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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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AST&Science

(Miami, FL)

AST&Science was founded by satellite-industry pioneer, entrepreneur and inventor Abel Avellan, a 25-year veteran in the global satellite communications sector. He was the founder and CEO of EMC until it was sold to Global Eagle for $550 million in 2016. Avellan was named Satellite Teleport Executive of the Year in 2017 and was the recipient of the Satellite Transaction of the Year award by Euroconsult in 2015. Avellan is also co-inventor of 18 U.S. patented technologies.

ThinKom Solutions, Inc.

(Hawthorne, CA)

ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative highly affordable compact broadband antenna and products for aeronautical, on-the-move (OTM) and man-portable applications. With more than 640 aeronautical satcom antennas currently deployed, ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities.

Western Branch Diesel

(Portsmouth, VA)

Western Branch Diesel is a family-owned distributor providing sales and service of diesel engines and transmissions for marine and industrial markets. Based in Portsmouth, Virginia, the company has 11 branch offices covering Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina. The company’s 280 employees include over 150 technicians.

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.

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). 

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

Volvo Penta of the Americas Welcomes Volvo Ocean Race Fleet to Newport

May 17, 2018

Volvo Penta Is Official Supplier of Diesel Engines for Racing Sailboats, Gas Engines for Team RIBs, Power Generation Engine for Race Village

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – May 17, 2018 – Volvo Penta is the official engine supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, the adrenaline-inducing, nine-month round-the-world endurance contest that makes its only North American appearance this week in Newport, Rhode Island.

Each of the identical one-class Volvo Ocean Race 65 racing boats is equipped with a Volvo Penta D2-75 hp diesel engine with S-Drive. The engines are used to produce electricity for the boats’ communications equipment, computers, watermakers, lighting and heating when underway. Race rules do not allow the engines to be used for propulsion when racing except in emergencies, but they can be used to motor in and out of the host-city ports.

“This is the sixth time Volvo Penta has supplied the auxiliary engines for the sailboats in the Volvo Ocean Race,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “The grueling event puts our products to the ultimate test for durability and performance.”

Volvo Penta’s involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race extends beyond supplying and servicing the sailboat engines. For instance, Volvo Penta also supplied the V6-280 gasoline sterndrive engines that power the team RIBs to transport crew, equipment and guests during port stopovers. In addition, the Volvo Pavilion, which is a centerpiece in the 55,000-square-foot Race Village, gets its electricity from an industrial generator powered by a Volvo Penta TAD1651 diesel engine.

Providing technical support, maintenance and service for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is a tall order. The installed systems take a beating when sailing at extreme speeds under some of the world’s roughest sea conditions. To keep all the boats and their installed equipment operating throughout the race, the racers are supported by The Boatyard, a traveling workshop and maintenance facility that follows the fleet. Volvo Penta’s Technical Support Engineer Johannes Karlsson travels along with 50 other technical experts who support the boats and all the installed systems at The Boatyard during each port stopover. Armed with a full supply of spares and tools, the technicians can quickly assess and repair all systems, including electronics, rigging, sails and engines. Karlsson can also call on additional support from Volvo Penta’s worldwide dealer network at each stopover city.

“What we deliver at The Boatyard for the Volvo Ocean Race is similar to what we deliver every day through our global Volvo Penta network,” said Karlsson. “Many of our customers use their boats in extreme conditions or remote locations, relying on quick access to parts and service.”

Huibers noted that Volvo Penta of the Americas is a longtime supporter of the U.S. sailing industry. The company is a supporter of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, which inducted its Class of 2017 in Newport last September.

The Volvo Ocean Race will depart from Newport May 20, and the competition will conclude in June in The Hague. For details, and to follow up-to-the-minute race action, visit www.volvooceanrace.com.

Volvo Ocean Race Sailboat Engines – Technical Specifications
Engine Volvo Penta D2-75 with S-Drive
Crankshaft kW/hp 55/75
Rated rpm 3,000
Cylinders 4
Displacement, liters 2.2
Alternator 12V 115A (with built-in charging sensor)

Volvo Penta Team RIB Engines – Technical Specifications

Engine Volvo Penta Aquamatic Gasoline Sterndrive Engine
Cylinders V6
kW/hp 209/280
Rpm 5,800
Displacement, liters 4.3

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4pziixbtz8fwevy/AABhBOpbmLFnAUCnUubm2pC5a?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
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Volvo Penta Receives Platinum and Gold Honors in 2018 Hermes Creative Awards Competition

May 9, 2018

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – May 9, 2018 – Volvo Penta of the Americas has received Platinum and Gold Awards, and two Honorable Mentions, in the 2018 Hermes Creative Awards recognizing outstanding creative excellence in marketing and communications.

Administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), the international competition is open to creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials, marketing and communications programs, and emerging technologies.

Volvo Penta received a Platinum Award, the highest honor given, for promotional materials associated with its Sales Academy. Launched in 2017, the new online training support platform is comprised of videos and resources to help Volvo Penta dealer salespersons understand and convey to prospects the key features and benefits of company products, systems and service programs.

A Gold Award was given to Volvo Penta for its customer engagement campaign, Where Does Volvo Penta Take You? The social media promotion was designed to engage Volvo Penta dealers, OEMs and end users in describing and sharing their boating adventures and discoveries on their own channels using the hashtag #VPtakesme.

Volvo Penta also earned Honorable Mentions for its Women in Boating diversity initiative campaign to help make boating more accessible to women, and for Coffee and Oil, a YouTube video talk show series during which industry guests discuss big-picture topics.

“It’s a great honor for Volvo Penta to be recognized in this prestigious competition alongside some of the best-known brands from across the globe,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “I’m enormously proud of our outstanding marketing team, under the leadership of Marcelo Puscar, who have pushed the envelope with creative initiatives that connect with Volvo Penta’s partners and customers.”

The foundation for AMCP began in 1995 as a means to honor outstanding achievement and service to the communication profession. The Hermes Creative Awards draw thousands of applicants annually. Winners range from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies.

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5vautmx2sxfbnwf/AADH7Hr9pXXPCIjg1O6sjECGa?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
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Volvo Penta of the Americas Names Susan Bonivich Director of Marine Sales for Leisure Products

May 8, 2018

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – May 8, 2018 – Volvo Penta of the Americas today announced that Susan Bonivich has been promoted to director of marine leisure market sales. She succeeds Tony Kelleher who was recently promoted to vice president of customer support for Volvo Penta of the Americas.

In her new position, Bonivich will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for the overall sales of marine gasoline and diesel engines in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. She will supervise Volvo Penta’s team of regional sales managers and will report to Jens Bering, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas.

Bonivich began her career with Volvo Penta working in the Purchasing Department in 1998. Over the past two decades, she has served in a variety of capacities, moving from purchasing to dealer development and to her most recent role in dealer and OEM sales. In this position, she has been the OEM account manager for seven boat builders and Volvo Penta’s top 60 boat dealers.

Bonivich was selected by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas as the 2016 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year, which is given annually to an outstanding woman for leadership, commitment and the advancement of women in the boating industry. She has held membership in the National Association of Purchasing Managers and served as president of the Hampton Roads Purchasing Managers. Over the years, she helped to raise nearly $100,000 for the American Cancer Society and served as chairperson of the Mill Point Community Association’s Social Committee.

“Susan always shows energy and passion for the business, as well as a keen customer focus and responsiveness to their concerns,” said Bering. “She is a tireless worker and a strong advocate for the needs of her customers.”

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l49p1vnbaq582ce/AADicpD61-Tutk2RPkbjyZ0Oa?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
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Volvo Penta Begins Final Assembly of Industrial Engines in United States

May 7, 2018

Company to Leverage Existing Tennessee Production Facility

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – May 7, 2018 – Volvo Penta today announced the commencement of a final assembly line for production of industrial versatile – or variable speed – diesel engines at its established engine factory in Lexington, Tennessee. The move will improve customization of engine orders based on specific requirements and reduce delivery lead times for Volvo Penta’s growing customer base in the North American market.

Since introduction of its Tier 4 Final range in 2014, Volvo Penta has experienced significant growth in the industrial market including segments such as materials handling, construction, raw material exploration, ground support, agriculture, forestry, specialty applications and power generation. A key contributor to this growth is the fuel efficiency of the engines, as well as the company’s SCR emission-reduction technology that reduces downtime and cost of ownership.

“Over the past three years, our industrial business has increased substantially and we’re confident our penetration into the market will only become stronger,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “The decision to begin final assembly at our wholly-owned facility right here in the United States was made not just to improve flexibility and lessen lead times for our customers today, but also to put us in a better position to support future customer needs as we expand our business and enter new industrial segments.”

Previously, Volvo Penta either had to maintain a stock of finished industrial diesel engines, or order them from Volvo Group facilities outside of the U.S. with a 12- to 14- week lead time. Now, a stock of base engines will be maintained at the Volvo Penta facility in Tennessee, as well as all components for the company’s D5, D8, D11, D13 and D16 engines. When a customer order is placed, the engine and components are pulled from the shelves and the engine is built, programmed and tested to the unique specifications required. Orders will be delivered within two weeks.

“Catering to the versatility of our customers’ individual specifications, we’re now able to provide them with far greater flexibility to order exactly what they need, while significantly shortening the window of delivery,” said Darren Tasker, vice president of industrial sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas.

Volvo Penta made significant investments and improvements within its 210,000 square-foot Tennessee production facility to support this endeavor, including a state-of-the-art diesel engine test cell that enables the company to perform on-site testing and specification certification.

“As part of the Volvo Group, we are investing further to leverage our established manufacturing operations – both in the areas of assets and skillsets,” said Huibers. “The Volvo Penta engine factory was a natural fit for this particular operation, utilizing our existing, dedicated resources along with some new enhancements, and giving employees an opportunity to expand their expertise.”

The start of final assembly is part of Volvo Penta’s ambition to improve its global supply chain for solutions with competitive lead times. Volvo Penta will continue to produce gasoline engines for worldwide distribution at the Tennessee facility as well.

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r2rcwa0t5ng8ifp/AABQFZ8JSyuS4OAkK6wmEz6Pa?dl=0.
Photo captions:

1. Volvo Penta final assembly production line in Lexington, Tennessee.
2. Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art diesel engine test cell.

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 D13-1000 Diesel Engine and IPS1350 Named Top Boating Products of the Year

May 2, 2018

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – May 2, 2018 – Boating Industry, the monthly U.S. boating business magazine, has selected Volvo Penta’s D13-1000 and IPS1350 propulsion package among the top products of the year. The 2018 list of the 100 top boating products appeared in the May issue of the magazine. The products were chosen by the editors from hundreds of nominations, based on their impact on the industry, innovation and how they advanced their category.

“With Volvo Penta’s major redesign to create the D13-1000 engine and its integration with IPS pod drives, the company created an impressive system with the consumer end result in mind. Results like a longer cruising range, higher top speeds, and reduced fuel consumption and emissions are just a sample of why the D13-1000 and the IPS1350 simply had to be included in Boating Industry’s 2018 Top Products,” said Adam Quandt, associate editor of Boating Industry.

The new 1,000 hp D13-1000 represents Volvo Penta’s most powerful diesel engine ever, and the IPS1350 opens new possibilities for high-performance vessels up to 120 feet. The new systems made their North American debut at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and a number of OEMs are introducing large motor yachts with this powerful new combination for 2018.

“The Boating Industry Top Products selection is an honor for our global Volvo Penta team who developed this latest advancement in marine propulsion,” said Jens Bering, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. “The D13 and IPS1350 systems offer a unique combination of features for larger yachts that make for a smoother, more comfortable journey: with longer cruising range, a higher top speed, less vibration and lower noise levels.”

In creating the new 1,000 hp model, Volvo Penta engineers undertook a major redesign of the 13-liter engine, including new pistons, highly efficient injectors and improved cooling systems, which combine to produce 11 percent more power than previous D13 models. The optimized power-to-weight ratio and excellent low-end torque also provide incredible thrust on demand. When integrated with IPS pod drives, the resulting D13-IPS1350 system produces the equivalent power of a 1,350 hp engine. The IPS1350 is available in twin, triple or quad installations, the latter of which yields a total of up to 5,400 hp equivalence.

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ghn9xk7etzn1ixx/AAAmU_mBiWO3XJKejbOsmXI7a?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
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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