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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

Torqeedo Acquired by Engine Manufacturer DEUTZ

September 27, 2017

DEUTZ announced today it has acquired Torqeedo. The acquisition brings together one of the world’s leading independent engine manufacturers with the market leader in electric mobility on the water. As an independent subsidiary of DEUTZ AG, Torqeedo will continue the development of its highly acclaimed, high-tech marine products under its established Torqeedo brand and with its current leadership.

Founded 12 years ago in Starnberg, Germany, and supported by venture capital so far, DEUTZ’s acquisition marks a new phase in the development of the successful start-up.

“As part of DEUTZ, Torqeedo will realize substantial opportunities in the areas of industrialization, supply chain management, sales and service. We will use these to further accelerate the development of sustainable and modern mobility on the water”, said Christoph Ballin, CEO of Torqeedo.

Since its market entry in 2006, Torqeedo has achieved an average annual growth rate of 35%. Sales in the last financial year amounted to EUR 25 million, which corresponds to a growth of more than 40%. The company employs 130 people at its locations in Gilching near Munich, Crystal Lake (Illinois, USA) and Bangkok (Thailand).

DEUTZ is a pioneer in the development of combustion engines as an independent manufacturer of highly efficient natural gas and diesel engines for the industrial, agricultural and commercial vehicle market since 1864. In Torqeedo, DEUTZ gains development expertise and years of proven product experience in all aspects of electric mobility. Within the framework of the new E-DEUTZ strategy, DEUTZ will bring these sustainable electric and hybrid technologies to its existing product lines.

Torqeedo’s leadership will assume additional roles in the top management of DEUTZ AG: CEO Dr. Christoph Ballin as Head of Strategy, and Torqeedo’s COO, Dr. Ralf Plieninger, as Head of Electrification. As the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Torqeedo, Heiko Brambach is appointed to the management board. The 40 year-old business manager began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and was most recently Head of Controlling Products at DEUTZ.

Pictures
Find high-resolution pictures at www.torqeedo.com and here:
http://media.torqeedo.com/press/Torqeedo-Deutz.zip
Video
Find the Torqeedo DEUTZ announcement video here:
https://youtu.be/saYsa-VQJuQ (english)

About the DEUTZ group
DEUTZ is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative drive systems. Its core competences are the development, production, distribution and servicing of drive systems for professional applications. The engine specialist offers a broad spectrum of liquid-cooled and air-cooled engines with capacities ranging from 19 kW to 620 kW that are used in construction equipment, agricultural machinery, material handling equipment, stationary equipment, commercial vehicles, rail vehicles and other applications.

About Torqeedo
Torqeedo is the market leader for electric mobility on the water. Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, the company develops and manufactures electric and hybrid drives from 0.5 to 100 kW for commercial applications and recreational use. Torqeedo products are characterized by an uncompromising high-tech focus, maximum efficiency and complete system integration.

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Zodiac Nautic Group and Torqeedo Introduce the Avon eJET Concept for Yacht Tenders

September 18, 2017

World Premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2017

Crystal Lake, Ill. – Sept. 15, 2017 – Zodiac Nautic Group is doubling down on its commitment to shape the future of the boating industry. Together with the world leader in marine electric propulsion, Germany-based Torqeedo, Avon developed the eJET Concept, a 100 percent electric tender that offers important benefits to yacht owners: a single fuel type on board, no oil changes, increased reliability and reduced maintenance costs.

The eJET Concept performed strongly in testing both in performance and reliability, leading Avon and Torqeedo to further collaborate on a commercial range of eJETs that will be available for sale in 2019.

These tenders are equipped with the most advanced 80hp Deep Blue electric motor and the latest generation lithium battery from Torqeedo (32kWh, as used in the BMW i3). Based on early testing, the eJET will deliver 90 minutes range in normal use. The tender achieves a max speed of 26 knots, thanks to its new hull technology.

The eJET products, including the Concept presented in Cannes, are fully connected and allow remote communication and diagnostics. The Zodiac Connected Boat device will also let users track their location in real time, save their trips, turn on the lights from a distance and control battery systems among other exciting features.

True to its luxury background, Avon eJETs feature carbon-textured hypalon fabric, exceptional upholstery by Serge Ferrari with a quilted finish hand-sewn in France, and leather-wrapped handles inspired by exclusive private aircraft.

“Throughout its 120 years of history, Zodiac Nautic Group and its brands have collectively invented the inflatable boat, the RIB and the inflatable jet tender. We’re always looking for what will come next in the boating industry and seek the best partners to make that happen. For our eJET Concept, Torqeedo was a clear choice from the get go,” claims Dominique Heber-Suffrin, President of Zodiac Nautic Group.

Dr. Christoph Ballin, Co-founder and CEO of Torqeedo adds: “Avon’s eJET tender marks the arrival of clean and quiet electric mobility in the luxury tender segment. It’s a gorgeous product and we are proud to support it.”

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/be54bwfhghoaj5c/AAB9pMjk9XXF5BA2xr-zQAOda?dl=0.

About Avon Marine
Avon Marine has built over 200,000 tenders over its 60-year history. Producing first-class hand-built products has led Avon to be recognized as one of the most premium inflatable products on the market. Avon products are available globally from an international distribution network. www.avonmarine.com

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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West Coast Launch Standardizes on Volvo Penta Engines for Fleet of Water Transportation Vessels

September 13, 2017

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Sept. 13, 2017 – A new passenger-vehicle transport vessel being built for Canada’s West Coast Launch Ltd. will be powered by a pair of 750-horsepower Volvo Penta engines.

The decision to go with Volvo Penta was easy. Over the last 14 years, the family-owned water transportation operator, based in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, has standardized on Volvo Penta as the engine supplier of choice for its growing fleet.

“We’ve had a good history with Volvo Penta engines,” said Capt. Doug Davis, owner of West Coast Launch. “They’re real workhorses, very dependable. I like their speed and torque. They get good fuel economy and run clean. Plus we get good local service from the Volvo Penta dealer, Bridgeview Marine.”

The Davis family’s history with Volvo Penta goes back to 2003, when they purchased the 58-ft. 38-passenger vessel MV Georgia Master and repowered the boat with twin 615-horsepower Volvo Penta D12s. Ten years later, in 2013, the engines had over 12,000 hours on them. Although the D12s were still running strong, the Davis’ decided it was time to upgrade to Volvo Penta D13 700-horsepower diesels.

In early 2015, West Coast Launch took delivery of two 38-ft. waterjet-propelled launches to service its growing business for moving stores and passengers. Built by Kvichak Marine, the new vessels are powered by twin Volvo Penta 510-horsepower D11 diesels. The performance of the D11s and waterjets has more than exceeded expectations, according to Davis. “We get there faster and use less fuel,” he said.

The company has also just completed repowering MV North Port, its 18-passenger vessel originally built in 1999, with a pair of Volvo Penta 510-horsepower D11s.

The new 85-ft. vessel, to be named MV Aurora, will be powered by twin Volvo Penta D16MH engines. The vessel will carry up to 100 passengers as well as vehicles and deck loads to remote construction sites. Aurora is being built by Canadian Alberni Engineering in Port Alberni, British Columbia, and is scheduled for delivery in the spring.

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6luvqb6k2tvqee7/AAD0Kyq_jJDI8-wpwpqBunQja?dl=0.

About West Coast Launch Ltd.

West Coast Launch Ltd. was founded by the Davis family in 1988. The company operates its vessels 24/7 year-round to transport passengers, stores, vehicles and equipment for a wide range of regional customers. The service area includes Prince Rupert, Kitimat, the North Coast, surrounding areas and First Nations villages. The company is the certified launch service for the Pacific Pilotage Authority on the North Coast and also operates sightseeing excursions through its Prince Rupert Adventure Tours subsidiary.

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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Torqeedo Opens Asia-Pacific Office in Bangkok

September 6, 2017

Crystal Lake, Ill. – Sept. 6, 2017 – Torqeedo has opened a new office in Bangkok, Thailand, to accommodate its rapid growth in Asia and the Pacific region (APAC).

An expanding focus on marine preservation, sustainable tourism, ecofishing and the electrification of commercial vessels have created a strong interest in Torqeedo products by both public and private entities within the region. APAC also shows increasing investment in sustainable public transportation initiatives, a sector which continues to drive Torqeedo’s expansion into commercial markets.

“Torqeedo’s focused sales and service team will ensure that these projects bring all the benefits of going electric, including lower cost-of-ownership and reduced environmental impact, to our APAC customers,” said Christoph Ballin, CEO of Torqeedo.

Torqeedo’s Asia-Pacific team is led by David Hunter, who serves as the managing director.

For high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1bapt7yysw806g8/AAAMUa8oPqiaWqUHNPhuHeoda?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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