Garmin named 2022 Manufacturer of the Year by the National Marine Electronics Association

For the eighth straight year, Garmin brings home top NMEA honors and adds five Product of Excellence awards to its winning streak

OLATHE, Kan./Oct. 12, 2022/Business Wire – Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN), the world’s most innovative and recognized marine electronics manufacturer, is proud to announce that it was named Manufacturer of the Year in the large manufacturer category for the eighth consecutive year by members of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) at its annual conference and awards banquet held Oct. 6 in Anaheim, Calif. The coveted title of Manufacturer of the Year is given to the most recognized company in the marine electronics industry for excellence in product service and support in the field.

Garmin was also awarded five Product of Excellence awards in the multi-function display (MFD), autopilot, multimedia entertainment, mobile application—utility, and automatic identification system (AIS) categories. These awards are voted on by NMEA dealers who specialize in installing marine electronics, qualified NMEA technicians and fellow marine electronics manufacturers.

“We’re proud to be a part of the NMEA and honored to be held in such high regard by our industry peers and customers as the Manufacturer of the Year,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “These awards represent our unwavering commitment to design, manufacture, sell and support the best marine electronics in the industry, and they validate the hard work and dedication of our entire team.”

This year’s NMEA Product of Excellence honors for Garmin and its brands include:

MFD – GPSMAP® 8416xsv

This 16-inch chartplotter boasts a full HD in-plane switching (IPS) display with multi-touch control and comes preloaded with maps and charts along with support for optional Garmin Navionics+ cartography with access to daily updates, Auto Guidance+ technology1 and more. The GPSMAP 8416xsv offers anglers exceptional sonar detail with built-in support for a wide range of CHIRP traditional and scanning sonars, Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar, and the entire Panoptix all-seeing sonar line, including LiveScope live scanning sonar. This is Garmin’s eighth consecutive honor in this category.

Autopilot – Reactor 40 Hydraulic Autopilot with SmartPump v2

The Reactor was Garmin’s first recreational autopilot system to utilize AHRS technology and boasts usability, installation flexibility, and many other features that prove to be valuable for any vessel. With a new edge-to-edge glass touchscreen display, the included GHC 50 autopilot instrument not only looks good, it makes navigation simple and hassle free. For 10 years running, Garmin has been awarded the top spot in the autopilot category.

Multimedia Entertainment – Fusion® Apollo RA770

This marine entertainment system was the world’s first touchscreen marine stereo with Apple AirPlay®, built-in Wi-Fi and network audio sharing capabilities. This extends Garmin’s winning streak in this category to seven years.

Marine Application, Utility – ActiveCaptain®

A free mobile app for mariners, ActiveCaptain is an all-in-one companion app to onboard Garmin electronics that delivers a seamless content management system with access to cartography, automatic delivery of the latest software available, off-vessel planning capabilities, connected services and so much more. This is Garmin’s eighth consecutive win in this category.  

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for anglers, sailors, mariners and boat enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing the most innovative, highest quality, and easiest to use marine electronics the industry has ever known, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. Other Garmin marine brands include Fusion and Navionics®. For more information, visit email our media team at [email protected]

1Auto Guidance is for planning purposes only and does not replace safe navigation operation.