Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

October 31, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week its call for nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product that protects public health and the environment. The deadline is December 31, 2016. “Green chemistry innovations couple scientific brilliance with the entrepreneurial …

IFAI Expo 2016 closes successful show with near-record attendance

IFAI Expo 2016, the textile industry’s show of record, attracted 5,023 participants to the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., from Oct. 18-21. IFAI Expo is the largest display of specialty fabrics and technical textiles in the Americas. Attendees were treated to four days of product demonstrations, education, networking, exhibits and awards recognizing industry achievement. “We …

Boat-building forecasts indicate growth

October 28, 2016

Boat-building production forecasts were upwardly revised in the third quarter of 2016 to reflect accelerating growth, according to ITR Economics. The ITR forecast puts third quarter growth up 12 percent and annual growth up 10.9 percent. Forecasts indicate growth to continue through June 2019, decelerating toward the end of 2018. The 2016 ITR Economics Forecast …

Shake-A-Leg ‘Art of Sail’ event set Oct. 29

October 26, 2016

As an in-kind sponsor, The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is encouraging the industry to support and attend Shake-A-Leg’s first annual event, the “Art of Sail” on Saturday, October 29.  Shake-A-Leg Miami (SALM), a nonprofit organization working with individuals in a marine environment who have physical, developmental and economic challenges, is hosting the event to …

Marlen Textiles adds distributor

Marlen Textiles, a New Haven, Mo.-based manufacturer of outdoor textiles, announced that Action Upholstery Supply will be a full line distributor of their products. Action Upholstery Supply, Sarasota, Fla., was established in 1987 and has grown into a nationwide distributor serving marine fabricators with top quality products. Stock, in a variety of colors of the …

IFAI Expo 2016: Show Stopper winners

October 21, 2016

Thursday morning at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year—including the 2016 winners of the Show Stopper program, recognizing the most innovative new products in the exhibit hall. Thomson Research Associates was recognized for Ultra-Fresh DM-25 in the category of chemicals, coatings and compounds. Fenetex won for its Adjustable Tracks for …

Protect your competitive advantage using intellectual property

According to Art MacCord, a patent lawyer with MacCord Mason, marketplace winners are those whose products are unique and desirable. MacCord shared information about protecting your company’s competitive advantage and product differentiation using intellectual property during a campfire session on Oct. 20 at IFAI Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Intellectual property law cannot bestow desirability, but …

Beating the pink stain problem in marine fabrics

October 20, 2016

What’s known as pink stain is a common problem on light colored vinyl. Marine fabricators know exactly what pink stain looks like on cushions and other applications, but the problem also occurs in flooring, bedding and other vinyl surfaces. Thomas Robitaille, global technical marketing lead at Lonza Inc., presented an overview of pink staining Oct. …

IFAI announces International Achievement Award winners

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded seven 2016 Best in Category International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications at the 2016 IFAI Expo. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held this year at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. For more than …

Marine shop features efficiency and organization

October 19, 2016

Rick’s Custom Marine Canvas and Sail Repair, Cornelius, N.C., was the second stop on the IFAI Specialty Fabrics tour Oct. 19. The tour was as part of the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Rick Berkey, owner of Rick’s Custom Marine, welcomed tour participant to look around his new shop that is behind his home. …