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Introduction to the sailmaking market
The development of plastics since 1945 have given the sailmakers an endless opportunity to develop better, faster and longer lasting sails. Like many industries local craftsman have disappeared and replaced by global players that primarily produce sails in low
income countries. Local lofts are either service centers or focus on making covers, sprayhoods and repairs.
This industry has a huge ecological footprint using big plants, lots of chemicals and recycling is not part of the business model. For the future of our planet and the watersports industry we need to change this.
The sailmaking market in relation to the global sustainability goals
THE QUESTION IS?
50% Reduction of GHG by 2030, towards net zero emission, lowering carbon footprint.
Is this on the agenda of the industry leaders?
Sailmaking is a niche within the plastics / textile industry with an annual turnover of approx. $500 million. The yacht sails market shows some annual growth whereas the (kite)surfing and wing-surfing market is booming. >13 million m2 is being produced annually which equals 10 times the area of Greater London. Upcycling or other re-use in new products is less than 10% of what is produced; recycling is non-existent to this date.
Manufacturing of sails
Manufacturing of sailcloth is being done everywhere in the world mostly by companies that are supplier to the textile industries