July 2021

  • Published On: July 30, 2021

    A new report published by market research firm Fact.MR says the global market for marine composites was valued at $4 billion (USD) in 2020 and is projected to top $5 billion by 2031, expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 6 percent. The study projects that demand for carbon fiber polymer matrix composites will [...]

  • Published On: July 29, 2021

    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently signed the 2022 state budget, which includes $150,000 in funding for workforce development and career technical education initiatives within the recreational boating industry, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA). The funds were introduced via budget amendments sponsored in the House by Representative William Straus [...]

  • Published On: July 28, 2021

    The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced the details of its Education Conference sessions, beginning with pre-conference sessions on Sunday, September 26 and Monday, September 27. Pre-conference sessions include ABYC Certification, Electronics Installer Training, Marina 101, NMEA Basic Marine and Stability Standards for Boats Over 20 Feet. The Seminar Series will be held [...]

  • Published On: July 27, 2021

    Registration is open, and the full conference schedule is available for the annual Marine Fabricators Conference being held Jan. 13-15, 2022, at Wild Dunes Charleston’s Island Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C. The conference features three full days of education and networking designed to help marine fabricators cultivate industry connections, improve their efficiency and increase revenue. [...]

  • Published On: July 23, 2021

    After three months of public hearings, amendments and strong opposition from the recreational boating community, the Kootenai County Commission in Kootenai County, Idaho, passed an ordinance prohibiting boaters from engaging in activities that create “excessive wakes” by a 2-1 vote, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. The ordinance defines “excessive wake” as “plowing [...]

  • Published On: July 22, 2021

    The deadline to submit a project for the 2021 International Achievement Awards (IAA) is July 30. The IAA awards recognize the best projects across the specialty fabrics industry. The awards are an opportunity to showcase your technical skills and talents to the entire industry. Awards are given in seven major categories and 42 subcategories and [...]

  • Published On: July 22, 2021

    Beaver Paper Group, Atlanta, Ga., a manufacturer of sublimation media and sewn paper products, announced a general price increase on Wednesday, July 21, of 8-12% across its global portfolio of products. The price increase will be effective Sept. 1, 2021. “We are taking this initiative due to the current market pressures and the rising costs of [...]

  • Published On: July 21, 2021

    Glen Raven Inc. has announced its next round of significant investments in facilities and infrastructure. The investments represent phase two of a multi-phase expansion plan and are specifically focused on growing Glen Raven’s U.S. capacity. They will include additional production facilities and a new distribution center in the U.S., as well as additional equipment to increase [...]

  • Published On: July 21, 2021

    The 2021 State of the Industry report from Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now available for sale at IFAI’s e-store. IFAI members may purchase the report for $79, a $300 discount off the non-member price. Read a summary of the report here, and purchase the full report here. IFAI conducts research annually among its [...]

  • Published On: July 21, 2021

    Organizers of the Marine Fabricators Conference 2022, being held Jan. 13–15, 2022, at the Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C., are seeking tips, how-to ideas and DIY techniques that benefit the marine fabrication industry. Qualified entries appear in Marine Fabricator magazine, and prizes for first, second and third place are presented at the Awards [...]