New Secretarial order protects public access to recreation areas

March 28, 2019

  The U.S. Department of the Interior released a Secretarial Order that will help prevent the sale of public lands important to outdoor recreation, while ensuring that public access be a key consideration in land exchanges. Secretarial Order 3373 – Evaluating Public Access in BLM Land Disposals and Exchanges – prioritizes recreation and access when …

California bans flotation foam chemicals

March 26, 2019

California Senate Bill SB 1013 prohibits Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) 134a and other HFCs used as the foam expansion agent in new marine flotation (buoyancy) foam beginning January 1, 2020. The prohibition applies to foam that enters into commerce in California, which includes foam manufactured out of state and brought into California. Marine floatation foam is a …

IFAI’s inaugural Women in Textiles Summit a success

March 21, 2019

  More women than ever now own textile companies, and IFAI’s recent Women in Textiles Summit brought together many of these business leaders to share their unique expertise within a highly specialized industry. This year’s inaugural summit, held March 6–8 in Savannah, Ga., facilitated what IFAI President and CEO Steve Schiffman calls an “investment in …

Tecsew outfits historic battleship

March 20, 2019

  U.K.-based Tecsew Limited recently contributed toward the restoration of the HMS Warrior, Britain’s first iron-hulled, armored battleship. The ship is stationed at Portsmouth, England’s Historic Dockyard. Tecsew fitted the iconic vessel with a large cover for the vent cowlings, skylight covers, stairway covers, and funnel coats and rams. The MFA member-company has been in …

New MFA Time Standards Web App

March 19, 2019

  IFAI’s new MFA Time Standards Web App is a convenient tool to help members quickly estimate marine fabrication project costs. In just a few clicks, the app allows users to calculate the required hours and total cost of labor for different projects based on industry time standards. To use the app or for more …

Exhibit opportunities at ICAST available

March 14, 2019

ICAST 2019, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, is being held July 9-12, 2019, in the North/South Building at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is offering its members the opportunity to exhibit in the Marine Accessories Pavilion (MAP) to reach buyers, dealers and distributors seeking innovative …

IFAI Expo 2019 exhibitor Early Bird deadline is March 30

March 13, 2019

Exhibitors: Book your IFAI Expo 2019 booth by March 30 to take advantage of the Early Bird discount. Don’t be left out! IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabric trade event in the Americas. Each year, more than 5,000 high-level decision makers, industry insiders and qualified buyers meet in an unrivaled face-to-face environment, where networking …

EPA seeks comments about impact of ethanol fuel on air quality

March 12, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments regarding a proposed consent decree related to Sierra Club v. Pruitt, which calls for a study to determine whether renewable fuel volumes–including more ethanol in the fuel supply–will adversely impact air quality as a result of changes in vehicle and engine …

The future of marine flooring

March 7, 2019

The future of marine flooring is going to be filled with more synthetic, easy-to-maintain products offering cool new looks. “Bold colors and graphics in the mats to go along with the growing surf sports market boats will be making their way into the market,” says John Salvatore, general manager at MarineMat, an EVA foam matting …

Thread makes the difference in canvas repairs

March 5, 2019

Canvas repairs are not always the favorite jobs for marine fabricators. But the need for repairs can be reduced by the use of longer-lasting threads, such as those made of polytetra fluoroethylene (PTFE). But there is a cost involved. “The industry as a whole has engaged in the use in longer-life threads but not completely,” …