Emden, Germany, 18 May 2010 — FUNA International Group (FUNA), a global design, engineering, integration and consulting firm for maritime and land-based projects, announced that Advanced New Technologies Ltd (ANT) a leading UK-based superyacht integration company, has joined the FUNA International Group of companies. The combination provides a greater capacity to deliver specialized consulting, design, engineering, fabrication, installation, programming, training, commissioning and after sales support to clients in the superyacht, high-end residential and cruise ship markets across the globe.
FUNA and ANT foresee that both companies’ clients will benefit from the increased purchasing power and greater resources, including significant engineering and CAD capabilities and a wider global footprint. The combined resources will now include over 200 highly trained staff members operating out of 10 offices located in 8 countries throughout Europe and North America.
“FUNA is delighted to have ANT join our group as it will enable us to expand and develop even further globally,” said Rex Stull, President FUNA International. “We pride ourselves on delivering the very best service and technology to our customers. Having a leading superyacht integrator such as ANT onboard with its long history of successful and high profile projects is a significant addition to our skill set.”
“The decision to come together was born from both ANT and FUNA recognising the need for it,” comments Steve Puckering, CEO, ANT. “This joint approach makes us capable of integrating and delivering an expanded array of technologies to the cruise ship and superyacht industries, ranging from West End and Broadway-caliber theatre installations, to the most modern entertainment, lighting, fire detection and communications systems available.”
Both companies have recently been awarded a number of significant contracts across their range of services including some significant new-build and refit projects which will now directly benefit from this joining of forces. Many of these contracts are for repeat customers and involve the largest and most complex vessels in both the cruise ship and superyacht arenas.