Mercury Marine Begins Expansion for New Noise, Vibration, Harshness FacilityPublished on April 9, 2018
Mercury Marine has broken ground on a new expansion at its global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The two-story NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) facility’s first chamber, and the office space is scheduled to be completed by October 2018, while the second chamber is targeted to be completed by the end of the year. The $10 million investment will add close to 20,000 additional square feet to the more than 2.5 million square-foot campus. With this latest expansion, Mercury has now invested more than $800 million since 2009 in expansion and R&D with most of the work again being outsourced to Wisconsin-based companies.
NVH is the engineering practice of studying noise, vibration and harshness characteristics to ensure the quietest and most peaceful engine for the consumer. The new technical center will contain two marine-specific hemi-anechoic chambers, structural dynamic testing bays, listening rooms, offices and workspaces.
Further proof of Mercury’s commitment to NVH leadership is the company’s all-new 3.4L V6 200hp FourStroke outboard engine, which was launched in February 2018, is 15 to 30 percent quieter with 50 percent less vibration than the leading 200hp four-stroke competitor.