NMMA president appointed to consumer goods committee

July 30, 2012

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) president, Thom Dammrich, has been appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) on Consumer Goods. The ITAC is a part of the International Trade Administration, a government agency devoted to strengthening U.S. industries through trade, investments and support for the National Export Initiative. Dammrich will represent the recreational …

NMMA distributes E15 warning labels to manufacturers

July 26, 2012

Beginning this week, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is distributing 100,000 E15 warning labels to NMMA member boat manufacturers across the country to place on their boats in hopes of alerting boaters to the potential dangers of fuel with a high volume of ethanol. The labels will help educate boaters that E15 should not …

NMMA launches Export Development program

July 23, 2012

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) launched an Export Development initiative to help its members better connect with emerging international growth opportunities and realize untapped potential in the international market. Nearly 69 percent of consumers live outside the U.S. (International Trade Resource Center), creating significant potential for the U.S. recreational boating industry, which is already …

Marine upholstery fabric

July 1, 2012

OMNOVA Solutions introduces five new designs to the Nautolex upholstery line for exterior and interior marine applications. Facet combines a 3-D grid design and is available in nine colors. Free Spirit features a subtle, metallic glitter and comes in 14 bold and neutral shades. Pebbletex’s raised stipple texture mimics the look and feel of pebbles. …

Aftermarket distributor program

To help serve boat owners and refurbishment businesses, OMNOVA Solutions is offering an aftermarket distributor program for its Nautolex performance marine products. Customers will have easy access to products thanks to a national network of 16 distributors located in major boating hubs. Products include 10 Nautolex coated fabric designs in a variety of constructions, leather …

Upward sales for powerboats

The March Info-Link Technologies Bellwether Report revealed that year-over-year sales for 15-foot or greater powerboats were up 5 percent. Sales for outboard and sportfishing boats improved nearly 10 percent compared to March 2011. The 15-foot and greater outboard boat market increased about 9 percent. Sales for sterndrive, personal watercraft and ski boats improved slightly since …

New NMEI services to NMMA members

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service joined together to create the New Market Exporter Initiative (NMEI). The initiative assists manufacturers as they expand their export sales of manufactured goods. Through the NMEI, NMMA’s members receive help developing contacts for business in foreign markets including …

Sales up for recreational boating industry

Retail sales for recreational boats, accessories and marine services in the U.S. increased 6 percent to $32.3 billion in 2011, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Annual Statistical Report. This marks the first increase in retail sales for the recreational boating industry since 2006. Leading the recovery was aluminum powerboats (primarily fishing and …

SureShade expands production

SureShade teamed with Great Lakes Boat Top to expand production of its retractable marine sunshade systems. Great Lakes Boat Top Company will produce all new canvas pieces for SureShade factory installations, as well as handle canvas production for select aftermarket and dealer-installed sunshade systems. SureShade is currently featured as a factory-install option on eight different …

NMMA honors E15 alternative research

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) presented six recipients with Environmental Achievement Awards for their research and contributions towards finding an alternative to E15. At the award ceremony held during the 2012 American Boating Congress, NMMA’s director of environmental safety and compliance, John McKnight, noted the importance of such research.