Norway-headquartered marine electronics manufacturer Navico has acquired Italian marine monitoring and control systems company Naviop.

Navico said the acquisition will enable it to take a further step in shifting the idea of a central multifunction display to an integrated cloud-connected information system.

“We are pleased to welcome Naviop to the Navico family,” commented Leif Ottosson, Navico’s president and CEO. “For years, auto manufacturers have provided consumers with a complete integration solution at their fingertips, and we, as a marine industry have fallen behind the curve to provide the same level of convenience and control. With Naviop, we have taken a step forward to provide a comprehensive system-integration package for the boatbuilding market – a position that is already well-received with many of our boatbuilding customers.

“Most importantly, these fully integrated marine-electronics systems will enhance the boating experience by making it easier to be an owner and by increasing enjoyment on the water.”

Navico is the parent company to marine electronics brands Lowrance, Simrad and B&G.

It was created through the merger of Simrad Yachting and Lowrance Electronics in 2006.

By Rebecca Jeffrey