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,” …

IFAI offering one-day workshops

March 1, 2019

IFAI is offering one-day workshops that include educational sessions on shade products, industrial sewing, and welding and cutting equipment. These events are an opportunity to meet with suppliers and build fabrication knowledge with tips to keep production and manufacturing processes efficient and profitable. The Midwest Region Workshop will be held March 15, 2019, in Des …

New members join MFA

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) provides resources and programs for marine fabricators and establishes standards of excellence for business practices, products and craftsmanship. The MFA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Join the only trade association today that represents the entire specialty fabrics and advanced textiles industry in the world. To …

2019 MFA Award of Distinction Winners

David Elliott, David’s Custom Trimmers, Wakerley, Australia, was presented with the exterior canvas Award of Distinction for his project, “Dual Purpose Yacht Cover.” Llebroc Industries, Fort Worth, Texas, received the exterior upholstery Award of Distinction for its project, “SX Helm Chair with Tidal Wave™ Technology.” The Award of Distinction is given to the projects judged …

Aussies a friendly force at 2019 MFA conference

The 2019 MFA conference included 16 Australian guests who presented educational sessions on a variety of upholstery and patterning techniques. Aaron and Kym Stroud-Smith, Canvasbarn Marine Trimming, Swan Reach, discussed dodger fabrication from an Australian perspective and gave the crowd a bit of an Australian geography lesson to help clarify the different fabricators, conditions and …

2019 MFA Conference makes waves

The 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference onboard the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 10-12, was a huge hit with the second-largest crowd in conference history. With nearly a hundred first-time attendees and a large Australian contingent, conference-goers had a chance to explore the majestic ship while networking, attending educational sessions, and strolling the …

Tools, Tips and Tricks

The Tools, Tricks and Tips competition at the 2019 MFA conference had no shortage of good ideas. David Huntington of River Custom Canvas was the first-place Don Racine Award winner for his Redesigned Button Die tip. He received a complimentary full registration for the 2020 MFA Conference in Daytona Beach, Fla. Mike Peterson, SugarHouse Awning, …

Roundtables provide intense interactions

Three large rooms, a 40-minute timer, fifteen tables and more than 200 people make for a high-energy, high-volume afternoon. The marine industry “speed dating” roundtables at the 2019 MFA conference in Long Beach, Calif., gave participants a chance to discuss burning issues and exchange best practices on a wide variety of topics including framing, fabric …