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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 Advances Sustainable Boating with New Products for 2018

November 14, 2017

Leading Electric Boating Manufacturer Torqeedo Presents New Products at METS Amsterdam

Crystal Lake, Ill. – Nov. 14, 2017 – Electric mobility solutions are gaining widespread acceptance in the automotive markets and in all other transportation sectors, including the marine market. “Offering sustainable products that deliver a superior value over conventional combustion engines has always been Torqeedo’s core. We continue this tradition in 2018,” Torqeedo CEO Christoph Ballin said on the occasion of the first presentation of the product innovations at METS Amsterdam 2017, the world’s largest trade fair for marine equipment.

The new 48V battery, Power 48-5000, makes the use of AGM or gel batteries for electric mobility obsolete. Due to its long service life and eight-year capacity warranty, it provides the ultimate cost-effective lithium battery supply for electric motors up to 10 kW and for all electrical loads onboard. It also features unparalleled energy density and superior safety.

Deep Blue, Torqeedo‘s award-winning 40- and 80-horsepower propulsion system, is the cornerstone of powerful electric mobility – from the tried-and-true plug-in electric to the highly customizable hybrid solution that provides complete energy management onboard. With the new BMW i8 high-power battery, boats with limited space can now take advantage of state-of-the-art automobile battery technology and the highest energy density available in the marine market.

The new Ultralight 403 A models offer an advanced mount, providing quick and convenient mounting options for fishing kayaks and improved maneuverability.

The Cruise Pod propulsion system, which has won worldwide acclaim since its introduction in 2016, delivers lightweight and economical electric propulsion for sailboats up to 20 horsepower equivalent power. With the new Cruise 10.0 FP Saildrive Mount it has become even easier to refit from a diesel saildrive to clean, lightweight electric propulsion using the existing saildrive mounting points.

At the METS Amsterdam, which starts today, Torqeedo is exhibiting at booth no. 01.741.

For high-resolution images, visit: http://media.torqeedo.com/press/Torqeedo-2018.zip.

For the 2018 catalogue, visit: http://media.torqeedo.com/catalogs/torqeedo-katalog-2018-en.pdf.

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. Torqeedo is part of the DEUTZ Group, one of the world’s leading independent suppliers of diesel and natural gas engines. 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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Calnetix Adds Higher-Capacity Model to VYCON® Family of Kinetic Energy Storage Systems for Cloud and Hyperscale Data Centers

November 9, 2017

VDC XXT Flywheel System Offers 50 Percent More Power Capacity in Same Footprint, Available for Immediate Shipment

CERRITOS, Calif. – Nov. 8, 2017 – Calnetix Technologies’ VYCON® energy storage products division has expanded its highly successful family of flywheel kinetic energy storage systems with the introduction of the new higher-capacity VDC XXT.

The VDC XXT delivers over 450 kW and 6,300 kW-seconds of energy storage to provide reliable always-on power protection for large, critical processes, such as data centers, healthcare imaging systems and other power-intensive applications.

“In working closely with our UPS partners and end customers in the cloud and hyperscale data center markets, we found there was a need for greater power storage capacity and higher power density solutions for larger mission-critical applications,” said VYCON President Frank DeLattre. “To meet that requirement, we designed the VDC XXT model to boost power rating by 50 percent within the same footprint as our other models for an impressive power density of 72kW per square ft.”

The VYCON flywheel-based kinetic energy storage system interfaces with the DC bus of the UPS, receiving charging current from the UPS and providing DC current to the UPS inverter during discharge. Upon loss of utility power, continuous and regulated DC power is instantly delivered to the UPS with ample time to transfer to an onsite generator upon a prolonged power outage.

With a 20-year operational life, the VDC XXT offers a highly reliable, environmentally friendly, cost-effective and compact alternative to battery-based power backup systems.

“Valve-regulated lead-acid battery systems are often troubled by unpredictable reliability, high maintenance costs, hazmat issues and frequent replacement, causing uncertainty and potential downtime during electrical disruptions,” said Kamal Diwan, VYCON Vice President of Sales. “Industry studies have revealed that non-detectable and detectable battery failures account for more than 80 percent of all double-conversion UPS failures. Replacing batteries with kinetic energy storage can greatly enhance the critical power chain’s overall reliability and mitigate risk of downtime.”

“In addition, the elimination of hazardous materials, such as lead acid, allows organizations to achieve LEED points toward green-building standards by converting to the VYCON flywheel solution,” Diwan added.

Diwan noted that the VDC XXT can be used in a stand-alone solution or to augment a battery-based UPS. Since 98 percent of utility outages are 10 seconds or less, the flywheel can deliver the needed DC energy to the UPS first during these events, saving the batteries for longer-term outages and thus prolonging battery life.

VYCON’s unique patented technology uses full five-axis active magnetic bearings. The frictionless maintenance-free flywheel levitation solution provides up to 99.6 percent energy efficiency and eliminates the need for lubrication or periodic replacement of mechanical bearings.

The VDC XXT systems are UL and CE approved and are certified and integrated by major manufacturers of three-phase UPS systems, including Eaton, General Electric, Mitsubishi, Riello, Schneider Electric, Socomec and Vertiv. Over 1,300 VYCON systems have been deployed worldwide. They are supported by a network of more than 200 trained technicians with 24/7 availability.

VYCON is a wholly owned subsidiary and the energy storage products division of Calnetix Technologies. Calnetix core technologies in high-performance, high-speed motor generators and best-in-class advanced magnetic bearings and control systems are integral components in the VYCON kinetic energy storage systems. VYCON products are applied in power quality markets to provide back-up power in mission-critical applications and in energy recycling markets for capturing and regenerating energy in electric rail, industrial and distributed generation applications.

For high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zkhz7fcbdmch3yv/AAC1tjA0dDz2l1Q5wWBPRxlra?dl=0.

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’s Most Powerful Marine Diesel and IPS Make North American Debut at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

October 31, 2017

Volvo Penta Executive Team to Hold Press Briefing:

• Introducing D13 1,000hp Engine and IPS1350
• Boating Dreams Film Series
• Volvo Ocean Race Update
• Seven Marine Acquisition

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Oct. 31, 2017 – Volvo Penta of the Americas will introduce its most powerful diesel and IPS combo, as well as other new initiatives for the boating industry, in a press briefing at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week.

The press briefing will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 in Booth 1203-1204 in the Engine Tent.

Four-Figure Horsepower and IPS Drive: Unbeatable Combination

Unveiled to the European market at the Cannes Yachting Festival last month, the new Volvo Penta 1,000hp diesel engine and its companion IPS1350 are making their first North American appearance in Fort Lauderdale.

The new 1,000hp D13 is the result of a major redesign by Volvo Penta engineers, including new pistons, more efficient injectors and improved cooling systems, combining to produce 11 percent more power than previous engines. The optimized power-to-weight ratio and excellent low-end torque provide incredible power on demand.

When integrated with Volvo Penta’s IPS pod drive, the D13 produces the equivalent power of a 1,350hp engine. The D13-IPS1350 package is available in twin, triple or quadruple installations. The latter of these yields power to the equivalent of 5,400hp.

“The D13-IPS1350 is Volvo Penta’s most powerful IPS package ever,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “It opens exciting new possibilities for American boatbuilders to bring the unparalleled benefits of IPS to larger boats up to 120 ft.”

The Volvo Penta IPS provides impressive performance advantages over traditional inboards, in terms of faster acceleration, higher top speeds and superior fuel efficiency, as well as easier maneuverability and reduced noise, vibration and emissions. Field tests revealed a 36 percent improvement in fuel economy with the IPS1350 over an equivalent inboard shaft system, resulting in a much greater cruising range without increasing fuel tank size. In addition, IPS gives designers more space below decks for cabins and entertainment areas.

Dreams Come True

Fort Lauderdale will also be the North American launch pad for the company’s new Boating Dreams online film series.

Boating Dreams will serve as a vehicle to share the dreams and emotions that inspire people to seek out the boating lifestyle. The first episode features Luca Santella, who talks about his latest boating dream –designing a new crossover yacht that intended to connect people even closer to the sea than ever before. Future segments will feature other individuals who feel a strong connection to boating and life at sea.

The videos are being published online and on Volvo Penta’s social media channels.

“The boating experience is about shared emotions and the joy of pursuing your own boating dreams,” said Huibers. “This is a very personal concept to me. My wife and I bought our first boat before our first home. We’ve spent countless hours together with our family on the water through the years. And now, in my position as president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, I’m fortunate to be able to live my dream in a very special way.”

“Volvo Penta’s Easy Boating initiative is our way of helping others realize their own boating dreams by removing barriers to enjoying the boating lifestyle,” he added.

Volvo Ocean Race Is Underway

Volvo Penta is once again a major supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race, which launched last month in Alicante, Spain. Each of the Ocean 65 high-performance sailboats has a Volvo Penta diesel with Saildrive for propulsion and powering onboard systems. Volvo Penta is also providing next-generation gas sterndrives for the race team RIBs and power generation for the Volvo Pavilion in the Race Village at host cities. The route covers more than 45,000 miles with stopovers in 12 cities around the world. The U.S. stopover will take place in Newport, Rhode Island in the Spring of 2018.

World’s Most Powerful Outboards

Volvo Penta entered the marine outboard segment this summer with the acquisition of Seven Marine. Founded in 2010, Seven Marine produces the most powerful outboard models in the world, running at 557 and 627hp.

Huibers stated, “We are combining the strength of two highly innovative companies to deliver an unbeatable engine range for the gasoline segment. We will not only come to market with an extremely attractive outboard solution, but we will deliver the benefits of our world-class service network to a broader range of customers.”

Seven Marine will continue to operate as a stand-alone entity, retaining its brand, product line and organizational structure. Huibers has assumed the position of chairman, and Seven Marine founder Rick Davis remains as president and CEO.

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 1,000hp. 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 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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