The North American marine equipment market has another importation and distribution option with an agreement between Norwegian control equipment specialist Lilaas AS and marine and offshore sales and support company Imtra Corp. of New Bedford, Mass.
The deal, initially for three years, will see Imtra’s 52-person organization offering product and after-sales technical support for Lilaas control levers, joysticks and rudder controls in the United States and Canada.
“We selected Imtra based on the strong positive feedback we received from a number of suppliers already benefiting from their support,” Lilaas managing director Øyvind Lilaas said in a statement. “This is more or less a new market for Lilaas and it was very important for us to work through a sales and technical staff familiar with our way of doing things. We believe there is great potential for uptake of Lilaas controls in the offshore and fishing sectors, in particular, while the wider retrofit market looks especially promising.”
Lilaas AS was established as Lilaas Finnekaniske AS in 1961 by Jan Lilaas. The company has more than 50 years of experience in the manufacture of precision mechanics for shipbuilding and offshore customers.