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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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HUMPHREE

(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.

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)

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.

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). 

Clients’ Press Releases

Prestigious Fishing Resort Tropic Star Lodge Repowers Fleet of Classic Bertrams with Volvo Penta

November 20, 2018

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Nov. 20, 2018 – Tropic Star Lodge, one of the world’s premier sport fishing destinations, is upgrading its fleet of 13 popular 1970s-vintage Bertram 31’s with modern, fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly Volvo Penta engines.

Built in 1963 and located in Piñas Bay, Panama, the resort is a globally renowned retreat for those looking to catch billfish, especially black marlin, blue marlin and sailfish.

The Tropic Star team began planning for modernizing the boats’ aging propulsion plants several years ago. After a comprehensive evaluation, they decided on twin Volvo Penta four-liter inboard diesels with ZF transmissions.

“We are very pleased with the result of our decision,” said Ursula Marais, operations director and CEO of Tropic Star. “Volvo Penta demonstrated a great deal of flexibility and a commendable commitment to customer service in meeting our requests.”

The first installation was completed last year, and the next two will be completed in 2018. The remaining retrofits will be completed on a phased schedule so as to minimize disruption to fishing operations.

“This successful fleet repower project for Tropic Star in one of the least accessible locations in the Americas is a great testimony to the reliability and efficiency of our D4 engine platform, along with the creativity of our application engineering team and our dedicated service dealer in Panama,” said Dave Brown, director of marine commercial of Volvo Penta of the Americas.

Volvo Penta applications engineer Guilherme Tait explained that Tropic Star had very specific criteria for the replacement engines, based on their unique situation. The most important consideration was reliability, since the remote Pacific location of the Tropic Star facility is reachable only by boat or charter plane and requires the staff to be self-sufficient.

All maintenance, service and repairs are performed onsite in the resort’s boatyard. The location also dictates the usage patterns for the boats. The distance to the fishing grounds is minimal, and the boats spend the great majority of their time trolling at slow speeds up to 12-13 hours per day. Since the engine compartment on the Bertram 31 is constricted, space was also an issue. As a final consideration, the environmentally conscious owners wanted to meet EPA Tier 3 emission levels.

Because the customer was looking for a top speed of 24 knots, it became evident that the four-liter engine was a perfect choice and easily fit into the restricted engine space, according to Tait. Volvo Penta also devised a custom trolling mode that permits operation at low RPMs and added an extra alternator pulley on the engine to drive an air conditioning compressor.

The installations were performed in the Tropic Star boatyard with technical support and advice from the Volvo Penta application engineering team and assistance from CDM, the Volvo Penta dealer in Panama.

The first boat now has over 1,600 hours on the new engine. According to Tait, fuel usage is averaging 39 gallons per each 11-hour working day, delivering about 45 percent in fuel savings.

“At Volvo Penta, customer service is at our core,” said Roberto Camacho, distribution development account manager at Volvo Penta of the Americas. “We have put a lot of effort into the improvement of our dealer network in this region, and we are pleased that Tropic Star is satisfied with their overall experience.”

The Volvo Penta-powered boat is in high demand among resort guests who appreciate the low noise levels and no exhaust smells on deck. It’s also the only air conditioned boat in the fleet. The captain said he can now easily talk with the crew from the flybridge – something that was impossible before.

Learn more about the Tropic Star Lodge at https://www.tropicstar.com/en/.

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rmj4mhlwklyla3j/AABH5V_l4e6L6g62bGm1LZbBa?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 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

 

 

 

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AST&Science to Open Additional Space Manufacturing Facility and Relocate Corporate Headquarters to Midland, Texas

November 15, 2018

Space Technology Company to Set Up High-Volume Production of Ultra-Powerful LEO Satellite Platforms at Midland Space Port Business Park

MIAMI – Nov. 15, 2018 – AST&Science, after an intensive competitive process, today announced the selection of Midland, Texas, as the location for its new high-volume North American satellite manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters.

The space technology company’s new 85,000 sq. ft. facility is located within the Space Port Business Park located at the Midland International Air and Space Port, the first commercial airport to obtain a Space Port License from the Federal Aviation Administration. It will augment the current R&D, engineering and manufacturing capabilities in Maryland and Europe operated by AST&Science and its subsidiary AST&Defense.

The new plant will be one of the largest “New Space” manufacturing facilities in the United States and will create more than 160 space manufacturing jobs in Midland, according to AST&Science chairman and CEO Abel Avellan, who said the company expects to invest over $30 million in the facility over the next several years and to achieve annual production capacity of 100,000 space modules, which are called Microns.

The new AST&Science plant will design, build, integrate, manage and launch satellite platforms into low-Earth orbits (LEO) in a fully integrated aeronautical and space operation. Avellan noted that the collocation of the high-volume manufacturing and direct airside access for the horizontal launch capability, using carrier aircraft at the Midland Space Port, will be an important element in the company’s planned rapid LEO satellite deployments.

The company’s patented modular construction process will dramatically reduce the cost and weight of the LEO satellites, while providing unprecedented levels of power and performance.

“Our revolutionary technology will change the way satellites are manufactured, launched and used in space and on Earth. From Midland, we will scale up quickly to produce high quantities of low-cost ultra-powerful LEO satellite platforms,” said Avellan. “This will open up an astonishing range of commercial and defense applications not previously possible with traditional satellite manufacturing techniques.”

Construction of the facility is now complete, thanks to the partnership with the Midland Development Corporation (MDC), and initial production is scheduled to commence early next year. The first satellites will be launched for orbital tests in 2019.

“We are delighted to be welcomed by the City of Midland and the grand state of Texas, where big things happen,” commented Adriana Cisneros, a board member and chief strategy officer of AST&Science, as well as CEO of Cisneros.

Brent Hilliard, chairman of MDC, said: “We’re thrilled to announce this partnership with AST&Science. Midland gets 160 jobs in a diversified, high-tech industry, and can offer AST&Science a location with access to an airport and licensed space port. The MDC provided a scalable manufacturing location that was a key factor in bringing this new industry to Midland. It’s a symbiotic collaboration that makes perfect sense.”

Earlier this year, AST&Science acquired a controlling interest in NanoAvionics, a European manufacturer and systems integrator of small lightweight satellites, and forged a partnership with Cisneros, the original founders of DIRECTV in Latin America and a large media player based in Miami, Florida.

About AST&Science

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 its sale for $550 million in 2016. Avellan is also co-inventor of 18 U.S. patented technologies. For more information, visit www.ast-science.com.

About Midland Development Corporation

The Midland Development Corporation (MDC) promotes the City of Midland and incentivizes qualified employers who create and retain a diversified job market in the greater Midland, Texas, region. MDC promotes business expansion and job creation through an established business climate and a strong community. MDC is an effective steward of sales tax revenue to efficiently grow Midland’s economic stability and quality of life.

A high-res image may be downloaded at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9hpra0uyyon0b2a/AADmwfYvQZH9uupu2VVZyUjAa?dl=0

Photo caption: New AST&Science manufacturing plant and headquarters, Midland Space Park, Texas.

 

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Volvo Penta Now Offers OceanX High-Tech Corrosion Protection with Forward Drives

October 29, 2018

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Oct. 29, 2018 – Volvo Penta today announced that it is now offering the revolutionary OceanX corrosion protection coatings as an option with its Forward Drive systems.

The durable titanium-ceramic OceanX coating, which is applied using a state-of-the-art electro-deposition process and covers the entire drive assembly, makes the Volvo Penta drives four times more resistant to galvanic corrosion.

The OceanX package also includes two electronic sensors that deliver audible and visual warnings to alert boaters to the presence of water in the bellows area and the quality of the drive gear’s lubricant, which are indicators of potential corrosion danger.

OceanX was originally introduced for Volvo Penta sterndrives in 2009 and is now being offered on Forward Drives as well, to extend the benefits of corrosion protection to the growing number of boaters enjoying water sports.

“Our unique OceanX system gives peace of mind to Forward Drive boaters when running in salt or brackish water,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “It’s the latest in our series of Easy Boating product innovations, designed to make the boating experience easier and worry-free.”

The OceanX coating can be seen in Booth 1203-1204/1225-26 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 31 – Nov. 4.

Download a high-res image for this press release at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8ix38bgk3o7e9kn/AAA4uL1gfTDg-n9_JzZ5tzWAa?dl=0

Photo caption: Volvo Penta’s OceanX titanium-ceramic coating is now available on Forward Drive systems.

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 Unveils Control and Display System for Wake Surfing and Water Sports

October 1, 2018

New Automated System Is Centerpiece of Fully Integrated Solution for Boatbuilders

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Oct. 1, 2018 – Volvo Penta today unveiled a new Water Sport Control system designed to create a unique user experience for wake surfing, wake boarding and water skiing enthusiasts.

The innovative control and display system gives boat builders a turnkey Volvo Penta water sport package that’s fully integrated with the Forward Drive, electronic vessel control (EVC) and Glass Cockpit systems.

“Wake surfing is one of the fastest growing trends in today’s boating market, and we’re seeing even more boat builders bringing to market a new class of boats optimized for water sports enabled by Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive technology,” said Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “The Water Sport Control is the latest in our long line of innovations that reflect our Easy Boating vision, applying new automation technologies to make it easier for more people to have fun on the water.”

The new water sport function in the Glass Cockpit display makes it easy to set up and run the boat for wake surfing, wake boarding or water skiing with the touch of a fingertip. Individual profiles for up to three users can be created, pre-stored and loaded in seconds. Once set, the system keeps the boat at the desired speed and trim automatically to create and sustain a perfect wake for the desired water sports activity. Settings can be adjusted at any time during the ride using the touch-screen or the manual control levers on the side. The live video display on the screen allows boat drivers to watch the activity astern while keeping their eyes forward.

The first boat builder to introduce the Volvo Penta Water Sport Control is Regal Boats, which is now offering it on the 25RX Surf and LS4 Surf models. Paul Kuck, director of product development and marketing at Regal Boats, commented: “Volvo Penta has hit another home run with the new Water Sport Control. Now we’re able to offer our customers a new way to enjoy the excitement and fun of wake surfing. Most important, with Volvo Penta we can deliver a total wake surfing experience as part of a fully integrated helm-to-prop propulsion package that’s supplied, warranted and supported by a single trusted partner.”

The Volvo Penta Water Sport Control may be seen in Booth 504 at the IBEX 2018 marine trade exhibition in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 2-4.

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/21lzpyjnr0rh04f/AAAVlnggCMYiuVXlW5akWNb9a?dl=0

Photo captions: Volvo Penta Water Sport Control creates a unique user experience for wake surfing, wake boarding and water skiing.

View Video here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3cdgmktd9rovo3e/Launch%20Final.mp4?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 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

 

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THINKOM SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATES FIRST AERO TERMINAL CONNECTIVITY WITH SES’ O3B MEO SATELLITES

September 25, 2018

In-Flight Demo Trials to Follow in Coming Months

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Sept. 25, 2018 – ThinKom Solutions, Inc. today announced the successful completion of the first ground test of its ThinAir® Ka2517 Ka-band phased-array satellite antenna with the SES’ O3b constellation of medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellites.

The test was conducted in August 2018 at ThinKom’s facility in Hawthorne, California, in collaboration with SES Networks.

For the ground test, a vehicle-mounted ThinKom Ka2517 aeronautical antenna acquired successive O3b MEO satellites at 13-degree elevation and successfully tracked them for 30-minute periods while the satellites traversed from west to east.

ThinKom said this test is a precursor to a flight test, expected to take place before the end of 2018. This will be the first in-flight demonstration of a ThinKom antenna communicating through a non-geostationary (NGSO) constellation and will demonstrate the ability of ThinKom’s phased-array antenna to auto-track and perform seamless beam switching through aircraft roll, pitch, and yaw motions.

O3b is the first NGSO satellite constellation capable of delivering commercial broadband communication services. The constellation orbits the Earth at about 8,000 km altitude, along an equatorial path, allowing much larger visible Earth angles than low-Earth orbit (LEO) constellations currently being evaluated.

“ThinKom’s unique patented low-profile phased-array antennas have been designed for interoperability on geostationary (GEO) and MEO satellites with the agility and switching speed to move seamlessly from beam-to-beam and constellation-to-constellation. Agility tests have proven that our antenna achieves switching speeds of less than one second, more than fast enough to support beam switching with no interruption in connectivity,” said Bill Milroy, ThinKom Chief Technology Officer.

“The ground test, and the coming aero tests, are important steps in showing the ability of the ThinKom antenna to operate on the O3b MEO satellite network, and will pave the way to full commercialization,” said Milroy.

“Innovation in terminal technology is key for scaling SES Networks’ proven MEO system for mass connectivity. We’re delighted to collaborate with ThinKom and to continue growing a partner ecosystem that will redefine the standard for our industry,” said Stewart Sanders, Executive Vice President of Technology at SES Networks. “This development aligns with our aim to make it faster, easier and more affordable to expand service reach to our customers and their end users.”

For more on ThinKom’s LEO/MEO/GEO interoperability, see this video.

Download a high-resolution image at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ic1oxh8zyjazsad/AACdLX5hWHrM2z908SDDjCOaa?dl=0.

About ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative highly affordable compact broadband antennas and products for aeronautical, vehicular and man-portable applications. The company’s primary products uniquely enable near-term worldwide availability of high-data-rate connectivity in the X-, Ku-, Ka- and Q-bands. ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities. For more information about ThinKom Solutions, please visit www.thinkom.com.

About SES/O3b
SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video distribution and data connectivity services through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 351 million TV homes, through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services today. Further information is available at: www.ses.com

Press Contacts:
Greg Otto
ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
+1 310 802 4507
gregory.otto@thinkom.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
+1 757 451 0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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