Marine industry mounts loss of veteran designer Rodney Hayward

February 10, 2017

The marine industry lost one of its most creative and charismatic designers, Rodney Gene Hayward, on February 4. He was 55. Hayward specialized in graphics, emblems and logos for boat builders across the country. He also inspired many interior design trends. He was a pioneer in developing new products that raised the bar and set …

NMMA announces 2017 Alan J. Freedman Award Recipient

February 1, 2017

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced it will honor Frank Marciano, President, Domestic Americas, with the 2017 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. The honor recognizes individuals who’ve made outstanding contributions to the marine accessories industry through leadership, creativity and personal motivation. The award will be presented during Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show’s Innovation Breakfast …

Outboard engine shipments up 6.5 percent in 2016

January 27, 2017

The December Monthly Shipment Report (MSR) is now available. U.S. outboard engine wholesale shipments for NMMA’s control group of manufacturers, which represent 95 percent of the market, grew by 6.5 percent in 2016. Gains were led by 4-strokes and higher-powered engines. Corresponding dollars were up by 9.2 percent. NMMA Statistics Program participants have free access …

Sea Tow Foundation providing life jacket loaner stands at Miami International Boat Show

January 26, 2017

Six life jacket loaner stands with 400 life jackets will be available to attendees of the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show February 16-20, 2017, on Virginia Key at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. Through a partnership with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the organizers of the Miami Boat Show, Onyx Outdoor and the …

Sponsorship opportunities for the ICOMIA project

January 17, 2017

Spearheaded by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and supported by NMMA, the ICOMIA Asia project is an initiative to identify and understand obstacles to growth in Asia by working with the industry and authorities to create recommendations on how to develop a friendly recreational boating environment in the region. Sponsors are needed to …

Boat sales are making waves in Minnesota

January 12, 2017

Minnesota boat dealers are preparing and packing their boats to bring to the Minneapolis Boat Show this month. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), “Thirty-six percent of powerboat owners decided to purchase a boat after attending” the Jan. 19-22 boat show. This event and others taking place across the country this month are …

Does a digitized shop make sense?

January 4, 2017

The digitization of marine canvas design and production holds many promises, including time savings and fewer errors. However, many small fabrication shops have found that going digital doesn’t make good business sense. Digital measuring machines, cutters and computers that support computer aided design (CAD) software require a large upfront investment in equipment and training. “It …

Eyes on the Market

January 2, 2017

Transportation industry upholsterers do their homework If you run a successful business, you’re probably looking outside your office walls for consumer trends and industry innovations. We asked fabric manufacturers and upholsterers involved in interiors for the transportation market how they accomplish this important task. Here’s what some of them had to say: Jason Estes, director …

Transporting people: Fabrics in automobiles, buses, trains and planes must be more than fire retardant

Government agencies mandate fire-resistance standards for fabrics used in modes of transportation; however, design aesthetics cannot be regulated. So, aside from the first priority of safety, what do fabricators’ customer want in the interiors of their automobiles, buses, trains and planes? Ron Larabie, president of Dallas-based JetSet Interiors, says his customers rank weight at the …

Sliva named new Herculite western sales manager

January 1, 2017

Buddy Sliva has been hired as western regional sales manager–awning and marine at Herculite Products Inc. Sliva comes to Herculite with many years of successful sales and business development experience, both nationally and regionally. He is an avid supporter of the industrial fabrics industry, serving on IFAI committees and division boards and participating in industry …