Furuno expands investment in ENL

Furuno Electric Co. Ltd of Japan has bought further into New Zealand’s ENL electronics company, confirming a 29.5% share, up from an initial 10% investment.

Furuno expands investment in ENL
Left to right: ENL’s Gareth Hodson with Furuno MD Hiroyuki Mori and Muneyuki Koike.

The move is further evidence of Furuno’s confidence in ENL’s ground-breaking technology, particularly WASSP – the award-winning multibeam sonar system that produces 3D topographic imagery of the seafloor and associated fish detection.

The partnership will see ENL continue to work closely with the Furuno product planning division on specialist projects.

Furuno managing director Muneyuki Koike has high expectations from this investment and collaborative approach.

"ENL’s multibeam technology will be an essential element in our product portfolio and we will leverage the technology for all kinds of maritime customers from professional fishermen to recreational boaters," he said.

Since its commercial introduction in 2006, WASSP has established itself as a major leader with significant numbers of systems sold into sectors such as commercial fishing, defence, survey and mapping and superyacht applications.

ENL Group managing director Gareth Hodson says the increased investment is a significant step for the Kiwi company.

"Furuno’s financial investment in ENL will strengthen our position in the New Zealand and South Pacific sector with the Furuno brand, together with numerous opportunities to expand our R&D and global export business from New Zealand," Hodson said.

Both companies will also be looking to expand their presence in the hydrographic survey sector, following the introduction of a cost-effective WASSP model which meets the International Hydrographic Office Standard 1a for Survey and Mapping and Dredging Applications.

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