Composites are playing a key role in boatbuilding as the industry strives for lighter and more fuel-efficient vessels that cost less to operate.

Career Day event set for Rhode Island

Marine and Composites Industry Career Day, which will take place March 7 in Newport, R.I., comes on the heels of the National Marine Manufacturers Association announcement that the industry has grown for three consecutive years.

Composites roundtable next week in Rhode Island

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is partnering with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and the Rhode Island Manufacturing Association to host a composites roundtable on April 14 at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.

Interlux and Awlgrip plan product rollout at October seminars

Interlux and Awlgrip will host a series of seminars in the Northeast in October for business owners, retailers, yard managers, applicators, paint supervisors, purchasing agents and other industry professionals. Technical sales representatives will introduce new Interlux and Awlgrip products for 2014, outline strategies and programs to help attendees increase profits from top and bottom-paint products,…more

Awlgrip holds symposium in London

Awlgrip, AkzoNobel’s yacht coating manufacturer, hosted its third annual Yacht Management Symposium last month in London. As in previous years, the symposium included a series of open panel sessions and presentations from Awlgrip representatives. New this year was attendance by sister brand International. The brands covered topics that included new products, topcoat repairs, project management…more

Groups join on composites work force training

The American Composites Manufacturers Association and the Manufacturing Institute formed a partnership to alleviate what they call a “critical manufacturing work force gap.” The organizations will work to provide and implement solutions such as the National Association of Manufacturers’ Skills Certification System. The ACMA and the Manufacturing Institute want the new system to integrate nationally…more

Marine composites webinar set for Thursday

A London company is analyzing how smaller and lightweight composites will boost the recreational boat industry. The emerging trends in the global marine composites market will be discussed in Frost & Sullivan’s web conference, which will take place at 3 p.m. British time on Thursday. Chemicals, Materials & Food Industry analyst Sandeepan Mondal will lead…more

Researchers craft new polymer for hull bottoms

Engineers at Duke University have developed a polymer that keeps ships’ bottoms clean by twitching like living skin. The paint-like material combats hull fouling by preventing marine organisms from collecting on hulls by physically moving on the microscopic level and thus dislodging bacteria from the surface without toxic chemicals, according to online science and technology…more

Composites 2013 wraps up in Florida

Composites 2013, a three-day event that featured more than 220 U.S. and international exhibitors representing more than 40 market segments, concluded Thursday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association, the trade show held more than 100 educational sessions and technical presentations covering topics that included automotive,…more

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