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 2013 VIDEO: NMMA president says ‘better times are ahead’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference opened this morning with the Industry Breakfast & Awards Ceremony and a consistent theme of optimism and passion. From NMMA president Thom Dammrich’s welcome address to keynote speaker and NCAA champion basketball coach Rick Pitino’s motivational speech on the power of passion and a positive attitude,…more

IBEX 2013: NMMA names CSI award winners

The National Marine Manufacturers Association on Monday announced 29 recipients of 2013 Marine Industry CSI Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction. Recipients were acknowledged this morning during the annual Industry Breakfast at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Ky. The CSI awards program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue…more

IBEX reports boost in registration and exhibitors

Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference are reporting that totals for attendee pre-registration, workshop and seminar enrollment, new exhibitors and total exhibitors have increased from last year. “We are delighted that there is so much anticipation and excitement for IBEX this year,” show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement. “The increase in…more

Taylor Made Systems will debut frameless windshields at IBEX

Taylor Made Systems will unveil its next-generation Eclipse-series frameless windshields for sport- and towboats next week at the 2013 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Ky. The company is enhancing the product line it introduced in 2006 with the integration of vertical supports and headers that match the glass look of the company’s flush-glazed…more

ABYC compliance event set for IBEX

The American Boat and Yacht Council will hold a “Compliance and Standards Coffee” Wednesday at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Ky. The event, which will be held from 8-10 a.m. at the Compliance Pavilion on the IBEX showroom floor at the Kentucky Exposition Center, seeks to provide opportunities for attendees to network…more

NMRA will hold raffle at IBEX

The National Marine Representatives Association is hosting a free drink raffle to help promote Rep Night at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Ky. Show visitors can stop at the NMRA booth, No. 751, at the Kentucky Exposition Center before 3 p.m. on Sept. 17 and drop off a business card for entry.…more

Composites pavilion schedules cocktail event at IBEX

The Composites Pavilion at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will pit vendor against vendor for the title of best marine-themed cocktail at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17. Each team of composites professionals will mix a signature drink that captures the spirit of their industry. All registered attendees are invited to sample and vote for…more


Boating’s age of innovation

Led by GPS, joysticks and computer-aided design, the last 20 years have transformed the on-water experience When Michael Peters began designing boats in the 1970s, he thought he had missed boating’s Golden Age. “If only I was old enough to be a designer in 1959 or 1960 when you had fiberglass replacing wood boats, the…more

IBEX rolls out new show-planner app

Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference introduced a mobile app to help exhibitors and attendees efficiently plan their visits. The native iPhone/iPad App is available on the iTunes App Store and the Android App is on Google Play. In addition, the IBEX ChirpE Mobile Web App provides real-time access to the event info…more

NMRA offers free consultations at IBEX

The National Marine Representatives Association said it will host free “Ask A Rep” consultations during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in September. “Our first ‘Ask A Rep’ sessions were last year, and we’ve received such positive feedback and were so satisfied with the experience we’ve decided to do it again this year,” NMRA president…more

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