Maritime & Marine

Published: September 17, 2020 | Updated: September 17, 2020

Actisense is recognised for flying the flag for British technology in markets across the globe

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Marine electronics specialist Actisense has been named an ‘Export Champion’ by the Department for International Trade (DIT).

It’s among a number of UK businesses recognised for working with the DIT to successfully make export a major part of its trade strategy.

The Poole-based company is one of the businesses celebrated in a publication created by the Export is GREAT campaign from the DIT.

Actisense markets and sells its NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) specialist equipment in 45 countries around the globe.

Exports make up more than 83 per cent of its annual turnover.

Phil Whitehurst, CEO, pictured left, said: “We’re extremely proud to have been named an Export Champion by the Department for International Trade.

“We have worked closely with them to help guide our export strategy and, as a relatively small business, we have seen tremendous growth over the past five years in our international territories.

“It’s wonderful to be able to fly the flag for British technology in the marine and agricultural markets around the world.”

Thom Webb, Deputy Director, UK Regions (Southern England) at the DIT, said: “In 2018, we launched our Export Strategy, in which we described how Export Champions are a key element to deliver our ambition to encourage and inspire businesses that can export but have not started.

“They (Export Champions) are a group of handpicked exporters, who have worked with us at DIT to take their products or services to customers worldwide and have been successful in doing so.”

Actisense’s most popular products include its NMEA data conversion gateways, NMEA 2000 WiFi gateway as well as its complete range of NMEA 2000 networking cables and connectors.

The company won the International Trade Award at the 2019 Maritime UK Awards.

Actisense was formed by Phil, a Chartered Electronics Engineer, in 1997.