Innovation continues to be the driving force behind the annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, and this year’s IBEX Innovation Awards drew a record number of entries and an eye-popping array of new product.
The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event, serving boatbuilders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors and boatyard/marine operators. It is held annually in the fall on a rotating basis in Louisville, Ky., and Tampa, Fla.
There is no disputing that the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will be held in Tampa, Fla., in 2016 and 2018. Whether the industry showcase for new products and innovation returns to Louisville, Ky., is up in the air.
This may have been the last year for the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Ky., as attendance this year was down 31.8 percent from the 2014 show in Tampa, Fla., and flat with attendance from the 2013 show in Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Seminars are a major component of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, and a case study of the hyper-organized and super-speedy six-month design-to-production path of the Everglades 435cc was one of the highlights of this year’s Design & Engineering seminar track.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Electronics and electrical equipment continue to generate new and innovative products in the marine industry. Just look at the electronics category in this year’s IBEX Innovation Awards and its 25 entries.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The industry unloaded a ton of new product Tuesday at the 25th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference at the Kentucky Exposition Center, including engines in all three major segments (outboard, inboard diesel and gas sterndrive), electronics and electrical equipment and refrigeration.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Can non-traditional boat-ownership businesses benefit the industry as a whole, even when ownership is not a part of the business? Yes, they can, say members of a panel that discussed alternatives to ownership at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference on Tuesday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was standing room only on Tuesday at the Millennial Lounge on the floor of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference and very few of the faces present could say they were around for the 1980s.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A specially selected group of exhibitors at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference stepped up to present lightning-fast pitches about their products at the Pitch the Press event on Tuesday.
Brunswick Corp. CEO Dustan McCoy was named Boating Industry magazine’s Mover and Shaker of the Year.