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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


August 7, 2018

SALEM, Va. – Aug. 7, 2018 – Yushiro Manufacturing America, Inc., a subsidiary of Yushiro Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (collectively “Yushiro”) and QualiChem, Inc. (“QualiChem”) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a global strategic partnership.

The announcement brings together two of the premier metalworking fluids manufacturers in the industry. Yushiro is the largest supplier of metalworking fluids in the Asia Pacific region, and QualiChem is one of the fastest growing metalworking fluids businesses in North America. This partnership will allow Yushiro and QualiChem to leverage their respective product lines, R&D, supply chain and manufacturing capabilities to expand each company’s world class technology, products, and services to the global metalworking and water treatment markets.

“We have known and admired QualiChem for a long time. We respect QualiChem’s technology, products, and salesforce. QualiChem is a leading supplier, not only in the aerospace industry, but to the entire metalworking and water treatment marketplace. Sales growth is expected by the synergies brought together through Yushiro product sales utilizing QualiChem’s sales network in the U.S. Also, I believe QualiChem’s products will be highly valued throughout the world by the global companies in the Yushiro group,” said Mr. Eiichi Ogo, President and CEO of Yushiro Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. “We are excited to partner with the QualiChem team and are committed to achieving substantial growth around the world.”

Mr. Glenn Frank, President of QualiChem, Inc., commented, “This is an excellent opportunity for our distributors, customers and employees. Yushiro’s extensive R&D capabilities and complementary sales channels will help us to better serve our existing customer base. Additionally, Yushiro’s twelve manufacturing plants throughout Asia, North America and South America will provide immediate entry into new markets for our metalworking fluids and water treatment products.”

In the water treatment market, Yushiro will continue to build on QualiChem’s highly successful private label business model. “This water treatment market in the U.S. and globally is projected to grow significantly and we look forward to working with QualiChem’s Water Treatment team to expand its manufacturing base globally through Yushiro’s existing network,” said Mr. Takuya Ishikawa, President and CEO of Yushiro Manufacturing America, Inc.

Yushiro and QualiChem take great pride in recruiting and retaining the most talented employees in the industry. QualiChem will continue to be led by its current leadership team of Mr. Glenn Frank as President and Mr. Dennis Butts as Executive Vice President.

About QualiChem

Established in 1989 with headquarters in Salem, Virginia, QualiChem, Inc. develops and manufactures metalworking fluids and water treatment chemicals. The Metalworking Fluids Division produces next-generation cutting and grinding fluids, straight oils, rust preventives and metal cleaners. The Water Treatment Division formulates, blends and private labels chemicals used for the control of scale, corrosion and fouling in cooling towers, boilers and other industrial systems. QualiChem is a quality-focused ISO 9001:2015-certified company. For additional information, please visit www.qualichem.com.

About Yushiro Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.

Yushiro Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., established in 1944 is a global leader in metalworking fluid development and technical expertise providing world class metalworking fluids, lubricants, and services for the automotive, aerospace, metals, mining, machinery, die cast, solar, electronics, and glass industries. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Yushiro supports research, manufacturing and office locations around the world delivering solutions that increase productivity, reduce operating costs and improve product quality for our customers. For additional information, please visit www.yushiro.co.jp/english.

About Yushiro Manufacturing America, Inc.

Established in Shelbyville, Indiana in 1986, Yushiro Manufacturing America, Inc. is a member of the Yushiro Group. With three manufacturing facilities servicing the Americas, Yushiro Manufacturing America, Inc. provides high-quality, value-added products and services to metal processing facilities specializing in the automotive industry. Yushiro Manufacturing America, Inc. will continue their commitment to improving customer performance and stewardship by providing the highest level of technology and resource solutions. For additional information, please visit www.yushirousa.com.

Grace Matthews, a Milwaukee-based investment bank, advised QualiChem.
Takenaka Partners, a Los Angeles-based investment bank, advised Yushiro.

Press Contacts:
Dennis Butts
QualiChem, Inc.
+1 540 375 6700

Jeffrey Mackey, CMFS
Yushiro Manufacturing America, Inc.
+1 317 398 9862 x805


Calnetix to Present Paper on Magnetic Bearing Technology at ISMB16

August 7, 2018

Access Energy to Showcase Active Magnetic Bearing Supported Integrated Power Module

CERRITOS, Calif. – Aug. 7, 2018 – Calnetix Technologies will present a paper on active magnetic bearing technology and subsidiary Access Energy will showcase an active magnetic bearing supported Integrated Power Module at the 16th International Symposium on Magnetic Bearings (ISMB16) in Beijing, China.

Rasish Khatri, Lead Engineer and Larry Hawkins, Director of Technology, Magnetic Bearings, will deliver a paper on August 16 entitled, “Applicability of API 617 8th Edition and ISO 14839-3 in Evaluating the Dynamic Stability of AMB-Supported Compressors.”

The Calnetix paper reviews and compares the dynamics requirements included in API 617 8th Edition Annex E with those of ISO 14839-3. The authors analyze the stability criteria of both standards by simulating the synchronous response, sensitivity transfer function and closed-loop transfer function of simple 1-D dynamic systems.

“There is a growing demand for oil free systems in multiple industries – compressors, blowers, chillers and other turbomachinery,” said Vatche Artinian, CEO of Calnetix. “The bearings form the backbone of high-speed turbomachinery, and Calnetix is uniquely positioned to provide cost-effective integral drive solutions for turbomachinery on our Powerflux™ magnetic bearings.”

“We are utilizing Calnetix’s magnetic bearings in our Carefree™ Integrated Power Module (IPM), which is the heart of our Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems that are designed to tap into the extra low temperature heat sources available for power production,” said Venky Krishnan, Vice President of Access Energy. “With one moving part, and no physical bearing contact, the IPM provides exceptional reliability in a very small footprint.”

Access Energy will showcase its Carefree™ IPM and ORC systems at Booth # 530. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the display to learn more about these technologies and solutions.

The ISMB16 will take place Aug. 13-17 at the Beijing International Convention Center. The primary aim of ISMB conferences is to promote scientific and technological exchanges among researchers and engineering practitioners around the world.

About Calnetix Technologies

Calnetix Technologies (“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’ 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.

About Access Energy

Access Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Calnetix Technologies, develops, manufactures, sells and services heat recovery and pressure recovery systems from small-scale commercial and industrial applications. These systems are specifically designed to convert heat or pressure into electric power without interrupting production or processing activities. For more information, please visit www.access-energy.com.


“Where’s the Wheel?” Schaefer Yachts Shows New Pleasure Yacht with Volvo Penta Joystick-Only Steering

August 6, 2018

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Aug. 6, 2018 – The new Schaefer 580 motoryacht has no steering wheel at the helm station – only a Volvo Penta joystick.

The new joystick-controlled motoryacht, powered by twin Volvo Penta 670 hp IPS800s, made its debut at the recent 2018 Rio Boat Show.

Márcio Schaefer, CEO of Brazil’s largest yachtbuilder, said: “At Schaefer Yachts, we have had a long-standing relationship with Volvo Penta for over a decade. When we designed the Schaefer 580 with Volvo Penta IPS we decided to go with a joystick-only steering control system. Our team worked very closely with the Volvo Penta engineers, and in roughly two months we developed this joystick-only steering system, eliminating the wheel altogether. In our opinion, this innovation will improve maneuverability and bring a new level of ergonomics to the helm station.”

“We pride ourselves on being innovators at Volvo Penta,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “We were the first to introduce IPS and the first to offer joystick for docking and driving. Wheel-free joystick-only steering with IPS is the next logical step in our Easy Boating strategy to harness new technical solutions to make it easier for owners to operate their boats and enjoy the experience of being on the water.”

“We’re especially proud to partner with our long-time customer Schaefer Yachts to introduce this innovation into the Brazil marketplace,” he added.

Schaefer said that the launch of the 580 with joystick steering at the biggest nautical event in South America stirred significant interest in the marketplace, and the yachtbuilder plans to continue incorporating joystick-only steering in other new motoryacht models moving forward.

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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.

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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