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Sunseeker joins MARSEC-XL

By IBI Magazine

The UK's Sunseeker International has become the third founding industry member of Malta's Marine Software Engineering Cluster of Excellence, MARSEC-XL.

Jonathan Goldie, manager of Sunseeker's design department in Poole, Dorset, has also joined the MARSEC-XL board alongside Navico president/CEO Jens-Thomas Pietralla, and Christian Beiner, vice president of application centre at MTU Friedrichshafen.

Marine electronics manufacturer Navico was MARSEC's first founding member in November 2007, followed by German diesel engine specialist MTU Friedrichshafen in January 2008. Together, the three companies will focus on innovation and bringing new technologies first to market.

"I am delighted to see Sunseeker joining MARSEC as a founding industry member," says Pietralla. "Enhanced user benefits brought about by easy to use electronics systems that communicate with each other has been MARSEC's vision all along. There is no better way to achieve this than having key players in the boating value chain joining forces to make it happen: Sunseeker representing luxury yacht building, MTU representing propulsion systems, and Navico representing marine electronics under its product brands B&G, Eagle, Lowrance, Northstar and Simrad."

MTU's Christian Beiner adds: "With Sunseeker joining MARSEC, we now have a leading yacht company on board. This enables the team to develop, implement and test next generation software, hardware and propulsion technology in real environment with the focus on the ultimate customer."

A joint venture between Sweden's Steps Ahead and the Euro-Mediterranean Initiative for Technology and Innovation (EuroMedITI), MARSEC-XL aims to attract substantial foreign investment through public/private partnerships for technology transfer, applied research, education and training. For more information, go to www.marsec-xl.org.

(28 July 2008)

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