Volvo Penta announced the start of production and assembly of Seven Marine outboards in Lexington, Tennessee. As of January 2020, the entire lineup of Seven Marine engines has been incorporated into the Volvo Penta production process.
Transitioning production of the Seven Marine engines into Volvo Penta’s manufacturing facility is part of the strategy to further develop the company’s outboard offering. Since acquiring Seven Marine in 2017, efforts have focused on expanding the product lineup and integrating Volvo Penta solutions.
In 2018, Seven Marine was able to extend its horsepower range to include 527hp and 577hp models, and enhance its 627hp flagship model.
Volvo Penta went on integrating all Seven Marine outboards with the company’s Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) and associated easy boating solutions such as DuoProp, joystick docking and driving, Glass Cockpit and more. The Volvo Penta Integrated Outboard Experience debuted first on a Tiara Sport 38LS and earned the NMMA Innovation Award in the outboard category at the Miami Boat Show.
“It’s with great pride that we add the Seven Marine outboard range to our portfolio of marine gasoline solutions that are produced in Tennessee,” commented Martin Bjuve, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas.
“With this step, we are better positioned to leverage the full scope of Volvo Penta assets from the deep expertise and competencies of our team to our robust manufacturing capabilities and high production standards,” said Peter Hertinge, Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Quality for Volvo Penta. “We are proud of the journey that’s led us to this integration and see great opportunity ahead.”
In addition to the Lexington operations, an outboard engineering office has been established in Germantown and Rick Davis, founder of Seven Marine, will continue to work together with the Volvo Penta team.
The 210,000 square foot facility in Lexington houses Volvo Penta’s production of all gasoline engines and drives for worldwide distribution. It also houses a final assembly line for the production of industrial off-road engines.
The factory holds several ISO certifications in the areas of production process management, environmental management and occupational health and safety.
A Seven Marine 627 will be on display in the Volvo Penta booth and available for test at the Miami International Boat Show.
(Volvo Penta: production of Seven Marine Outboards begins in Tennessee – barchemagazine.com – February 2020)