International Boat Builders Exhibition and Conference – IBEX
Learn first hand what all the leading marine companies are doing, not just your partners. Knowledge is power. IBEX is three days of solid data gathering to educate yourself and your staff. And you’ll learn about upcoming regulatory requirements and new emerging technologies.
IBEX 2018 a Success
The 28th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) closed its show on Thursday, October 4th with early indications that visitor and exhibiting figures were considerably up for the three-day event. With nearly 4,300 verified visitors – a 23% increase over last year – and a 10% increase in square footage to accommodate 14% more exhibiting companies totaling 700 different exhibitors, IBEX was a tremendous success. In total, 55 countries were represented at IBEX, a 10% increase over last year. In addition, visitors had access to 38 boats on the IBEX Docks used to display marine equipment on the water. Four International Pavilions represented exhibitors from South Korea, Australia, France and Italy to accompany the four Specialty Pavilions: the Composite Pavilion, Marina & Yard Pavilion, Electronics Pavilion and the Compliance, Standards & Education Pavilion.
The IBEX Education Conference was well attended with a 27% increase in seminars sold. The Special Session: Designing for Speed had standing room only with 160 people attending the panel discussion. The first-ever Vacuum Bag Challenge was also a popular attraction with four teams competing. Teams were required to vacuum a balloon to 15 inches of mercury without popping it in the fastest time. The winning team consisted of Patrick Dender of Accredited Marine Technologies and Adam Blankinship of Schooner Creek Boat Works with a time of six minutes, twenty-two seconds. Supplies and technical expertise were provided by PRO-VAC.
“One of the most insightful and impressive seminars I have attended at an industry-related show,” said Tom Allen, Kittery Point Yacht Yard, of the seminar What Does the Future Hold? How Today’s Global Trends Will Impact Your Business, presented by Bill Yeargin.
“IBEX exceeded our expectations this year,” said Tim Bock, chairman, Balmar. “We received several new business inquiries and will be chasing them down for weeks to come!”
“The energy and excitement during IBEX this year was amazing,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “The positive response to all of our educational offerings, the exhibit halls were packed and people really took advantage of what IBEX does best—which is bring the newest elements of marine products and technology to our industry, in one place. The increase in visitors, exhibitors and exhibit space are all powerful indicators that the industry is as strong as ever.”
IBEX is scheduled to return to the Tampa Convention Center for the next three years, with IBEX 2019 show dates set for October 1-3, 2019. For more information, visit www.ibexshow.com.
IBEX Announces Product Winners of 2018 Innovation Awards
The 2018 Innovation Awards, managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), were presented at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) during the annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, October 2. Eight BWI judges with various technical backgrounds in boating selected the new product winners among dozens of entries submitted by marine trade companies.
The winners in each of the 13 categories of the 2018 Innovation Awards are:
Boat Care and Maintenance: AWLGRIP North America, Quick Build
Boatbuilding Methods & Materials: Structural Composites Inc., Advanced Marine Coatings
Honorable Mention: Dowco Marine, Nextoon
Covering: Taylor Made, Pole-less Self-Draining Pontoon Cover
Honorable Mention: Quality Mark, Pop-A-Pole
Deck Equipment and Hardware: Dripper Guard, Dripper Guard PRO
Electrical Systems: Balmar, SG200 Battery Monitor
Entertainment: FUSION Entertainment USA Inc., Apollo 770
Furnishings and Interior Parts: SHOXS, X Series Shock Mitigated Pedestals
Lighting: Megaleds Ind, ORPHOS
Mechanical Systems: Blue Guard Innovations, BG-One
OEM Electronics: Raymarine Inc., Axiom ClearCruise Augmented Reality
Honorable Mention: Suzuki Motor of America Inc., Multi-Function Gauge
Outboard Engines: Yamaha Motor Corporation, V8 XTO Offshore
Propulsion Parts, Propellers: Mercury Marine, Tiller Handle Assembly for Portable Outboard Motor
Safety Equipment: Medallion Instrumentation Systems, Docking/Trailer Camera
All product entries can be viewed along Innovation Way in Aisle 2200.
“This year’s entries were very focused on improving the boating experience,” said Alan Wendt, chair of the judging panel, IBEX. “From solving simple issues with canvas, to more complex engineering challenges with hardware and composites, there is ample evidence of innovation underway in a thriving industry.”
“Recognizing and encouraging innovation in our industry is what IBEX is all about,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “The winning products will positively impact boating forever, and it’s very exciting. Congratulations to all the entrants for their dedication to product evolution.”
Attendees of the Industry Breakfast were treated to a presentation from keynote speaker Rich Karlgaard, Forbes publisher and Global Futurist, Economic Leader, Entrepreneur and Author, who delivered an interesting and informative talk about the events changing the world and how they’re impacting the marine industry. Preceding Karlgaard’s keynote speech, NMMA President Thom Dammrich addressed the more than 750 marine professionals that attended the breakfast, discussing the future of the industry, with the theme Recreational Boating in 2035.
|IBEX 2019||October 1-3, 2019|
|IBEX 2020||September 29-October 1, 2020|