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Really sad news, Esquif Canoes have ceased trading putting the following message on their website:
'It is with great sadness that we announce today that Esquif Canoes inc. has stopped operating Monday March 16th, 2014. Various elements forced Esquif to dispose of its assets and end production.
For over 15 years, we worked hard to design and build the best canoes in the world and we want to thank all our customers and friends. Mission accomplished!
Jacques and everyone from Esquif'
So T-Formex is not going to be the replacement for Royalex. The search goes on.
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Very good news - not just for Esquif, but it sounds as if T-Formex will be the replacement for Royalex. The press release says "The company also intends to operate a sales branch dedicated to T-Formex." I think that means Esquif will be selling T-Formex to other manufacturers - probably a better way to to recover their investment in the material than keeping it to themselves, but certainly better for paddlers.
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That was always their intention Chris, seems part of the reason they got into difficulty however was that only 1 other company invested anything towards the R&D costs for it although several will buy it when it is ready - as I recall they were predicting June or July before that pretty major set back, so maybe the first production boats will be out for the autumn now?