Serge Ferrari appoints market development managers

October 23, 2018

To help drive growth in the industrial and marine markets for North, Central and South America, Serge Ferrari appointed two new market development managers for the Americas. Jesse Pennington will spearhead growth in the industrial segment. He brings 30 years of business and global experience to Serge Ferrari, is fluent in six languages and holds …

European Spinning Group and Thai Acrylic partner to create outdoor yarn range

October 12, 2018

European Spinning Group (ESG) has partnered with Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd., to develop solution dyed acrylic yarns designed for outdoor applications. The yarn range is marketed under brand name ESG RA Outdoor powered by Durashine™ fibre. ESG is a specialty yarn producer for weaving and knitting fabrics for various markets and applications such as …

Marine Fabricator magazine looking for tool ideas

IFAI’s Marine Fabricator magazine is looking for expertise from the marine community for its new last-page feature “Fabricator Favorites.” Each issue of the magazine will ask fabricators to share a specific tip, tool, idea or technique. The topic for the January/February 2019 issue is What’s your favorite tool and why? Answers will be published (as …

IBEX Honors 2018 Innovation Award Winners

October 10, 2018

The 2018 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards were presented to 13 winners and included three honorable mentions. The winners were selected from among dozens of entries submitted by marine trade companies. The Innovation Awards are managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI). The winners …

Sunbrella® debuts shade solutions at IFAI Expo

October 4, 2018

Sunbrella® brings innovation to shade structures at IFAI Expo, October 15-18, in Dallas, Texas, demonstrating ways to make shade do more no matter what the challenge. Alongside its portfolio of shade fabrics, Sunbrella will feature textiles that elevate the design, function and customization of shade structures. This year, two new pattern additions to Sunbrella Decorative …

New powerboat registrations up in July

Preliminary data for July 2018 show new powerboat registrations were up 3.5 percent on a rolling 12-month year-over-year basis (R12M YOY). These new data have been updated and are currently reflected in the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) New Powerboat Registrations Report. Highlights from the report include: Cruisers, tow boats and outboard-propelled runabouts were up …

NMMA president Thom Dammrich named 2018 Hall of Fame recipient, announces retirement

October 2, 2018

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) President, Thom Dammrich. was inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame, the association’s most prestigious recognition, during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) in early October. Dammrich will retire as president of NMMA after nearly 20 years in that role on September 30, 2019. Dammrich is credited with encouraging …

Schedule announced for annual Marine Fabricators Conference

September 27, 2018

The annual Marine Fabricators Conference will be held Jan. 10-12, 2019, onboard the Queen Mary, a historical 1930’s steamship that has been decommissioned and permanently moored in Long Beach, Calif. The conference features three full days of education including the design, patterning and fabrication of lumbar cushions, compartmental cushions and beveling basics. Additional sessions include …

Boating and fishing represent nearly $37 billion in US gross output

September 25, 2018

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis released a final, updated report on the economic contribution of the outdoor industry, showing that boating and fishing were the leading outdoor segments in 2016. The report showed that the combined boating and fishing pastimes represented $36.9 billion in economic output. The Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account study …

STEP Award nominations close Oct. 5, honor women in marine manufacturing

September 20, 2018

The Manufacturing Institute 2019 STEP Ahead Award nominations are open through October 5, honoring women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and production (STEP) careers. STEP Ahead Award honorees hold positions at all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to high-level executive, and illustrate the widespread impact women have on …