Named Independent Boat Builders Incorporated’s (IBBI) cutting system supplier of choice in 2015, we at Eastman know what it takes to be an elite supplier of marine cutting solutions. Versatility and reliability are just a few of the reasons our cutting and handling systems are recognized and relied on by boatbuilders around the world, including IBBI’s members.
IBBI is a purchasing cooperative founded by a group of independent boatbuilders, and now proudly calls some of the industry’s most well-known brands members. Combined, IBBI’s members “would be the largest producer of boats in the country.” Their combined purchasing power allows them to manufacture high-end marine products—made with quality machinery and materials—at a competitive price. The group also shares manufacturing best practices to better serve their customers.
Why Eastman Machine Company?
“When we select a supplier, not everything boils down to the lowest price. We also look at the financial stability of the company, the quality of the product and the strength of its technical support team,” explains Tom Broy, IBBI president. “Our suppliers have very experienced, well-trained technical personnel and we’ve put together a group of them to help our members build a better product at a lower cost, if possible.”
Eastman’s experienced engineers, knowledgeable sales staff, strong technical support team, and product reliability and versatility all play critical roles for marine manufacturers. While we’re proud of our decades of experience, we’re constantly looking forward to develop innovative cutting solutions for new technical materials.
Computer-controlled machines offer unique benefits manual cutters do not. With precise movements and higher speeds, automated cutting machines improve productivity and decrease scrap.
Our cutting systems handle a wide variety of materials used by boatbuilders with ease. We offer solutions for many commonly used materials, including fiberglass and other composites, vinyl, balsa, canvas, and carpet.
Eastman offers a variety of system options ideal for the marine industry, such as industry-approved inks and control enclosures to protect against harsh environments. You can see what other solutions and accessories we offer, as well as speak with an experienced team member, at IBEX and METStrade!