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Comet Illuminator: July 2011 Newsletter

Comet Illuminator: July 2011 Newsletter

Comet

This bi-monthly newsletter features the latest information about Comet’s new products, exhibitions and events and tells how our leading marine distress signals have aided in maritime rescues and ensure mariners stay safe at sea.

Shows & Events

Successful Nor-Shipping show

Chemring Marine has had a successful Nor-Shipping trade show exhibiting its range of Comet products. Managing Director Justine Heeley, Marketing Coordinator Victoria Jones and Sales Managers Holger Muegge and Chris Feibusch manned the Chemring Marine stand C03-02m at the Norway, Oslo show from 24-27 May and met distributors, clients and contacts.

Corporate

Sigrid retires after 38 years

After 38 years of working for Chemring Defence Germany, Sigrid Beyer is retiring. Sigrid joined Comet in the summer of 1973 and worked in the purchase department for four year before switching to sales and marketing, where she was responsible for sales administration of pyrotechnics for commercial, military, marine and leisure markets in Germany. After later reorganisation, the military and some marine business was handled by other departments, but Sigrid was still responsible for around 500 clients.

Corporate

New Sales Administrator

Vanessa Martin is now providing administration support to distributors of the world-leading Comet and Pains Wessex marine distress signals in Europe and the Middle East. Vanessa has the ideal experience for the role, as she was responsible for Middle East accounts while working at the Dubai Trade Centre for four years. Before joining Chemring Marine, she worked for medical devices manufacturer Covidien in the Regulatory Affairs department.

Distributor News

Distributor conference invites sent

Invitations to this year’s Chemring Marine’s distributor conference have been sent out. The conference takes place on Sunday 13 and Monday 14 November in Bremerhaven, Germany and is being organized by Marketing Coordinator Victoria Jones.

Shows & Events

Chris’ good turn for charity

Sales Manager Chris Feibusch completed an extra-long charity sponsored walk after taking a wrong turning. Chris took part in the 60km Just Walk event on Saturday 7 May and raised £600 for the FSID (Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths), which carries out research into the causes of cot death, raises awareness and supports bereaved parents.

Promotion & Marketing

Children’s handball tournament

More than 200 children have taken part in a handball tournament in Bremen, Germany, sponsored by Chemring Marine. Teams of children aged five and six competed in the morning and those aged seven and eight took part in the afternoon.

Promotion & Marketing

Solent swimmers sponsored

Courageous students, sponsored by Chemring Marine to swim across the Solent, found just why marine distress signals are a vital safety aid. During the gruelling 2hour 10minute swim by five Portsmouth Grammar School sixth-formers, across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, thick fog engulfed the 3.5miles of water, so it was crucial that their safety boats were equipped with Chemring Marine flares.

Corporate

Out of this world

Managing Director Justine Heeley enjoyed an out-of-the-world trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, USA. During the quarterly Chemring Group meeting, the group had the opportunity to tour the museum, seeing well-known space exhibits including the Enterprise Space Shuttle. The most recent shuttle, which is being decommissioned, will be moved into the museum.

Products & Website

Flares vital for marine craft

An article in the latest RYA News highlights just why it is vital for marine craft to carry flares. It tells how Carl Lomas, who calls himself Lord Hollinsclough, and his family were sailing in the South Atlantic, near South Georgia, when their 60ft Oyster Cutter Sloop struck a low-lying iceberg and started sinking.

Company details

Chemring Marine Ltd., based in Fareham, UK, is part of the Chemring Group PLC. The company is the world’s leading supplier of SOLAS, MED & USCG approved Marine Distress Signals to the commercial and leisure marine markets, under the brand names Comet and Pains Wessex. The quality, technological superiority and innovative design of these products place the company at the forefront of marine safety, saving lives around the globe for more than a century. Available through over 200 distributors in more than 80 countries, Chemring Marine’s comprehensive range of products are specified by the world’s navies, merchant fleets, fishing vessels, rescue services, airlines and leisure craft alike.