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.


IBEX opens registration to exhibitors

Boatbuilders, boat dealers, yard managers and accessory manufacturers can now register for IBEX, which is scheduled for Oct. 17-19 in Louisville, Ky. The show that unites the OEM and aftermarket industries for three days will again showcase new products, technologies and innovations. Attracting more than 5,000 marine professionals and 500 exhibitors from more than 60…more


Was IBEX 2010 the turning point?

Enthusiasm over the future of the industry was palpable at the trade show’s Louisville debut It’s been a tough couple of years for the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, but exhibitors and organizers say 2010 may have marked a turning point for the event – and the industry as a whole. “The past two years…more

Attendance jumps 13 percent at IBEX 2010

Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference reported a 13 percent increase in attendance at this year’s event, which took place Sept. 28-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. According to organizers, 5,161 people attended IBEX this year, compared with 4,567 in 2009, when the event was held in Miami Beach. IBEX is…more


IBEX 2010: Louisville show deemed a success

Exhibitors at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, which wrapped up Thursday, were generally pleased with the event’s new Louisville, Ky., venue, as well as the business they did during the three-day show. “We were a little concerned coming down because of the change of venue from Florida, but it’s actually had a lot of…more

IBEX 2010: Session focuses on a new marketing approach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As the industry battles a sluggish economy and numerous activities that vie for boaters’ time and disposable income, five leading researchers Wednesday discussed how companies can best use market research to grow their business. The four-hour session on the second day of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference was led by Jim…more


IBEX 2010: Dometic marks move to Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dometic used the backdrop of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference to celebrate its coming move from Elkhart, Ind., to Louisville. People crowded into Dometic’s booth late Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the move of its headquarters for the Americas with a cocktail reception. Dometic Marine will remain at its Florida location and…more

IBEX 2010: VIDEO: Grow Boating will have digital focus

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Grow Boating board met here at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference this week and approved a relaunch of the marketing campaign. The new Grow Boating will use existing boaters to draw people to the boating lifestyle. {flv}ibex3new{/flv} “We’re going to use social media and electronic media and other channels to…more

IBEX 2010: VIDEO: An interview with co-director Carl Cramer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The new home of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference seems to be a hit, the show’s co-director said. {flv}ibex2{/flv} Click play to hear Bill Sisson’s discussion with Carl Cramer, IBEX co-director and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder. Mobile users, click here to watch on the TradeOnlyToday YouTube channel. On the show floor,…more


IBEX 2010: New MAATS gets good reviews

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Exhibitors at the new MAATS Aftermarket Pavilion at IBEX were generally pleased with their early show results on Tuesday, the first day of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. The pavilion, with 72 exhibitors, was added to IBEX after the demise last year of MAATS as a stand-alone show. “To improve the…more

IBEX 2010: Innovation Awards handed out

Thirteen marine manufacturers were honored this morning for innovative achievement by the NMMA and Boating Writers International at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference Innovation Awards in Louisville, Ky. The winning companies received their awards this morning during the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast at the Kentucky Exposition Center. “Judges found a solid mix of affordable…more

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