IBEX breaks attendance records

January 1, 2008

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) drew more boat builders and marine professionals from around the world than it ever has before, even in spite of a flat economy. Over 4,570 attendees from 67 countries were present at IBEX, slightly up from 2006 attendance of 4,509. Including the 900 exhibitors––manufacturers and suppliers from six …

Grow Boating Television debuts

The National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA) is introducing Grow Boating Television (GBTV), an online communications tool to reach boating industry stakeholders. GBTV delivers information regarding areas of the NMMA’s Grow Boating Initiative and will make it even easier for stakeholders to learn about developments within the programs. New episodes debut every week or two and …

Contender UK increases efficiency after move

Sailcloth distributors Contender UK announced an increase in efficiency and market growth after the company moved to Segensworth South, Fareham. Contender UK moved to provide better customer service by increasing efficiency and productivity. The new 7,900-square-foot building ensures better customer service because of larger office facilities and more efficient storage facilities.

NorthStar Yachts moves production to China

NorthStar Yachts, a small yacht company in Kalama Ore., moved its production to China to lower labor costs. About seven employees of NorthStar will remain at the headquarters and parts warehouse. The company laid off 60 employees. NorthStar makes luxury boats 80 to 125 feet long, which sell for $6 million to $13 million. One …

Carlyle buys Zodiac

Carlyle Group of Luxembourg was granted clearance from the European Commission to buy the marine division of French aircraft cabin and boat equipment maker Zodiac. The Commission said the overlaps between Zodiac Marine and Carlyle’s Jandy Pool Products were limited.

New WeatherMax supplier

WeatherMax, high-performance fabrics produced by Safety Components, will now be carried by the Miami Corporation. With headquarters in Ohio, and branches in N.C. and Fla., Miami is a leading supplier for marine materials and outdoor fabrics to the aftermarket. The family-owned, privately held company carries more than 25,000 products and promises overnight shipping.

Report suggests 2008 to be boating market transition year

A report from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets suggests 2008 may be a transition year for the boating industry, and 2009 will bring more stability. The RBC reported that sales of mid- to high-end boats are down nearly 20 percent. According to the RBC, numbers are down due to a higher level …

CMMA, NMMA Canada to consolidate

The Canadian Marine Manufacturers Association (CMMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada will combine their efforts and resources to address the growing needs of the Canadian recreational marine industry. The CMMA Board of Directors approved the plan to consolidate the CMMA’s work in government relations, statistics, membership and communications with NMMA Canada, which …

C.F. Stinson wins design award

C.F. Stinson’s AgION upholstery collection earned the Nightingale Award at the Health Care Design ‘07 Conference in Dallas, Texas. The juried health care design award acknowledges products that contribute to health care quality improvements. C.F. Stinson’s upholstery contains products that resist germs without the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Ten products win awards at IBEX 2007

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International honored 10 marine manufacturers for innovative achievement at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX). The 79 new products entered in the Innovation Awards program were judged based on distinction, benefit, practicality, cost-effectiveness and consumer availability. Boatbuilding Methods & Materials category G/flex Epoxies from West System: …