Garmin, the world’s leading mobile navigation device company, started it’s routes in Hampshire and has expanded its base in the county since its foundation in 1989.
A global manufacturer of in-car sat navs, portable navigation devices, handheld GPS units, and GPS products for the marine and outdoor sectors, Garmin has enjoyed substantial growth driven from its European headquarters in Southampton. The company business structure is based on performing all design, manufacturing, warehouse and marketing processes in-house at its base located near Southampton.
The company has a history of innovation, starting out with just a handful of dedicated engineers, Garmin has grown both in sales and critical acclaim. The company now develops a diverse product line in addition to traditional in-car sat navs market in a number of technological sub sectors including; motorcycle sat navs, marine for GPS fishfinders, chartplotters, aviation devices and GPS systems, mobile navigation devices for smartphones, OEM custom solutions, fitness products including GPS tracking and training watches, outdoor GPS handhelds for walking and mountaineering, GPS devices for golfers and even GPS devices for tracking your dog.
“Dispatching as many products per day worldwide as we do means that location is absolutely essential to our business,” says Clive Taylor, Senior Marketing Manager of Garmin UK. “Our location in Hampshire means that we are just minutes from two major motorways, a regional airport connecting us to Europe and one of the country's premier commercial ports. Hampshire’s strengths in the aerospace and marine fields also positions us ideally for our innovations and expansions with clients in these sector.”