Discovering Opportunities in the Spanish Boatin Market 2014.
Marine Fabricators School of Excellence will be held Aug. 4–5.
Millions of dollars in Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program competitive grants awarded to 10 states and the District of Columbia.
Emphasizes products that advance the "business of boating."
2013 statistics revealed: boating fatalities totaled 560--the fewest boating fatalities on record.
Voted in May to make permanent a tax credit that rewards businesses for investing in research and development.
Legendary basketball coach Bob Knight will present a motivational speech on "Winning" at the annual Industry Breakfast on Sept. 30.
With the Miami Beach Convention Center scheduled to begin major renovations at the end of 2015, potential alternative hostings sites are being considered.
Features more than 360 pages and includes updates on boater and boat owner demographics.
Beneteau America will sponsor the Sailing for ALS campaign, led by Beneteau dealership owner Charles-Etienne Devanneaux of Naos Yachts.
Built on the .NET and SQL Server platform released last year, MarinaOffice version 7.7 offers additional features and functionality.
A three-part web series on the multiple uses of its fabrics, including at home, on the water and on a road adventure.
Launched an exclusive partnership with Boatbound to introduce more people to sailing.
A proposed solution to stop the spread of Asian carp to the Great Lakes.
A downloadable online buyer’s resource for new boats called Boat Reviews 2013.
Fabric suppliers see the marine market in a severe downturn because of the weakening U.S. and world economy, as well as cautious customer purchasing for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy does rebound, the OEM market segment will be sluggish. Price-conscious marine fabricators will continue to seek less expensive imported fabrics. This continued influx of imports (not just from Asia) will erode market shares for the market leaders. If the weather is warmer and sunnier in 2009, the marine fabric market may still face decreases, but not as much as in 2008.
Marine fabricators see the market slowly coming back if the economy begins to improve in 2009. The current slump in boat sales will change how they market their products and services. There will be more use of the Internet, discounting of prices, increasing advertising budgets, and increasing product features as they relate to sustainability trends. Technology will continue to improve, particularly in stitching and hot and dielectric welding. Fabricators see raw material prices remaining high compared to the past (before 2007). Like fabric manufacturers, they see more fabric being sourced outside of the U.S. They also feel that their industry will continue to have a hard time finding skilled craftspeople for custom work.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.