The Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show will combine with Strictly Sail Chicago.
Purchased the Rec Boat Holdings family of brands including Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft and Scarab.
An increase in new boat registrations of 14 percent.
Plastic will expand, contract and stretch; Tyvek or brown paper will not.
Some 37 million women read blogs primarily to help them make decisions for their families.
Voted to allow companies to write off more than half the cost of investments in the first year.
Industry professionals from around the world will have access to the industry's premier education program.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has asked the Obama administration to rethink plans to lower biofuel requirement.
Legal requirement that marine manufacturers have their warranty repair rates approved by the state's oversight board.
Marking the first water resources policy update in seven years.
Bloomberg reports both the RV and recreational boating industries "appear to be heating up."
Safety Components of Greenville, S.C., has named Kevin Maine to work with marine, awning and other outdoor fabricators.
Attracted more than 7,600 visitors throughout the four-day event.
With success come other issues like how to manage taxes, one’s income, etc.
impose duties on imports of Korean steel products that are "hurting" the U.S. industry.
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.