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Marine industry technology news ranges from engine and other product debuts to reports of executive promotions and interviews with CEOs.

Congressmen urge delay in labeling styrene as a carcinogen

Sixty-three members of the U.S. House of Representatives have asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to delay a proposed listing of styrene in her department’s impending Report on Carcinogens until a “thorough review can be conducted that weighs the full body of scientific evidence available to decision makers,” the Styrene Information and Research…more

Torqeedo signs deal with electric-boat builder

Torqeedo is partnering with ElectraCraft, a leading builder of electric powerboats, whose new 14CSv is designed for the Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 motor. “With more and more residential and private lakes restricting gas-powered engines, we wanted to build a smaller boat to better fit the smaller, green lakes. We designed this boat specifically for use with…more

Cummins predicts increased growth in 2011

Cummins expects significant sales and profit growth this year and beyond as it takes advantage of long-term global economic trends and the recovery of key U.S. markets, chairman and CEO Tim Solso told shareholders Tuesday at the company’s annual meeting. The company expects 2011 sales to grow nearly 30 percent, from $13.2 billion in 2010…more

Cummins reports 1Q results

Cummins today reported higher sales and earnings, compared with the first quarter of 2010, on continued strength in key international markets, a recovering North American truck market and productivity improvements. First-quarter sales of $3.9 billion were up 56 percent from $2.5 billion in the same period in 2010. Earnings before interest and taxes were $532…more

Yamaha, Suzuki limit production in Japan

Yamaha announced on its corporate website that production is suspended this week at its outboard motors and personal watercraft plants in Japan. Limited production is expected for next week, through April 14, the company said. Production plans for April 15 and beyond will be announced next week, Yamaha said. Suzuki, on its website, said its…more

Lowrance extends sponsorship deal with BASS

Lowrance and BASS LLC recently announced that Lowrance will continue its sponsorship of the fishing group and its tournaments through 2012. The agreement states that Lowrance is a supporting-level sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series and BASS Federation Nation. Lowrance will also receive exhibit space at Bassmaster Elite Series events and opportunities for product demonstration…more

Furuno offers spring rebate promotion

Furuno recently announced a NavNet 3-D Spring Rebate Event, with rebate amounts ranging from $50 to $300 a product. The new promotion offers rebates on NavNet 3-D MFDs and its most popular accessories, including DRS Radar Sensors (domes and open arrays); award-winning fishfinders (DFF1 & DFF3); AIS transmitters and receivers (FA50 & FA30); weather products…more

Viking Life-Saving Equipment reports 2010 growth

Denmark’s Viking Life-Saving Equipment, a global manufacturer of safety equipment for the maritime, offshore and fire industries, said it grew about 11 percent in 2010. Last year’s strategic focus areas – increasing the product range and expanding service solutions – resulted in an operating profit of 97.6 million Danish kroner (about $18.6 million), a 6…more

SureShade gains patent for canopy design

SureShade, a designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, received final acceptance of a U.S. patent for its arched roller canvas design, or “arched canopy assembly,” on a boat, the company said. “Our goal in developing the arched roller for our retractable sunshades was to mimic the style of a traditional…more

Aqualuma, Win-tron help Australian flood victims

Aqualuma Marine Lighting and Win-tron Electronics are making donations to help people affected by flooding in Queensland, Australia. Aqualuma and Win-tron have each pledged to donate $10 to the cause for every LED light sold worldwide through March 31. “Aqualuma wants to do whatever it can to help the people of Queensland recover from this horrific tragedy,”…more

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