging, events, and demand generation programs for the company’s data science technology platform.

Previously, Jung was vice president of Americas marketing for Teradata Marketing Applications, senior vice president of global marketing and corporate affairs for Bank of America, and a senior consultant at Aprimo, Inc.

Jung holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Purdue University, as well as a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in organizational leadership from Butler University. He served on Butler University’s College of Communications Board of Visitors from 2011-14, and he is a board member of the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association.

“Greg brings to Torqeedo a wealth of experience in field marketing, demand generation, product marketing and brand management, which will be instrumental in achieving our goals for continued rapid growth at Torqeedo,” said Christoph Ballin, CEO of Torqeedo.

For a high-resolution image of Greg Jung, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8s3kg2wzowfuz7i/AAD14OLtoCl6STsz5EbCqs9qa?dl=0.

About Torqeedo

Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, Germany, Torqeedo stands for clean, sustainable mobility on the water. The company manufactures innovative electric and hybrid propulsion systems from one to 160 HP. For more information, please visit: www.torqeedo.com.

Media Contacts:

Tess Smallridge

Torqeedo, Inc.

+1 (815) 981-3302

Tess.Smallridge@torqeedo.com

Jim Rhodes

Rhodes Communications, Inc.

+1 (757) 451-0602

jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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VYCON® to Feature Kinetic Energy Storage Technology for Hospital Emergency Backup Power at ASHE 2017

August 3, 2017

CERRITOS, Calif. – Aug. 3, 2017 – VYCON®, a subsidiary of Calnetix Technologies, will showcase its VDC XXE flywheel kinetic energy storage system for emergency backup power at the American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition, Aug. 6-9, 2017, in Indianapolis.

The VYCON VDC XXE provides a reliable, cost-efficient power source for uninterruptible power systems (UPS) in hospitals and medical facilities. It provides instant regulated DC electricity to the UPS to start up and transition to the emergency generators during a power outage, ensuring vital systems and electronics are kept on line.

“The NFPA Health Care Facilities Code requires that stand-by generators must cycle on within 10 seconds of a power failure, and our flywheel technology bridges that gap,” explained Frank DeLattre, President of VYCON. “Traditionally, banks of lead-acid batteries have been used to power the UPS; these batteries require a large footprint, have relatively short service lives and are subject to hazmat disposal requirements. The VYCON flywheel system is 20 times more reliable, smaller footprint, self-monitoring capabilities, is virtually maintenance-free and can be operated in extreme temperatures without degrading performance over its 20-year design life.”

“The VYCON flywheel system provides about a three- to four-year return on investment, and over its lifetime it can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in operating costs compared with batteries,” he added.

Unlike other flywheel systems, the patented VYCON design uses full five-axis active magnetic bearings instead of less-reliable mechanical bearings. This frictionless maintenance-free flywheel levitation solution eliminates the need for lubrication and bearing replacement.

The VYCON flywheel systems are certified by most major three-phase UPS manufacturers. Over 1,000 VYCON systems have been deployed worldwide, many in mission critical health care applications from Operating Theaters, to Imaging Suites, to medical record data centers protecting private patient data. VYCON supports its products with a network of more than 200 trained technicians available 24/7.

The annual ASHE conference and exhibition is expected to attract more than 3,800 health care facility management and engineering professionals, who attend the event to keep up-to-date on compliance, codes, standards, trends, emergency preparedness, efficiency sustainability and other topics. A personal membership group of the American Hospital Association, ASHE is the largest association dedicated to professionals who design, build, maintain and operate hospitals and other health care facilities. Visitors are invited to come by Booth 1015 to learn more about the VYCON kinetic energy storage technology.

About Calnetix Technologies

 Calnetix Technologies, LLC (“Calnetix”), headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., is focused on Innovation That Drives Industries. The company specializes in high-performance, high-speed motor generators and best-in-class advanced magnetic bearings and control systems. Calnetix’s patented, underlying technologies, which have been in use since the company’s inception in 1998, have made Calnetix a world leader in the design and production of high-speed machines. The company’s overall technology portfolio and system integration capabilities have led to development and production contracts with industry leaders and the start of many successful subsidiaries that focus on unique niche markets. For more information, please visit www.calnetix.com.

Contact:

Jim Rhodes

Rhodes Communications

+1.757.451.0602

jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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