NORTHSTAR MARINE

After years of international success, Navman Marine is set to move forward as part of equally respected marine electronics brand Northstar.

Northstar, into which Navman will transition over the coming boat show season, represents over 35 years of high-performance navigation solutions. Its strong marine values will see the legacy of Navman continue well into the future.

Navico Asia Pacific chief operations officer John Scott said that for Navman customers Northstar would be the beginning of an exciting new chapter. “A tremendous amount of passion and hard work has gone into growing the Navman family of products but the future is now with Northstar,” Mr Scott said.

“This is the transformation of one of our favourite brands and while Northstar is a new name, it’s still the same family.” The advanced technology, user-friendly features and quality for which Navman is known will be incorporated into all future product ranges under the Northstar label.

Among many other benefits, Mr Scott said the transition of the brands would allow for increased research and development and result in a far greater range of advanced marine electronics.

Manufactured in New Zealand for the past 20 years, Navman products will continue to be distributed by Navico in the Asia Pacific region while stocks last. All existing Navman customers will continue to receive full warranty including extended and enhanced service levels through Navico’s extensive dealer and distribution network.

Navico appoints key sales staff Navico has appointed two highly-experienced people to key sales roles with a focus on growing the Northstar and Simrad brands in Australia.As Northstar/Simrad regional sales managers, Kenneth Thompson and Stuart Graham will work towards setting-up a strong technical dealer channel to support the brands and establish solid relationships with boat builders.Thompson, having previously worked for Pacific Marine and Quin Marine, recently relocated to the Gold Coast from Adelaide to take up his new position based at Navico’s Southport sales office.

Graham is ex-Raymarine and has commenced at Navico’s Sydney-based headquarters this month.

With pending Australian launches of the Simrad GB40, IS20, NX40 and NX45, along with a host of Northstar products, both said they were looking forward to the challenge of taking the brands to the next level. Further information: Navico Australia – (02) 9936 1000 or visit:  www.navico.com Navico is the parent company to six well-established marine electronics brands: B&G, Eagle, Lowrance, Navman, Northstar and Simrad.

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