IGS says geosynthetics make significant contributions toward UN Sustainable Development Goals

March 29th, 2021

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations (UN) are a call to action for countries to unite to improve lives and protect the environment, the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) said. Its remit is bold—from tackling climate change to supporting gender equality, from responsible production to championing peace and justice worldwide. The IGS […]

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U.S. Coast Guard to require engine cut-off switch

March 23rd, 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard will require operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL), effective April 1, 2021. The new requirement, reported on the National Marine Manufacturers Association website, is mandated by Section 8316 of the National Defense Authorization Act of […]

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2020 was record year for Canadian outboard engine sales

March 12th, 2021

2020 was a record-breaking year in Canada for outboard engine retail sales as Canadians took to the water in unprecedented numbers, according to data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada. Outboard engine retail sales in 2020 reached a total of 44,000 units, up 17% over 2019, marking both the highest annual sales volume […]

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Laminated fiber reinforced plastic market outlook

March 11th, 2021

According to a new market research report published by Global Market Estimates, the laminated fiber reinforced plastic market will grow with a high CAGR value during the forecast period of 2021–2026. Laminated fiber reinforced plastics are lightweight, anti-corrosive, non-conductive and magnetic composites that are versatile for a large number of industrial applications. An increase in […]

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FGI holds biennial meeting and introduces officers, board

March 11th, 2021

By Timothy D. Stark and Jennifer Miller The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) held its Biennial Membership Meeting on Feb. 24, during the 2021 Virtual Geosynthetics Conference. The meeting was attended by 26 people. During the membership meeting, the newly elected FGI officers and board of directors were introduced to begin their two-year terms. Before introducing […]

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Boat builders face hurdles filling backorders

March 11th, 2021

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) December Monthly Shipment Report, wholesale shipments of new powerboats during December gained momentum compared to November to close out 2020 down 15% for the year compared to 2019. The report notes that manufacturing of personal watercraft, outboard boats, jet boats and sterndrive boats ramped up in December, […]

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South Carolina vaccinations now open to manufacturing employees

March 10th, 2021

Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that South Carolina will advance to Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan beginning March 8. Among those included in Phase 1b is all South Carolina manufacturing workers. “South Carolina remains focused on protecting the lives and health of […]

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IECA recognizes leaders at annual conference

March 9th, 2021

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) announced winners for its environmental excellence awards during the joint 2021 IECA Virtual Annual Conference and Expo/Virtual Geosynthetics Conference 2021 in February. The IECA awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in the erosion and sediment control and stormwater industries. This year's awards recognized young professionals under 30 and under 40, […]

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Nearly 320,000 new boats sold in 2020

March 5th, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) December New Powerboat Registrations Report shows that retail unit sales of new boats reached nearly 320,000 units in 2020, up 13% compared to 2019—levels the recreational boating industry hasn’t seen since 2008. New data show all powerboat segments saw growth in 2020, ranging between 8% and 22%. “New boat […]

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INDA welcomes new board members

March 4th, 2021

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced the membership election of seven industry leaders to serve on its board of directors for a three-year term. The professionals represent a cross-section of INDA membership and bring a high level of expertise and insight to the management of the association. Richard Altice, president and CEO, […]

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