Marine industry technology news ranges from engine and other product debuts to reports of executive promotions and interviews with CEOs.

SureShade offers online dealer sales kit

SureShade, a designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, launched a suite of resources to assist boat dealers in the sales and installation of SureShade sunshade systems as a value-add option for clients on new or aftermarket boats. SureShade recently expanded boat dealer service and support resources to include access to…more

SmartPlug Systems registers trademarks

SmartPlug Systems recently trademarked its name and logo, the company announced. “Trademarking our company name and logo shows how serious we are about transforming the current shore power systems,” company founder Ken Smith said in a statement. “Electricity and water are a combination that traditional plugs and outlets don’t really protect against. While SmartPlug is…more

Composites One signs deal with Bayer

Bayer MaterialScience LLC and Composites One announced a distribution agreement in which Composites One will sell Bayer MaterialScience’s polyurethane resin systems directly to composite parts manufacturers throughout the United States. The agreement covers the distribution and sale of all fully formulated Bayer MaterialScience polyurethane systems developed for use in manufacturing composite parts, particularly those manufactured…more

SmartPlug Systems receives manufacturing award

SmartPlug Systems won the Emerging Manufacturer of the Year award from Seattle Business magazine. The award was part of the second annual Washington Manufacturing Awards. Winners were chosen from dozens of nominations by judges the magazine convened. “We are so honored to have been selected from approximately 150 entries,” company founder Ken Smith said in…more

Industry vows fight on styrene designation

The U.S. styrene industry will “contest vigorously” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ listing of styrene in its 12th Report on Carcinogens, Jack Snyder, executive director of the Styrene Information and Research Center, said in a statement. “The designation is completely unjustified by the latest science and resulted from a flawed process that…more

Government lists styrene as a carcinogen

Styrene is one of eight new substances listed in the 12th Report on Carcinogens, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released this afternoon. Styrene, used in the building of fiberglass boats, is listed as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on limited evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in humans, sufficient…more

MTU Detroit Diesel has a new name

MTU Detroit Diesel Inc. today announced a name change to Tognum America Inc., effective immediately. Tognum America, like MTU Detroit Diesel before it, is a subsidiary of the Germany-based Tognum Group and is responsible for the sales and service of MTU engines and MTU Onsite Energy distributed energy systems in North America and Latin America.…more

Groups want styrene off proposed carcinogens list

The U.S. styrene industry this week appealed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to remove a proposed listing of styrene in the department’s impending report on carcinogens and schedule it for a review in the next edition, the Styrene Information and Research Center said. In a letter, Jack Snyder, executive director of the…more

Groups join on fuel-cost website

MarineFuel.com, BoatUS and ValvTect Petroleum Products are partnering to help make boating more affordable this summer. Providing free marina reservations and easy access to real-time, accurate and comprehensive data, the partnerships guarantee that boaters always will have the most current information about details that affect their buying decisions. “Our data integrity team ensures our members…more

Congressmen urge delay in labeling styrene as a carcinogen

Sixty-three members of the U.S. House of Representatives have asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to delay a proposed listing of styrene in her department’s impending Report on Carcinogens until a “thorough review can be conducted that weighs the full body of scientific evidence available to decision makers,” the Styrene Information and Research…more

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