Quick Hits: May 5, 2020

A letter, signed by European Parliament members, to Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, addresses how European Union border closures are impacting the industry. “Maintaining production is capital for the liquidity of manufacturers and all companies along the supply chain, which supports jobs in an industry that is already severely affected by covid-19,” the letter stated. According to the statement, the E.U. marine sector employs 280,000 workers, with 95 percent of the companies small- to medium-sized enterprises.

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations issued its latest report on how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting the marine industry throughout the world. Founded in 1966 with the goal of bringing together countries with active marine industries, ICOMIA, through its lobbying efforts, presents a united voice to address issues that affect the industry as a whole.

Omnova Solutions partnered with Syntec Industries to oversee sales of the marine upholstery products Omnova produces and supplies. Existing Omnova customers will receive the same product they are accustomed to, according to the company.


Liqui Moly Adds Defender as Distributor

The marine supplier picked up the German fuel additive manufacturer for U.S. distribution.

Good and Not-So-Good News

As Brunswick backs the Vamos A Pescar initiative to increase Hispanic fishing participation, invasive carp DNA has been detected in the Milwaukee River.

U.S. Powerboat Show Returns

Organizers reported more than 300 exhibitors and record attendance. The show “did not disappoint,” said one dealer.

Winnebago Commits to Net-Zero Emissions

The parent of Chris-Craft and Barletta joins U.N. Global Compact signatories aiming for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.