Navico founding director starts a new company

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Ocean Signal, a new marine company, was recently launched and will specialize in the design and development of advanced communications and safety products.

Managing director Alan Wrigley started in the marine industry in the 1970s with Racal Marine and later became a director of Sharp Autopilots, where he stayed for four years. He was a founding director of the original Navico, where he led the development of Axis VHF radios.

Following Kongsberg Maritime's acquisition of Navico, Wrigley became managing director of Simrad Ltd. from 2000 through 2008.

He is now joined by technical director Simon Nolan, an authority on radar target enhancing, and a team of designers and engineers based in Kent, U.K.

"We have been fortunate to bring together an incredibly strong team with many years experience in the development of marine communication and safety products," Wrigley said in a statement. "Each of our Ocean Signal products will have undergone meticulous design and research to ensure they outperform or offer more focused functionality to the user and provide total confidence in their effectiveness."

Ocean Signal will launch its initial range in September at the SMM commercial shipping exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. The company continues to develop a distribution network in Europe and the United States.

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