Commercial Partnership Agreement between Marubeni and Unseenlabs for the Japanese Market

Mar. 29. 2021
Marubeni Corporation
Unseenlabs SAS

On March 1st, 2021, Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter, “Marubeni”) and Unseenlabs SAS (hereinafter, “Unseenlabs”) signed a commercial partnership agreement to provide the entire Japanese market with Unseenlabs’ high added-value maritime data.

In November 2020, Unseenlabs, a French company that specializes in the geolocation of ships at sea, and a European leader in satellite RF detection from space, deployed its constellation(*1) dedicated to the geolocation of ships at sea with the launch of two new satellites, BRO-2 and BRO-3(*2). Thanks to its embedded proprietary technology based on the identification of the electromagnetic signal emitted by ships, Unseenlabs is able to geolocate from space any ship at sea, even those whose cooperative beacon is turned off.

Marubeni is a major Japanese integrated trading and investment business conglomerate that handles products and provides services in a broad range of businesses across wide-ranging fields. Through this commercial partnership agreement, Marubeni aims to provide various commercial support for the Japanese market, including a wide distribution network for Unseenlabs’s maritime data.

“This agreement with Marubeni fits perfectly with Unseenlabs’ commercial development plan and will enable us to answer many clients’ growing need for a better knowledge of human activities on their waters. We are delighted with this partnership and the great perspectives it opens for us in Japan.”, commented Clément Galic, Cofounder and CEO, Unseenlabs.

“We are very excited to work with Unseenlabs, to pursue new opportunities for space-based geospatial services in Japan. Through this collaboration, we are confident that our team can offer full support to explore the Japanese market, especially in the national security sector.”, commented Michimoto Asano, General Manager, Aviation, Space and Defense Dept., Marubeni Corporation.

(*1) a group of small satellites working together as a system
(*2) Unseenlabs' constellation's first satellite, BRO-1 was launched in 2019 from the Mahia peninsula in New-Zealand.

About Marubeni 
Company Name  Marubeni Corporation
Business Marubeni Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries use their broad business networks, both within Japan and overseas,
to conduct importing and exporting (including third country trading), as well as domestic business, encompassing
a diverse range of business activities across wide-ranging fields including lifestyle, ICT & real estate business, forest products,
food, agi business, chemicals, energy, metlas & mineral resources, power business, infrastructure project, aerospace & ship,
finance & leasing business, construction, industrial machinery & mobility, and next generation business development.
Additionnally, the Marubeni Group offers a variety of services, makes internal and external investments, and
is involved in resource development throughout all of the above industries.
Incorporated December 1, 1949
President and CEO Masumi Kakinoki
Head Office Tokyo Nihombashi Tower, 7-1, Nihonbashi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-6060, Japan
Website https://www.marubeni.com/en/
About Unseenlabs
Company Name Unseenlabs SAS
Business Created in 2015, Unseenlabs is an innovative company of French origin, leader in Europe in RF satellite geolocation of ships at sea.
Its proprietary on-board satellite technology allows to geolocate any ship at sea even those with cooperative beacon off.
Unseenlabs provides a wide range of maritime players with accurate data on ship positions, enabling better monitoring of activities at sea.
Whether it is to meet the data needs of maritime companies, or to help institutions and organizations fight against illegal and
anti-environmental behavior, such as illegal fishing or illegal dumping, Unseenlabs is intended to be a tool at the service of the oceans.
In 2018, Unseenlabs welcomed Definvest (Bpifrance and DGA), Breizh Up, the fund of the Brittany region supported by the Feder and
Hemeria in its capital for an amount of 7.5M€.
Incorporated June 5, 2015
Founders Jonathan Galic (CTO) and Clément Galic (CEO)
Head Office Rennes, France
Website https://unseenlabs.space