Marine seats are used in pleasure boats, trawlers, super yachts, workboats, commercial vessels, and military crafts in the nautical world. These seats are mounted over the deck and under the deck as per the application and type of boat. Materials used in the seats are such that make them safe in the marine environment and have long lasting color and are easy to maintain.
Water resistant and water proof material are used in order to protect the fiber of the seat from moisture. Expanded vinyl also known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is commonly used in making marine seats and cushions. Also, vinyl and polyester composite fabric stays tight on the frame and it can be made completely water proof. Contouring, backrest angle, proper dimensions, seat height, shock absorption, cushioning, and breathability, are some of the factors that make the marine seats comfortable.
The marine seats market holds immense potential, due to a combination of numerous factors such as increasing investments and research activities undertaken by prominent players of the industry to develop and upgrade products. Additionally, rising awareness about benefits of adopting advanced technologies is further contributing to the growth of the marine seats market. Increase in marine tourism and leisure activities have boosted the demand for marine seats. Growth in marine infrastructure has created opportunities for boat and small ship owners.
These activities will have significant impact on the growth on the marine tourism industry which will increase the market for marine seats. Increase in trade activities has created demand for large vessels and cargo ships. These ships have large number of marine seats to accommodate the people on board. According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), seaborne trade grew 4.0% from 10.3 billion tons in 2016 to 10.7 billion tons in 2017. Many manufacturers have added functional finishes to the seats which will improve the quality of the seats and increase their durability.
In recent years, manufacturers have undertaken research and development on marine seats to make it better and provide more comfort. Professional Components Ltd., a Canada based company has designed the suspension in the seats for boat and jet stream boats. The suspension absorbs the shockwave and protects people from injury and makes navigation easy for the pilot and boats.
There are some restraints and disadvantages which can affect the demand for marine seats. Marine seats require regular maintenance and cleaning. Seats made from textiles require maintenance to avoid odor and bacterial problems. The cost of marine seats has increased due to research and innovation, which may restrain the consumer from buying high priced seats. Seats made from synthetic fiber are more durable than textile fiber; however synthetic fiber is non-biodegradable which may increase industrial waste
The global marine seats market can be segmented based on product, type, application, and region. On the basis of product, the marine seats market can be classified into lounge seats, helm seats, folding seats, and others (bucket seats, revolving seat, etc.). Based on type, the marine seats market can be classified into driver seat and passenger seat. In terms of application, the marine seats market can be classified into leisure, transportation, logistics and others (tourism, fishing, etc.). Based on region, the global marine seats market can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.
Key players in the global marine seats market are West Marine, Quality Pacific Manufacturing, Inc., Thomas Scott Seating Ltd, Swann Systems (UK) Ltd., Springfield Marine Company, Mercury Marine, Ullman Dynamics, Tappezzeria Nautica Beggio, Todd Marine Products, and The Wise Company, Inc.