IBBI selects Fusion® as marine stereo/entertainment supplier, extends exclusive agreement with Garmin® electronics to 2024
Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today announced that Fusion, a Garmin brand and worldwide leader in marine entertainment, has been selected as a supplier of choice for the Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI), the industry’s largest purchasing cooperative. Beginning Model Year 2020, this agreement will give members direct access to Fusion’s full line of audio entertainment products through 2024. Comprised of a 19-member network of leading boat brands, IBBI members collectively build nearly 25% of all boats sold in the U.S.
“We are extremely honored that IBBI has chosen Fusion to be a stereo supplier of choice,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “IBBI members are some of the most innovative boat builders in the industry, and together with Garmin, Fusion is committed to supplying them with exciting new products and solutions, and first-class service that meet and exceed the needs of their customers.”
Fusion offers an innovative range of stereos, speakers, amplifiers, subwoofers and audio accessories, designed and engineered to deliver a superior and intuitive audio entertainment in the challenging marine environment. Its flagship head unit – the Apollo RA770 – is the industry’s first touchscreen marine stereo with Apple Airplay and Wi-fi audio distribution.
In addition, Garmin, the parent company to Fusion, was awarded an extension to continue as IBBI’s exclusive marine electronics supplier for the next five years. This agreement grants IBBI members access to Garmin’s extensive product portfolio that includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use.
“We are excited to expand our strategic relationship with Garmin into the Fusion marine stereo product line,” said Tom Broy, IBBI president. “The Fusion stereo products are top-of-the-line products that can instantly add a sense of quality to any boat. Garmin was just awarded our supplier of the year award, so extending our Garmin contract was an easy decision.”
Garmin is the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer1 and was recently named Manufacturer of the Year for the fourth consecutive year by the NMEA, an honor given to the most recognized marine electronics company for support of products in the field. Fusion, the leader in marine audio entertainment, is dedicated to offering innovative, intuitive, award-winning solutions that enhance personal leisure time on the water. Other Garmin marine brands include Navionics–a premier supplier of electronic charts, and EmpirBus™.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary markets, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, instagram.com/garmin or youtube.com/garmin. For more information on Fusion, visit fusionentertainment.com or contact 623-580-9000.
1Based on 2017 reported sales.
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Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin, Fusion and Navionics are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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