This page lists accepted governmental agencies, industry organizations and educational institutions that are relevant to the specialty fabrics industry.
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Boat Owners Association of The United States has worked to provide savings, service and representation to the boating community since 1966.
Discover Boating is a public awareness effort managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) on behalf of the North American recreational boating industry.
A division of IFAI that focuses on issues that affect the Canadian textile industry.
A division of IFAI that is open to Japanese IFAI member suppliers, manufacturers and fabricators interested in promoting the country's specialty fabrics industry.
The premiere international trade association representing the entire specialty fabrics and technical textiles industries.
An industry association that provides resources and programs for marine fabricators, establishes standards of excellence and maintains an identity for marine fabricators.
NMMA is dedicated to creating, promoting and protecting an environment where members can achieve financial success through excellence in manufacturing, in selling, and in servicing their customers.
The industry association for outdoor fabric products manufacturers in New Zealand.
An industry association for suppliers of apparel, upholstered furniture, home textiles, transportation interiors, leather goods, footwear, and industrial textiles.
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.