NOBELTEC / MAXSEA
Nobeltec is a leading developer of PC-based marine navigation software programs and supplier of electronic charts, hardware, and accessories.
The Company was established in 1993 by two ex-Microsoft engineers and avid boaters whose idea was to produce a Windows® based software program that displayed electronic navigation charts and tracked vessel positions with a GPS. The Company’s first product, Navtrek, was a huge success. Due to the increasing popularity of PCs over the next few years, sales took off. Soon after, Nobeltec broadened its product line with the introduction of Navtrek 97 and Navtrek Solo.
In 1999, Nobeltec merged with Nautical Software, a company that produced the popular ChartView Series and the award-winning Tides & Currents program. Soon after merging, Nobeltec released Visual Navigation Suite 5.0 and Passport World Charts, which proved to be two of the most successful products in Nobeltec’s history.
Shortly thereafter in 2000, Nobeltec was purchased by Jeppesen, a subsidiary of the Boeing Company, and for 9 years Nobeltec and Jeppesen thrived together. However, Jeppesen’s core focus has always been on aviation and marine charts and not on navigation software and marine radars or associated marine accessories.
In 2009 Nobeltec was purchased by Signet, S.A., a leader in marine navigation software in its own right, which is a great fit for Nobeltec. Together, Nobeltec, Signet and the other companies under the Signet S.A. umbrella are investing heavily to build the best products for marine navigation