Recently, Imtech Marine and Furuno Electric Co. announced the 50th Anniversary of their strategic partnership. To mark the occasion the two companies signed a three-year extension of most of their exclusive contracts and they agreed to explore to extend their cooperation to new opportunities worldwide. Furuno, which was established in Japan in 1948, represents Imtech Marine’s oldest partner relationship. With the 50th Anniversary celebrations taking place in Japan, Imtech Marine’s senior management met with the President of Furuno, Mr Yukio Furuno and Furuno’s senior management.

Eric van den Adel, Managing Director Imtech Marine, says: “The relationship with Furuno is very important to us, 50 years is a good part of an entire lifetime. We aim to provide our clients with reliable maritime services around the world and we aim to work with the best companies in the world to achieve that. Furuno is a strong brand and we value to be a long-term partner in several countries around the world. Furuno is a vital part of our
portfolio. We not only sell, install and commission the equipment, we also consult and advise and we service the equipment around the globe.”
“Imtech Marine has been one of our partners of great importance throughout the years of cooperation of both companies. Our products and solutions together with a powerful sales force and a fully capable service team of Imtech Marine have been working in tandem on a number of projects worldwide, and we have succeeded in achieving customer satisfaction from the industry together. Looking back what we have contributed to the industry, it is our natural selection of the course that the amicable working relations between the two companies should continue and be further extended in the future”, stated Muneyuki Koike, Managing Director of Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.

The partnership has proved very successful over the years with thousands of vessels – including container vessels, fishing vessels, inland ships, offshore vessels and cruise ships – having Furuno equipment onboard, and sold, maintained and serviced by Imtech Marine.

Currently, Imtech Marine, headquartered in Rotterdam, exclusively represents Furuno in the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, South Africa, Egypt, United Arabic Emirates (UAE), Curaçao, Trinidad & Tobago, Hong Kong and China (a number of allocated shipyards). Most agreements have now been extended until 2017. And while Imtech Marine already services parts of West and East Africa for Furuno, further cooperation is being explored in Africa. Imtech Marine offers a wide range of Furuno’s broad navigation and communications portfolio. Additionally, Furuno has developed, in close cooperation with and on behalf of Imtech Marine, the RHRS-2014 OEM river radar for the inland shipping market.

CAPTION: From left: Mr. Yukio Furuno (President, Furuno) and Eric van den Adel (Managing Director, Imtech Marine), fifty years of doing business together.

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