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jimh posted 01-05-2014 11:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  


Strategic Sales & Distribution Agreement Established Between Navico and Consilium for Simrad Professional Product Line

Egersund, Norway – Navico Holding AS, parent company to the Simrad brand and Consilium AB, announced today that Navico has acquired Consilium’s radar business.

As part of the transaction, Navico takes over all operations of the radar business in Italy, including research and development, product management and manufacturing. Navico and Consilium have also entered into a sales and distribution agreement. Under the terms, Consilium will continue to sell and service the Consilium Selux radar line as well as distribute Navico’s complete portfolio of Simrad Professional products throughout its global sales and distribution network.

This strategic acquisition further secures Navico’s position at the forefront of professional marine electronics by adding top quality radar products and competencies to its Simrad Professional range of products.

“The professional marine market is a strategic priority for our growth ambitions,” said Leif Ottosson, president & CEO of Navico Holding AS. “With the acquisition of Consilium’s radar business and the sales and distribution agreement, we will obtain a very strong proven technology and product portfolio to drive our continued expansion and success within this sector.”

As part of this acquisition, Navico adds a highly talented team of professional radar experts from design to manufacturing and sales to its core staff. The Consilium research and manufacturing facilities in Italy, with over 50 years of radar experience, are now also part of Navico.

For more information on Navico and Simrad Professional, please visit and , respectively.

For more information on Consilium professional radar, please visit

Hoosier posted 01-06-2014 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
Interesting. It looks like this acquisition gives Navico the same depth in marine radar as Raymarine. Up to now Navico's Lowrance line of 3G and 4G radars have been engineered in New Zealand. Consilium has a competing product: ship-borne-radar/broad-band-radar-fmcw

This should be an interesting year as the various radar vendors jockey for market share.

Hoosier posted 01-07-2014 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
After last year's trip to Isle Royale where we couldn't see 50 yards I can really appreciate the need for a high resolution radar that can resolve closely spaced targets at short range. This Consilium excerpt raises some interesting points:

"At same time, Broadband radar can detect targets within a few meters of the Vessel, compared to pulse radars which cannot detect target closer than 30 meters.

Thanks to solid-state technology, these breakthrough FMCW radar solutions provide superior target detection at zero radiation, ease of operation, and a new level of navigational safety to a wide range of applications:

Anti-piracy Radar
Surveillance Radar
Docking Radar"

jimh posted 01-07-2014 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Having been along on that Isle Royale trip with David, it was of some comfort that at least one boat in our fleet had RADAR.

A FMCW or frequency-modulated continuous wave RADAR technology sounds like a good approach for the small boat application.

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