MD Chad Hooper
A North Shields-based marine technology firm is expanding in to the US market investing $500,000 in a dedicated production facility in San Diego, California.
Succorfish, headquartered on North Shields Fish Quay has set up a US division as part of its expansion plans to drive overseas growth in the American market and across the global military sector.
Established in 2009, Succorfish provide organisations with intuition from machine intelligence and its latest product development – the pioneering SCX4 subsea communication tool - has attracted the attention of the US and global military.
The new production facility in San Diego, California will enable the company to manufacture its products in the US and secure the company ITAR – International Trade of Arms – status.
Chad Hooper, MD of Succorfish M2M said: “Succorfish invests heavily in research and development and the resulting technology has created products with potential in a number of new global markets.
“Although traditionally rooted in the fisheries and marine sector, we are now attracting interest from international military sources – particularly in relation to our eagerly awaited SC4X subsea communication tool allowing divers to communicate with one another at a distance of up to 3km.
Succorfish switched manufacturing to North America five years ago but became registered in the US as Succorfish LLC in 2017. The 4000 sq ft production facility is managed under the leadership of US Chief Commercial Officer, Matthew Holland and is now fully functional.
Matthew Holland, US chief commercial officer comments: “Finding quality manufacturers is an issue for any business and the wish to open a US base was accelerated by a need to take more control over the manufacturing process. The goal was to make Succorfish a priority from a manufacturing point of view but also retain full quality control of our bespoke units, ensure patent protection and meet a number of compliance issues for end-users, particularly the military.
“It does also mean we’re in a position to offer a design for manufacture service to other firms looking for a quality service and advice when it comes to entering the US market as our production facility does have the capacity to work with customers looking for a manufacturing partner.”
The US production facility is now due to start manufacturing the first SC4X products, following an exclusive presentation by Succorfish team members in Florida at an invite-only US Special Forces event.
Chad Hooper continues: “Longer-term we are confident that Succorfish LLC will provide a base for greater exposure into new markets whilst also guaranteeing confidence in our manufacturing capabilities to retain the quality of our bespoke product range.”