ABYC LogoABYC members can now purchase and access the current International Organization for Standardization (ISO) small craft standards on the ABYC Online Library...

AMTA LogoAll AMTA members and industry professionals who are interested in knowing more about boating in Atlantic Canada are invited to attend The Annual General Meeting of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association on Thursday, November 9th starting at 1:00PM.

ShurholdThe National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada is receiving more than $93,000 in funding from Global Affairs Canada to support the efforts of Canadian recreational marine manufacturers to expand their businesses into new international markets.

IMBC LogoIMBC, taking place January 31 - February, 2, 2018, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA, is produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI).

MetsTrade LogoMETSTRADE 2017, which opens its doors in the RAI Amsterdam convention centre on Tuesday 14 November, will showcase its commitment to sustainability in the leisure marine industry.

Garmin LogoGarmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. today announced that it was named Manufacturer of the Year for the third consecutive year, an honor given to the most recognized company in the marine electronics field for its support of products in the field, voted on by members of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA).

NMEA ConferenceThe marine electronics industry honored several manufacturers with product awards at the annual National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA)...

Oct 3, 2017

GUL Logo 400Gul Watersports Ltd., the UK’s leading watersports company is delighted to announce that Rekord Marine Ltd., have been appointed as the distributor of Gul branded products for Canada and the U.S.A.
Mike Pickering of Gul commented, “This is a fantastic opportunity for Gul to re-establish itself as a market leading product in Canada and a chance to re-invent itself in the USA. We are excited to be working with Steve (Barthel) and his team”.

Established in 1967 by Dennis Cross, Gul Watersports Ltd., produces watersports apparel. Products include wetsuits, jackets, bodyboards, buoyancy aids, and life jackets.

Rekord Marine Enterprises Ltd., was founded in 1970 by Major Don Barthel. Today, Rekord Marine has over 10,000 products, and continues to be a family owned business. In addition to Guil Watersports Ltd., Rekord Marine is the Canadian distributor for quality brands such as Ronstan, Lofrans, Andersen, Barz Optics Sunglasses, Cantalupi, Frigoboat, Climma, Cristec, Easylock, Jefa, Moonlight and Marlow as well as their own product line - Victory Products marine hardware.

 

Oct 3, 2017

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IDEAL Fastener Licensed to Produce the First High-Performance, Bleach-Cleanable Zipper

 

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, the maker of Sunbrella® performance fabrics, has agreed to a licensing partnership with IDEAL Fastener Corporation, one of the world’s largest zipper manufacturers. The partnership has given way to the first high-performance, bleach-cleanable zipper for marine environments, which launched at IBEX, September 19-21 in Tampa, Florida. 

“The introduction of Sunbrella Performance Zippers is a significant accomplishment for the marine industry,” said Bill McDaniel, marine market manager for Glen Raven. “Never before has a zipper performed at the level required for the harsh environments boaters experience day in and day out, making their lives on the water easier and more comfortable.”

Sunbrella Performance Zippers feature tape made using 100 percent Sunbrella fibers, giving them the inherent performance characteristics of all Sunbrella textiles – UV and fade resistance, mold and mildew resistance and bleach cleanability – while the specially-designed WX zipper teeth keep wind and water out. The line also features IDEAL’s patented QRX technology for quick release with one easy motion – well suited for marine applications with large or difficult areas such as boat covers and windows. The zippers are backed by performance guarantees for UV stability and bleach cleanability, and the combined design and performance characteristics together increase the life span of the zipper.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with Glen Raven to develop a premium zipper for the marine industry,” said Steven Gut, co-president at IDEAL. “When brainstorming how to develop the world’s best zipper for this market, we knew we needed something innovative that would create value for the end user. Sunbrella was the perfect product for us and Glen Raven has been a great company to work with on this project.”

The line is being offered in eight colors – Antique Beige, Black, Cadet Gray, Captain Navy, Charcoal, Pacific Blue, Terracotta and White – that can be mixed and match for different tape and teeth combinations, allowing zippers to be incorporated as a design element, rather than a commodity.

 

ABOUT IDEAL FASTENER CORP.
Established in 1936 in New York City, IDEAL Fastener Corporation is the second largest zipper manufacturer in the world. The Company is now headquartered in North Carolina and operatives numerous manufacturing plants, warehouses and sales offices around the world. 

With unrivaled expertise in styling, technology, and manufacturing, IDEAL provides its customers with the best products on the market. IDEAL® zippers are available in a vast range of styles, colors and materials, customized to your exact specifications. When a new feature is needed, you’ll find that innovation is where IDEAL truly excels. The expertise of our engineering team enables us to design anything our customers need. Along with this, our commitment to research and development means that you receive the most technologically sophisticated zippers on the market.

Even though IDEAL is a large company we embody the family values of integrity and service; in other words, large company expertise with small company attentiveness. At IDEAL we are committed to excellence and doing everything in our power to ensure your success. Learn more at IDEALfastener.com.

ABOUT SUNBRELLA FABRICS
Sunbrella has revolutionized the way the world thinks about how beautiful fabrics look, feel and perform. With an inspired palette of colors, styles and textures, premium Sunbrella fabric gives consumers, designers and architects the material they need to create the extraordinary in marine, shade, indoor upholstery, outdoor upholstery, commercial and contract applications. 

Versatile in style and function, Sunbrella fabrics create welcoming spaces indoors and out, offering durability, fade resistance and ease of cleaning. They also offer peace of mind; Sunbrella fabrics have achieved GREENGUARD GOLD certification as contributing to healthy indoor air quality. 

Introduced in 1961, Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured and marketed by Glen Raven, Inc., a 135-year-old family-owned company based in North Carolina with operations worldwide. For more information on Sunbrella, including inspiration, fabric collections and where to buy, visit sunbrella.com.

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Ashland’s solvers are making waves again. The company has launched a new white gelcoat to help boat manufacturers improve the efficacy and usability of their products in demanding marine applications. Maxguard™ EZM marine white gelcoat offers easier application in complex molds and excellent weathering performance.

In addition to its application properties, this gelcoat achieves the high level of ultraviolet (UV) and blister resistance required by the world’s top boat builders to deliver an alluring finish desired by consumers. 

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Employer Choice Award2018 400On Friday, January 12th, at the Toronto International Boat Show, the Boating Industry Canada Employer of Choice (BICEOC) Award program presented awards to the first winners in this important employee development program.

This is the only “best employer” recognition award for Canada’s recreational marine industry. This is a national program that creates leading employer brand recognition and a true competitive advantage for attracting, retaining and engaging top talent. There are two award categories: