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FURUNO ACQUIRES DANISH AUTOPILOT COMPANY

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 

Maritime Navigation, Communication and Acoustic systems manufacturer Furuno has acquired Danish company Emri, which specialises in autopilots, steering control, joystick dynamic positioning and manoeuvring systems, .

Based in Herlev, a suburb of Copenhagen, and founded in 1972, Emri's autopilots are in operation onboard 1000plus vessels. Steering control systems have been a key focus of EMRI for many years. Steering gear remote control systems are designed to fit owners’ requirements of safety and ease of operation. The customer reference list includes well-known shipping companies and cruise line owners. Emri also designs and manufactures Joystick Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems with  fuel saving algorithms. Emri is an OEM supplier to several major industrial players with a large installed base.

Muneyuki Koike, Senior MD and Divisional GM, Marine Electronic Products Division of Furuno Electric Company said: “We are very pleased to welcome Emri and our new colleagues to Furuno’s organization. The acquisition of Emri complements our existing and growing presence in the marine market and reinforces our strategy to enhance safety and efficiency at sea, with our core competencies of Sensing, Processing, Communication, Integration, and now with action Control systems. I am excited that Emri’s technology for manoeuvring of larger and specialized vessels will open new opportunities for our innovative capabilities.”

Claus Nørtoft Thomsen, MD and owner of Emri said: “The acquisition marks a milestone in the history of Emri’s technology, and will accelerate growth opportunities in existing and new technologies together with Furuno, a reputable leader in ship navigation, fish finding and communication systems. I am very pleased to communicate that the Emri team is enthusiastic to join forces with Furuno, with whom Emri has been collaborating for several years, supplying sophisticated autopilots and steering system. We stand to unlock substantial sales synergies abroad thanks to Furuno’s global presence. Our access to Furuno’s technical expertise, innovative technologies, and expanding global reach will provide great opportunities for our staff, as well as new benefits and solutions for our customers.”

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