Papenburg, Germany -- FUNA International was honored by leading international shipbuilder Meyer Werft GmbH at its fifth annual Best Supplier of the Year Awards. With the award Meyer Werft recognized FUNA for outstanding electrical engineering work on two top-of-the-line cruise ships: the AIDAblu and the Celebrity Eclipse, delivered respectively to AIDA Cruises and Celebrity Cruises in 2010.
FUNA's Authorized Officer Andreas KÃ¶hler and Senior Vice President Marc Goossens were present to accept the award at the ceremony held on 10 February 2011 at the Alte Werft convention centre in Papenburg. “This very great honor is testament to the quality and dedication of the whole FUNA team,” said KÃ¶hler. “We value our longstanding business relationship with Meyer Werft. They know they can rely on FUNA's service and expertise to give their customers the best products and to help them stay competitive in the marketplace.”
“FUNA's technical and engineering work reaches into all areas of shipbuilding, which means that our people interact with all departments of the shipyard in the course of a project,” says Goossens. “This award from Meyer Werft and the company-wide recognition it signifies will motivate us to do an even better job and continue to find ways to boost productivity to benefit our clients. We look forward to many more Meyer Werft maritime projects in future.”
Primary judging criteria for Meyer Werft's Supplier of the Year Awards were reliability, quality, organization and occupational safety. In addition to honoring FUNA for its electrical engineering work, Meyer Werft gave awards to providers in several other categories: mechanical engineering (to e + s aqua), outfitting (Brombach und Gess) and interiors/accommodations (HK Development) and a special award to MenÃ¼ 2000 Catering.
FUNA International (http://www.funa.com) is a global design, engineering, integration and consulting firm employing more than 200 professionals in 10 international locations. The company was founded in 1972 and its headquarters are located in Emden, Germany. FUNA has over 35 years of experience integrating a variety of complex systems encompassing projects from A to Z (well, at least A to W) including Airports to Wind Turbines and everything in between. FUNA's extensive maritime experience is comprised of vessels of all types including superyachts and cruise ships. These include such high profile projects as 8 of the 10 largest cruise ships currently afloat as well as 25 of the 100 largest superyachts in the world.
In 2007, as part of FUNA's strategic growth plan, FUNA GmbH Nachrichtentechnik merged with Teledimensions International Inc. (TDI) to create FUNA International GmbH (“FUNA”). Based in the USA, TDI's experience in both land and maritime projects as well as their business activities in Finland created a powerful blend of synergies. The end result of merging these two successful companies is a global design, engineering, integration and consulting firm consisting of over 200 people and 10 strategically located international facilities to serve FUNA's clients.
FUNA is certified ISO 9001 compliant in Germany and Finland and is in the process of receiving certification in the United States.
About Meyer Werft
MEYER WERFT GmbH in Papenburg was founded in 1795 and is still owned by the Meyer family, now in the sixth generation. Bernard Meyer is managing partner of the company. During the past decades MEYER WERFT has achieved an excellent worldwide reputation for the construction of special-purpose ships. The company is especially well known for the construction of huge, modern and highly sophisticated cruise vessels. Today MEYER WERFT employs more than 2,500 people, making it the most important employer in the region. The family-owned company also provides professional training to about 300 apprentices.