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Suunto is the world´s leading manufacturer of wristop computers, diving instruments, field compasses, marine compasses and precision instruments. The company, Suunto Oyj, was founded in 1936 by a Finnish engineer by name Tuomas Vohlonen who invented the first liquid-filled compass in the world. Since that day Suunto has been a major player in field compass manufacturing. In 1952 the product range was also extended to include marine compasses (both for sailing- and power boats) and also mechanical diving instruments. 1987 saw the appearance of what was later to prove the seed of much of the company's later growth, with the start of mass production of the SME dive computer.
That was 16 years ago, and today Suunto is the international market leader in dive computers and related instruments. In 1997, Suunto launched the world's first wristop dive computer, the Spyder. This was followed in 1998 by the Vector. These two were the first wristop computers to be based on sensor technology. The Vector was soon followed by a new product family.
In October 1999, the Amer Group Plc. (listed on the New York and Helsinki stock-markets) aquired Suunto. Nowadays, Suunto has one business area instead of the previous three: Sports Instruments. One company with one goal, to be the world's most attractive sports instrumentation brand.
Today, Suunto is known all over the world for its advanced products and reliable quality. Its field compasses, hand bearing compasses, marine compasses, clinometers, tree height meters, diving instruments and wristop computers are valued by amateurs, competitive athletes and the most demanding professionals.
Suunto instruments are assembled and manufactured according to the highest quality standards that earned the company the ISO 9001 certification (certification nr. 96-HEL-AQ-220). The company has strengthened its R&D capability significantly, and enhanced and improved the way that it works. The result is a team stretching all the way from research to production, marketing, sales and the customer.