NMMA to lead discussion on material technologies

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The Congressional Boating Caucus and the National Marine Manufacturers Association are hosting a briefing about innovative material technologies that will be banned in 2020.

The discussion, titled “Material Innovations in Transportation and Regulatory and Legislative Barriers,” will be held April 9 in Washington D.C. at the American Boating Congress, according to the NMMA.

The briefing will outline innovative material technologies first developed for boat building that have recently been implemented in other transportation sectors, such as in trucking and in partnership with the U.S. Navy.

“The groundbreaking technology saves millions of gallons of fuel, resulting in the reduction of millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions,” the NMMA said. “Unfortunately, due to misguided federal regulations, the material will be banned in 2020.”

Leading the discussion will be NMMA senior vice president John McKnight, Structural Composites Inc. and Compsys Inc. president and founding partner Scott Lewit, and Intrepid Powerboats engineering vice president Jeff Arevalos.

“NMMA is excited to have this opportunity not only to make Congress aware of this misguided regulation, but also to promote U.S. marine manufacturers as the leaders in innovation,” the NMMA said.

The panel will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Senate Environmental and Public Works hearing room at 406 Dirksen on Capitol Hill.