Raymarine acquires Tacktick with eye towards global sailboat market

6/30/2011

MERRIMACK, N.H. – Raymarine has acquired Tacktick from sports precision instruments manufacturer Suunto. Tacktick, formed in 1996 and based in Havant, Hampshire UK, develops and manufactures wireless, solar powered instruments for the marine market.

The acquisition was made with an eye towards opportunities for Raymarine and Tacktick in the global sailboat market, according to a company news release. The company says Tacktick equipment complements Merrimack, N.H.-based Raymarine’s range of marine electronics for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Tacktick equipment will eventually be distributed as a product line through Raymarine subsidiaries, distributors and service dealers worldwide. Tacktick customers will also be able to tap into Raymarine’s marine service network.

“We think this acquisition makes tremendous sense for us,” said Tom Surran, general manager of Raymarine UK Ltd., in the company's release. “Tacktick’s unique Micronet technology allied with the development rigor and manufacturing efficiencies of Raymarine will make for a powerful combination.”

Raymarine is a division of Wilsonville, Ore.-based FLIR Systems, which designs, manufactures, and supports thermal imaging systems and subsystems for industrial, scientific, government, commercial, and firefighting applications.


 


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