Motorized cover

July 1, 2014

The Liberator from Jackson Canvas Co. is a fully automatic, remote-controlled mooring cover/cruising top combination for pontoons constructed from Safety Components’ WeatherMAX 80 fabric. The Liberator features four separate positions: mooring cover, bimini, double bimini (full shade) and bridge for low overpass, and was recently named a 2014 Industrial Fabrics Foundation innovation award-winner.

Knight to address IBEX

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), taking place Sept. 29–Oct. 2, 2014, at the Tampa Convention Center, has announced that legendary basketball coach Bob Knight will present a motivational speech on “Winning” at the annual Industry Breakfast on Sept. 30. NMMA President Thom Dammrich will deliver the “State of the Industry” address followed by …

Brentano faux leather

Brentano introduces Discovery, a new collection of “fantasy leathers,” including Komodo, an embossed polyurethane that recreates the hide of the giant lizard, and Splint, which creates a metallic take on the texture of wood grains or the fissures in tree bark. Both are solvent resistant, antibacterial and bleach-cleanable.

Herculite names division leaders

Herculite Products Inc. has appointed Chad Twombly vice president of direct sales to manage its Performance and Custom Products Division, which includes the automotive, agricultural, military, tent and structures product divisions. Twombly has been with Herculite for more than six years and has been working in the textiles industry for more than 15 years. He …

Global Beat

Silver State introduces the Global Beat line of fabrics. Offering 67 SKUs, the designs feature stripes, solids, twills and textured weaves. The SilverState line of fabric and vinyl suits many applications, including residential, commercial, healthcare and hospitality, and are available in a variety of textures, patterns and colors, many of which are designed to repel …

Ferretti opens China showroom

Ferretti Group is opening its first Ferretti Group China showroom in Qingdao, saying the company plans to open more showrooms in northern and southern China. Ferretti, which announced its plans during the 12th China (Qingdao) International Boat Show, partnered with Speedo Marine, the official Ferretti Group dealer in China, and debuted Ferretti Yachts 870 for …

Flood app

The American Red Cross has launched a new flood app to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods. The free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart-phone users instant access to local and real-time information in both English and Spanish. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches …

House OKs permanent research tax credit

The U.S. House of Representatives voted in May to make permanent a tax credit that rewards businesses for investing in research and development, adding $156 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade. The tax credit had expired at the beginning of the year. The bill passed by a vote of 274 to 131, …

Phifertex Contract

Phifer introduces the Phifertex Contract Line, sling outdoor furniture fabrics designed specifically for the commercial and hospitality segments of the outdoor furniture industry. Available in 16 colors, the PVC-fabric weaves are constructed to withstand extreme weather conditions and are maintenance-free. Phifertex Contract fabrics can be used in awning, umbrella and new exterior fabric applications.

Sunbrella launches design series

Sunbrella fabrics has launched “Perspective New England,” a three-part web series on the multiple uses of its fabrics, including at home, on the water and on a road adventure. The series will explore design challenges presented by a trio of projects—“The Rhode Yacht,” a vintage revival of a 1977 Airstream Argosy Trailer; “The Real Yacht,” …