According to the NMMA, there has been a 13 percent increase in recreational boating in Canada.
Fashion design students were asked to create boating designs with female consumers in mind.
Hinckley Co. is the first strategic partner of My-Villages' Innovation Partner program.
Council will work to improve collaboration among recreational boating stakeholder groups.
Customers want bright, new fabrics—but providers are cautious not to be victimized by ‘trends.’
NCMA and its members will be part of NMMA under the recently formed NMMA West.
The deadline for the Industrial Fabrics Foundation's scholarhip application is May 17, 2013.
Solid customer relationships is the underlying goal in successful sales.
Events will be based on local market, boating opportunities and industry partners.
Award recognizes individuals that have provided protection to the sport of boating.
Award recognizes individuals who have made contributions to the marine accessories industry.
Relief fund provides aid to marine businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
The 2013 Time Standards Manual is now available for download.
Guide assists companies that make environmental claims in advertising campaigns.
My Boat Village, a digital collaborative, finds valuable resources and expert advice.
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.