Free webinar discusses marine industry software tools

November 24, 2020

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is hosting a free webinar on Dec. 15, 2020, for IFAI members ($39 for non-members) discussing software specifically designed for marine fabricators. As the marine textile industry converts to mostly digital processes, this webinar will discuss software that can dramatically speed up the development of accurate 3D models and …

Chris-Craft announces new hires

Chris-Craft, a longtime boat builder headquartered in Sarasota, Fla., announced that Max Gordon has joined the company as regional sales director. Gordon comes to the company with 12 years of industry experience, most recently as sales manager at Gage Marine, Williams Bay, Wis. Also joining the company is Alec Decker as a sales associate–product specialist. …

ICOMIA 2019 Statistics Book now available

November 23, 2020

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has released the latest edition of its Recreational Boating Industry Statistics Book, now available at no charge to National Marine Manufacturing Association (NMMA) members. The annual ICOMIA Statistics Book provides key data and analysis from marine industry associations from around the globe. Highlights of the 2019 ICOMIA …

Virtual METSTRADE 2020 Dec. 10

Although the physical METSTRADE 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, Amsterdam RAI, organizers of the event, are inviting the industry to participate in METSTRADE Connect 2020, taking place Dec.10, 2020. The event offers a new platform that will connect the leisure marine industry and enables professionals to meet new people and check out …

Government report highlights national economic benefits of outdoor rec

November 19, 2020

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released updated economic data on outdoor recreation’s powerful and positive economic impact on the U.S. economy showing $788 billion in economic output, comprising 2.1% of U.S. GDP and supporting 5.2 million jobs, as reported by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association. The report includes national and state level data for …

Marine CEOs optimistic in third quarter

November 18, 2020

Data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Q3 2020 Marine CEO Sentiment Report, fielded in October, shows marine CEO sentiment was overwhelmingly upbeat with 96% of CEOs reporting stable or expanding business conditions following the increase in new boat sales during the summer and early fall. The quarterly survey assessed the state and needs …

2021 Marine Fabricators Conference cancelled

November 17, 2020

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Board and Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) have announced that the 2021 Marine Fabricators Conference, which was to be held in New Orleans in January 2021, has been cancelled. The MFA Board and IFAI leadership staff made the decision to cancel the in-person event based on the continuing COVID-19 pandemic …

Registration opens for MFA Marine Workshop 2021

November 16, 2020

Registration is now open for The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Marine Workshop being held Feb. 18–19, 2021, at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla. Co-located with the Fabricators Conference and Showcase, the MFA Marine Workshop 2021 offers hands-on training and marine fabrication education, networking opportunities with like-minded business owners, and opportunities to solve manufacturing …

2020 Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipients announced

November 12, 2020

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is very fortunate to have so many volunteers who give of themselves selflessly, helping every day by serving on different boards, task forces and committees. These volunteers judge competitions, provide education and impassioned leadership to others day-in and day-out. To acknowledge their service, IFAI developed a program in 2012 called …

2020 Honored Life Member Award Recipient announced

Honored Life Member status for Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is designed for individuals who have shown a commitment to the association. Honored Life Membership is bestowed by special request only, and at the discretion of the IFAI Board of Directors to candidates based on the following criteria: Meritorious or outstanding work accomplished for the …