Navico Group is to carry out a multi-million dollar investment in its Lowell, Michigan facility to create a centre of excellence in metal fabrication and electrification.
The investment is intended to increase quality, capacity, and efficiency, as well as improve product manufacturing capabilities.
“Navico Group is committed to being a leader in metal fabrication and electrification for the industries we serve, and this investment is a testament to that,” said Brett Dibkey, Navico Group president. “The new manufacturing capabilities that we are implementing in the Lowell facility will enhance product development agility and speed-to-market.”
The metal fabrication centre of excellence will be equipped with the latest laser and robotic fabrication technology to aid in the development and production of high-quality products for the marine industry.
Most of the products will be marketed under the Attwood brand.
The new battery lab and assembly capability will aid in the design and development of custom power solutions for the markets that Navico Group serves with its brands including Mastervolt and RELiON Battery.
The lab will enable engineers to develop and test end-to-end battery technologies, from bespoke battery management systems (BMS) to emergent cell chemistries.
The battery facility will become Navico Group’s second electrification centre of excellence – in addition to the company’s Amsterdam facility. “The new battery facility is another example of our commitment to developing and delivering world-class low- and high-voltage electrification solutions to our customers around the world,” added Brett. “The shift to electrification is taking place in the industries that we serve, and this investment allows us to immediately serve our global customers.”