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

Fusion forms OEM partnership with Regal

Fusion Electronics formed an OEM partnership with Regal Marine to provide its MS-IP500G marine-grade stereo unit as standard equipment on all 2010 boat models. The audio suite will provide buyers with an iPod integration unit that conceals an iPod in its waterproof body, and allows users to select and play songs by artist, song, album…more

Cummins reducing staff in Indiana

Cummins announced a number of job actions affecting its manufacturing operations in southern Indiana. The company is temporarily closing the Columbus MidRange Engine Plant in Walesboro, just outside Columbus, as a result of Chrysler’s decision last week to idle its manufacturing operations while it undergoes bankruptcy reorganization. The shutdown affects a total of about 690…more

Furuno offers rebates on NavNet 3D

Furuno is again offering its “Massive Rebate” program, with special deals on its NavNet 3D system. Consumers who purchase qualifying NavNet 3D products between April 22 and July 31 are eligible for up to $3,600 in savings. For information, click here. Click here for the full release.

Prop manufacturer names international rep

Turning Point Propellers is partnering with Brunger Export to represent its full line of aluminum and stainless-steel props and hub systems outside of North America. “Their sales team has the knowledge and experience to help us improve service levels to existing customers, expand into underserved markets and break into currently untapped regions,” said Ron Bailey,…more

Lowrance offering HD rebates

Lowrance is holding a high-definition system “Ultimate Upgrade Sales Event” for a limited time. From now until July 6, customers who purchase a Lowrance HDS-5 can receive a $50 rebate; those who purchase an HDS-7, -8 or -10 model, plus one additional select product, are eligible to receive a $100 cash rebate. The Lowrance brand…more

Honda honors two technicians

Honda Marine dealer technicians Tyler Anderson of King Salmon Marine and Derek M. Kadlubowski of South Harbor Marine have achieved Master Tech status. Eleven Honda service technicians underwent a series of tests at the engine maker’s training facilities, including technical processes, maintenance procedures, service diagnostics and repair support resources. Of that group, Anderson and Kadlubowski…more

Yanmar raises money for coral reef groups

Yanmar Marine of Adairsville, Ga., recently hosted a Casino Night fund-raiser to benefit the National Coral Reef Institute and the International Society for Reef Studies. The event raised $1,650 for each organization. Established in 1998, NCRI’s mission is to assess, monitor and restore coral reefs through research and education. “Yanmar’s generosity does much to promote…more

Suzuki extends engine promotion

Suzuki Marine is extending its “Gimme Six!” sales promotion an extra month to help authorized dealers close more sales on its line of 4-strokes. Through April 30, customers can get Suzuki’s standard three-year limited warranty plus three years of Suzuki Extended Protection at no extra charge. The coverage, which carries a value of up to…more

Composites conference coming to Seattle

Composites One, Magnum Venus Plastech and other Closed Mold Alliance partners will be featured at an upcoming conference on cold mold processes. The conference, titled “Dynamics of Composites Manufacturing: Tutorial through Live Demonstrations,” will be held June 2-3 in Seattle. It is being offered by the American Composites Manufacturers Association. The event will focus on…more

Honda Marine wins service-training award

Honda Marine recently received a MarCom Platinum Award for Honda Marine University, its computer-based dealer service training program. The MarCom Awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Winners are selected from more than 200 categories in seven forms of media and communication efforts. “Honda Marine University provides dealership staff…more

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