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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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(Virginia Beach, VA)

Stabilization & Trim Systems

Humphree equipment is designed and manufactured to deliver world-class quality and reliability. Customer support and spare parts are available wherever and whenever needed, through our Head Office in Sweden or via our expanding network of local representatives around the world.

Upwing Energy, Inc.

(Cerritos, CA)

Artificial Lift Technology

Upwing Energy, Inc. provides the only artificial lift technology that increases the production and recoverable reserves of natural gas from conventional and unconventional wells by inputting energy into the gas stream.

EVERYWHERE Communications, Inc.

(Annapolis, MD)

Satellite Communications

EVERYWHERE Communications provides dual-mode cellular and satellite communications, powered by patented technology deployed in mission-critical environments. In or out of cellular coverage, we have you connected globally. EVERYWHERE.


(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)

Broadband antenna

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.


(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


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.


(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


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). 

Clients’ Press Releases

New Viking 44 Convertible Excels with Volvo Penta Power

July 17, 2018

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – July 17, 2018 – Volvo Penta of the Americas is now supplying twin inboard 1,000 hp D13 diesels for the new 44 Convertible from Viking Yachts.

Johnson & Towers, Volvo Penta’s marine power center in the mid-Atlantic, provided technical support for specifying, installing and testing the D13-1000s in the first 44 C model earlier this year.

“The D13-1000 has an excellent power-to-weight ratio,” said Bob Shomo, Jr., vice president of Johnson & Towers. “Another key factor in the decision was Volvo Penta’s expanded power center network and service dealers across Viking’s core market areas. Many of these power centers also handle the other engine brand used by Viking, providing a one-stop service experience.”

“The first installation on the Viking production line went very smoothly, thanks to Viking’s superb engineering team, applications support from Volvo Penta and especially the extraordinary efforts of Johnson & Towers’ sales engineer Ken Houle,” said Shomo.

In sea trials, the twin Volvo Penta D13-1000 diesels met or exceeded all expectations, according to Chris Landry, director of communications at Viking Yachts. “The boat achieved top speeds of over 38 knots, with a cruising speed of 32-34 knots. The engines provided outstanding acceleration and low-RPM torque, and a smooth, quiet ride. The 44 Convertible is a comfortable tournament contender, equally capable of galloping hard to the canyons on gnarly weather days or blasting over to the Bahamas.”

“Viking’s new 44 C is a remarkable achievement – a rare combination of innovative interior design and seakeeping performance. Their selection of Volvo Penta is an important validation of the superior engineering that went into our new D13-1000 as well as our outstanding power center team at Johnson & Towers,” said Jens Bering, vice president of marine sales at Volvo Penta of the Americas. “It’s a great honor to be a supplier to Viking Yachts, and we look forward to building on this newly established relationship with one of the great iconic brand names in the boating industry.”

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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 leisure boats, commercial vessels and industrial applications. Product offerings encompass 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


Cisneros Makes Investment in AST&Science to Support its New Transformative Space Technologies

July 9, 2018

MIAMI – July 5, 2018 – AST&Science today announced it has received a significant equity investment from Cisneros.

According to AST&Science CEO and Chairman Abel Avellan, the Cisneros investment will accelerate development and deployment of the company’s innovative patented low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellite technology.

AST&Science is a technology company founded by well-known space industry entrepreneur Abel Avellan, who started EMC and turned it into the world’s fastest-growing satellite service provider, then sold it for $550 million in 2016. Avellan’s latest venture will use AST&Science’s patented technology to transform the way LEO satellites are designed, manufactured, launched and used in space to enable a broad range of commercial and defense applications.

Founded in 1929, Cisneros is a global enterprise with four primary areas of focus: media and entertainment, digital advertising solutions, real estate and social leadership. Cisneros Media produces content in 12 languages that is distributed in over 100 countries, reaching over half a billion people globally. Cisneros also operates the leading digital mobile, online and audio ad network serving the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets.

“Cisneros’ deep and broad experience in media and telecoms, which includes the launching of DirectTV in Latin America, will provide a very valuable perspective as we prepare to launch our space technologies to market,” said Avellan.

“Creating new transformative ideas and building a better world is our passion at Cisneros. Expanding frontiers and transforming our present into a bright future through social leadership is our vision,” said Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros. “Investing in AST&Science fits perfectly within our focus as a company. At Cisneros we thrive at building global businesses. Through AST&Science we will help to create market disruption through the use of satellites once again.”

Earlier this year, AST&Science acquired a controlling interest in the European satellite company NanoAvionics. The company is also investing $25 million to build an additional manufacturing facility in the United States for high-volume production of its ultra-small satellites, called Microns.

LionTree Advisors acted as exclusive financial advisor to AST&Science in the transaction.

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Photo captions: Abel Avellan, CEO and Chairman, AST&Science Adriana Cisneros, CEO, Cisneros


Avellan Space Technology & Science (AST&Science) is a designer and manufacturer of miniature satellites for low-Earth orbit (LEO). The company was founded by satellite industry pioneer 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 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. For more information, visit www.ast-science.com.


Cisneros is a privately held company based in Miami. Cisneros has three main divisions: Cisneros Media, Cisneros Real Estate and Cisneros Interactive. Through these divisions, Cisneros owns or holds interests in more than 30 companies that serve millions of customers in over 100 countries. Through its diverse businesses and partnerships, the company delivers some of the most recognized brands and highest quality services to the 550 million Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking consumers in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.cisneros.com.

Press Contacts

For AST&Science:

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
+1 757-451-0602

Andrea Moya
+1 305-913-7106

For Cisneros:

Emigdio Rojas
Llorente & Cuenca
+1 917-421-0474

Cristina Montes
Llorente & Cuenca
+57 315-700-7326




July 9, 2018

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – July 2, 2018 – Elcome has completed a major investment in modernizing its paper nautical chart distribution processes to meet emerging market conditions while improving quality and customer service.

Based in Dubai, Elcome has been a United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) ADMIRALTY agent since 1980 and is South East Asia’s largest supplier of nautical charts and publications. The company has upgraded its chart supply business to a print-on-demand model that provides faster response times for customer requests and eliminates the need for manual corrections.

Konstiantyn Matvieiev, senior manager of charts and publications for Elcome, explained: “Traditionally, chart agents would maintain an inventory of thousands of nautical charts, which would have to be corrected manually with pen-and-ink updates. This is inefficient, wasteful and time consuming, resulting in high overhead costs to the supplier and potential delays to a purchaser needing an out-of-stock chart. As new editions are published, the old charts in inventory must be tossed out and replaced with the new ones. Some paper charts may remain on the shelves for long periods of time, resulting in a large number of corrections to be made before delivery to the customer.”

Elcome’s digital printers produce charts directly from the UKHO ADMIRALTY cartographic database, providing immediate access to the full worldwide portfolio of charts on request. The full-scale printed charts meet the highest cartographic quality standards and are fully up-to-date when printed.

“Our facility in Dubai was one of the first sites when UKHO rolled out its print-on-demand program in 2013,” Matvieiev said. “We initially started with one chart printer, and we have since added a second one in Dubai and one in our Sri Lanka office. Now, 95 percent of all charts we sell are printed in-house.This has allowed us to reduce the number of paper charts in stock from 6,000 to about 300 fast-moving local charts. We have also reduced the number of manual chart corrections per week from 600 to less than 50, enabling us to reassign two of the three chart correctors to different roles within the company.”

Elcome is also gearing up to convert existing and new customers to digital publications instead of printed ones, allowing a further reduction in inventory of paper stocks, Matvieiev added.

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About Elcome International LLC

Founded in 1969, Elcome International LLC is a diversified turnkey solutions provider of marine electronics, electrical and safety systems for the world maritime industry. With its modern 100,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Dubai, Elcome has sales and support offices in United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as a subsidiary and associated companies in India. The Elcome Group (including associated companies) has over 500 employees, including over 200 factory-trained engineers and technicians. The company is certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 by DNV. Elcome is the authorized sales and service representative for many of the world’s major manufacturers of marine products and systems, and manufactures its own line of type-approved marine electrical switchboards under the ELSYS brand name. The company provides 24/7 shipboard installation, support, and flyaway service for navigation, communication, automation, and safety systems for over 800 vessels per month with a first-time fix-rate of 96 percent. Additionally, Elcome is South East Asia’s largest supplier of nautical charts and publications, both print and digital, and operates an FTA-approved training center and bridge simulator in Dubai for dynamic positioning and ECDIS courses.

Press Contacts:

Dani Gorgon
Elcome International LLC
+971 (0) 4 8121333

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
+1 (757) 451-0602