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  • JEC World

    Latest in boatbuilding materials & machinery


    The annual gathering of the international composites industry did not take place at the JEC show in Paris this year but the roll-out of lighter and stronger composites continues apace with boatbuilders and their suppliers moving towards more exotic carbon reinforcements, more versatile 3D printing and greater use of bio-based ...

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    Scott Bader on Material Trends


    Scott Bader outlines the trends they are seeing in the world of boatbuilding materials and resin

  • Gurit stand

    Gurit restructures Composite Materials unit


    Swiss composites specialist Gurit Holding has divided its Composite Materials business into two units: one focused on Marine Industrial Materials and the other on its extensive Wind Materials business

  • News

    Attwater expands management team


    UK laminates specialist makes key appointments

  • IBI Summary JEC 5_Moment3

    Paris JEC materials and composites show postponed


    The organisers of JEC World, the international composites show held each year in Paris, today announced that the 2020 event has been postponed until May

  • Coronavirus

    Coronavirus leads to ailing global economy


    If the coronavirus doesn’t make you physically ill, it could be affecting your financial health as more reports begin to surface on the economic impact of the outbreak. The Wall Street Journal reports on the array of companies outside of China that are having to slow production or ...

  • Container ship

    Coronavirus tests stability of global supply chains

    2020-02-21T16:38:00Z IBI , by Craig Ritchie

    With large parts of China still subject to lockdowns and travel restrictions, manufacturers face continuing uncertainty over delivery schedules for parts and components As China struggles to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 73,000 people worldwide and killed nearly 2,000, marine equipment ...

  • News

    Better Way opens new US plant


    Composite manufacturer refurbishes former Robalo Boats facility in Georgia to better serve east coast boat builders

  • Wilks' Scott and Chris Berry with Tomas Gustafsson and Rob Tilney from Flexiteek

    Flexiteek completes Wilks acquisition


    Global dealer meeting in Southampton to mark the occasion

  • Lignia 2



    With mature teak becoming ever rarer and more expensive, there has been a big swing towards greener alternatives. IBI investigates the latest deck covering trends, options and technologies available to yards and owners today

  • LIGNIA plant June 2019

    Decking manufacturer LIGNIA aims for ambitious growth after raising £5m funding


    Equity investment brings LIGNIA’s total fundraising to £17 million over the past three years

  • Gurit LRT_Light-Reflective-Technology


    Advances in resin technology are aimed at reducing styrene, providing greater endurance and quicker cure times while perfecting surface finishes

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    Carbon fibre, natural materials and recycled plastics are prevalent in the drive for light, strong and sustainable reinforcements

  • EP Barrus adds Blue Gee products to its portfolio of marine equipment brands

    Blue Gee Supplies appoints UK distributor


    EP Barrus has been made an exclusive distributor for Blue Gee Supplies in the UK. The move comes not long after the British engine importer and distributor entered the marine chandlery market .

  • News

    Eastman Machine Co appoints UK representative


    Eastman Machine Company, a US manufacturer of cutting room equipment, has appointed iSpecc Ltd of the UK to represent its line of automated cutting systems and material handling equipment for the composites market.

  • News

    First major distributor for UK timber firm


    LIGNIA Wood Company, a British timber modification business, has signed its first major distribution agreement with US-based Teakdecking Systems (TDS) for its LIGNIA Yacht product in North America and the Caribbean. The deal was signed at the METSTRADE Show in November.

  • Cutting the ribbon

    Hempel inaugurates new Centre of Excellence


    Marine coatings manufacturer Hempel has officially opened its new Centre of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain. The centre is part of a €6m investment into the research and development of coating products within the field of passive fire protection (PFP), in which Hempel is determined to gain market share during the ...

  • News

    Plastics sector strike hits SA builder


    A strike in South Africa’s plastics sector threatens to negatively impact local boatbuilding yards, with one prominent builder already affected in Durban.

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    Product Launch

    MacTac's MacGlide makes antifouling smooth sailing


    Once a fixture in residential kitchen cabinets, MacTac takes an innovative approach to antifouling with its innovative MacGlide product

  • highglosspaint

    Paints & Coatings


    All the coatings manufacturers we spoke to spotted similar trends – a shift towards ‘cash rich, time poor’ lifestyles means that many boat owners want their coatings applied professionally, and with access to a wide palette of custom colours