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Finding vintage fabric

January 1, 2009

Compiled by Juli Case Question: A customer brought in a boat from the early 1990s that needs fabric repair on one of the seats. He requested the original fabric, which I don’t think is available anymore. Where can I get “old” boat fabric? Answer: When a customer brings in an older boat with original materials, …

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Specialized fabrics present opportunities for marine industry

In today’s challenging economic environment, marine fabricators must be tuned into trends within the industry and within the larger sales and marketing landscape. This level of awareness is essential if fabricators are to weather the current economic downturn and position themselves for future growth. One of the most promising of industry trends is the development …

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IFAI chairman discusses the challenges of sustainability

Eco-friendliness is one of the biggest trends in any market. Whether or not you’ve jumped on the green bandwagon, doing so will most likely be inevitable and could help your business. Scott Campbell, chairman of the Industrial Fabrics Association International and owner of Rainier Industries in Tukwila, Wash., talks about green initiatives as they relate …

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Marine industry survey

This summary of the U.S./Canadian marine fabric market segment focuses mostly on the U.S. marketplace, particularly as it relates to the state of the marine fabric market over the past few years: trends, top marine fabric applications and the market outlook. Much of the information was derived from a recent survey conducted by the Industrial …

Coated polyester stocked in 15 UV-resistant colors

BondCote’s Marine One, for marine cover and top applications, is a 9.25-ounce coated polyester. It is waterproof, has excellent tensile, tear and abrasion properties, is mildew resistant and passes the FMVSS 302 flame test. Marine One is stocked in 15 bright, UV-resistant colors and is available in 60-inch width and 60-yard rolls. It comes with …

Heavy-duty webbing ideal for outdoor applications

Fasnap offers heavy-duty polyester webbing that is ideal for outdoor applications. The webbing will not bleed, is UV resistant and moisture repellent. It’s available in black and white and in various widths. SOURCE Fasnap, 800 624 2058, sales@fasnap.com

Advanced material provides outdoor protection

Cooley Sign & Awning Products’ Weathertyte Lite is an 11-ounce, technically advanced waterproof material. It offers the look and feel of a woven fabric and the benefits of a high-performance composite vinyl. Weathertyte Lite is perfect for marine applications where protection from the environment is key. It can be decorated with conventional techniques and it …

Cockpit cushioning foam formulated for eco-friendly applications

EZ-Dri polyether-polyurethane foam cushions from Crest Foam Industries Inc. are now available in densities of 1.2, 1.5 and 1.8 pounds per cubic foot, with a comfort range from “plush” to “ultra-firm.” New “green” EZ-Dri materials, available for the 1.5-density family, are formulated for environmentally friendly applications.Large, open pores permit water drainage and air circulation, allowing …

Versatile fabric features dimensional stability and superior UV resistance

Bruin Plastics Co. Inc., Glendale, R.I., is proud to be the national distributor for WeatherMax all-weather fabric. Bruin is now offering cut yardage of this versatile fabric for all your marine applications. WeatherMax is a durable, breathable fabric featuring dimensional stability and superior UV resistance for long-term color and strength retention. Bruin is offering custom …

Microsuede fabric manufactured to exceed specifications

Vicar Intl. is now stocking UniSuede, a very fine microsuede fabric manufactured to exceed the most demanding of specifications, yet luxurious enough to appeal to the selective decorator’s eye. A distribution agreement with Novatex of California makes Vicar the sole distributor and warehousing agent from Colorado to the East Coast. Perfect for automotive, marine, aircraft …