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NMMA Canada has announced its support for the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
Seven companies now authorized to sell NOAA paper nautical charts.
New commission charged with identifying and attracting sailing and marine events.
Seattle celebrating a successful nine-day Seattle Boat Show and strong January boat sales.
New recently drafted and approved standard reduces fire risks of spray painting large objects.
Five Squadrons from across the country and one District were honored with Distinguished Civic Service Awards.
Reserve a spot to attend this webinar, featuring Carl Blackwell, Discover Boating's president.
Senators introduced a bill that would eliminate the federal government rule that requires corn-based fuel to be included in gasoline blend.
Rallee Chupich, co-owner of Gordy's Lakefront Marine of Fontana, Wis., is the 2013 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year.
Davis Instruments has acquired the Simply Brilliant Shockles and SolLight product lines.
Legendary Marine has been named the No. 1 boat dealer in North America.
Marlen Textiles Inc. has determined that its entire product line is now in compliance with the Berry Amendment
The Landing School of Arundel, Maine, and the Laramie, Wyo.-based WTI Foundation were selected as recipients of 2013 MRAA Technical Scholarships.
The National Association of Manufacturers has won its case against the National Labor Relations Board.
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.