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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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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). 

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 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.
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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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Volvo Penta Names Interstate PowerSystems as a New Marine Power Center Covering the Midwest

April 30, 2018

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – April 30, 2018 – Volvo Penta of the Americas today announced the appointment of Interstate PowerSystems as a new Authorized Power Center for the marine industry.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Interstate PowerSystems is a division of Interstate Companies, Inc., which has been in business since 1957 with more than 20 locations in the upper Midwest. As a Volvo Penta Authorized Power Center, Interstate PowerSystems will be responsible for sales and service of Volvo Penta marine commercial and leisure propulsion solutions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and upper Michigan. In addition, the company will continue to serve as a resource for parts, service, warranty and training for Volvo Penta dealers in these areas.

“The appointment of Interstate PowerSystems as a Volvo Penta Power Center is part of our long-term strategy to expand our marine commercial expertise and serve the needs of commercial operators with exceptional products, innovative solutions and unparalleled customer service,” said Jens Bering, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas.

“Because of the knowledge and experience stemming from decades of doing business, Interstate has built a reputation based on the quality of products we carry as well as the excellent service we provide,” said Michael Masters, president of Interstate PowerSystems. “Volvo Penta has a tremendous product range and a world-class distribution system with parts availability that you won’t find anywhere else in the marine commercial industry.”

With the addition of Interstate PowerSystems, Volvo Penta now has 10 marine power centers in the United States, ensuring optimal parts availability at local Volvo Penta dealerships throughout the country.

For more information about Interstate PowerSystems visit www.istate.com.

For a high-resolution image, please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pn7hlzczhg8yv8b/AADxfXt3vVaZiDpXqZ1BJw6Fa?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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New US Patent Awarded to AST&Science

April 17, 2018

Company Is Manufacturing Next Generation of Low-Earth-Orbit Satellites for Government and Commercial Applications

MIAMI – April 17, 2018 – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded a patent covering unique features of the revolutionary low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites that are being brought to market by AST&Science.

“This new U.S. patent is an important milestone and underpins our growing portfolio of intellectual property,” said Abel Avellan, CEO and Chairman of AST&Science. “The patented features incorporated into our Micron™ LEO satellites will enable an incredible range of commercial, defense and emergency response applications at unprecedented low acquisition costs and speed to market.”

The patented technology of the AST&Science satellites will make it possible for the Microns to be manufactured in very high volumes, offering the lowest cost per radiated kilowatt and the largest system gains and spectrum reuse ever achieved in the industry, according to Avellan.

AST&Science last month acquired a controlling interest in NanoAvionics, a European manufacturer and systems integrator of small lightweight satellites. NanoAvionics launched its second satellite in June 2017 under a European Commission atmospheric research program. The satellite utilizes an innovative liquid chemical propulsion system – the first of its kind in the space industry.

“With two test satellites already launched and a fast-growing team of more than 50 scientists and engineers, we are well on our way to meet our goal of transforming how LEO satellites are designed, manufactured and used,” Avellan said. “Our patented features will allow us to support a range of government and commercial space mission capabilities that have until now been impossible.”

AST&Science is investing $25 million to build a totally new high-volume facility for mass production of the Micron satellites, partnering with industry leaders in low-cost manufacturing. The company has shortlisted several locations in the U.S. A final site for the plant will be selected very soon, according to Avellan, who said the company may also consider additional manufacturing capacity in Europe.

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 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.

For more information, visit www.ast-science.com.

Press contacts:
Andrea Moya
AST&Science
+1 305 913 7106
amoya@ast-science.com

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

 

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THINKOM AND COMSAT COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL COAST-TO-COAST DEMONSTRATION OF HIGH-SPEED SATELLITE COMMUNICATION LINKS ON THE MOVE

April 5, 2018

ThinKom’s Ultra-Low-Profile ThinSat® 300 Phased-Array Satellite Antenna Enables Low-Cost, High-Quality Connectivity for Broadcast News Media and Other Applications

HAWTHORNE, Calif., – April 5, 2018 – ThinKom Solutions, Inc. and COMSAT, Inc. recently partnered to complete a coast-to-coast expedition to test and validate a seamless end-to-end continuous high-speed satellite communication solution in a moving vehicle under a wide range of conditions.

The demonstration SUV was equipped with a roof-mounted ThinKom ThinSat 300 phased-array satellite antenna, plus a package of modems, routers, switches, power inverter and an easy-to-use operator interface inside the vehicle. COMSAT, a global satellite service company, was responsible for providing seamless turnkey connectivity for the journey through commercial Ku-band satellites and redundant 3G/4G LTE terrestrial networks.

The field-proven ThinSat 300 antenna is just 4.3 inches high and can be easily mounted on a standard roof rack. Total weight, including the radome, is 120 pounds. Based on ThinKom’s patented phased-array technology, the vehicle-mounted antenna enables robust IP networks, streaming video and voice-over-IP applications without stopping to deploy a fixed satellite terminal or waiting for a blockage recovery.

During the 5,000-mile expedition, ThinKom’s engineers conducted tests of the latest system software enhancements, which provide faster satellite acquisition and tracking, as well as additional modem interface protocols and modulation schemes. These improvements add up to greater operational efficiency and significant savings in time and money for end-users, according to ThinKom.

The week-long trek took place March 3-10. It started at Manhattan Beach, California, and ended in Washington, D.C. The route included some of the most remote regions of the country, including Utah’s Bryce Canyon, Zion’s and Arches National Parks, Arapaho National Park in Colorado, the South Dakota Badlands, Great Plains, Daniel Boone National Park in Kentucky and the Outer Banks in the Carolinas.

“Throughout the trip, the ThinSat 300 supported broadcast-quality communication links, at highway speeds and in off-road terrain,” said Darin Anderson, Director of International Business Development at ThinKom. “Importantly, the trip provided further validation of the efficiency of the ThinSat 300 antenna. The system delivered an average of 1:1 bit-to-hertz ratio on an extremely narrow MHz channel without spreading the signal. With other less-efficient antenna designs, this would have required substantially more bandwidth resulting in much higher operational costs.”

“Our strategic partnership brings together ThinKom’s unparalleled antenna technology and COMSAT’s world-class satellite and terrestrial network infrastructure,” said Dylan Browne, Chief Strategy Officer at COMSAT, Inc. “This gives us the ability to offer our customers a truly global robust and reliable end-to-end high-quality satellite communication on-the-move solution for mission-critical applications such as broadcast news media, disaster relief, first response, homeland security, surveillance and security.”

The satellite demo vehicle will be positioned in the Washington, D.C. area for the next few months to conduct private demonstrations, according to Anderson. “The interest level has been very positive and we intend to take full advantage of this opportunity to show the technology to as many customers as possible,” he said.

Photo caption: The low-profile ThinKom ThinSat 300 demonstrated consistent efficient high-speed satcom-on-the-move (SOTM) communications during a coast-to-coast drive across the United States in March 2018. Download a high-resolution image at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a3a7smcge1irt2e/AABIFE7QGia3vY4X_YsU1Yyka?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. With more than 700 aeronautical satellite antennas currently deployed, 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 COMSAT, Inc.
COMSAT, Inc. is a leading operator of customized, secure end-to-end satellite communications services. The company delivers a full portfolio of fixed satellite solutions (C-Band, Ku-Band, Ka-Band, X-Band and UHF) and mobile satellite solutions (Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium) to aeronautical, land-mobile and maritime users in multiple markets, including U.S. government and military, global governments, educational institutions and commercial maritime. COMSAT owns and operates two teleports located in Southbury, Connecticut, and Santa Paula, California, that provide various communications and data center services to commercial, government and educational institutions worldwide including end-to-end connectivity, co-location and research efforts, critical data backup and recovery, satellite and terrestrial network data center, cloud and cybersecurity services. For more information about COMSAT, Inc., please visit www.comsat.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

Alessandra Richards
COMSAT, Inc.
+1 571 599 3649
arichards@comsat.com

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