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 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

IBEX 2010: A video introduction

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As the industry gathers for the 20th edition of IBEX, Soundings Trade Only editor-in-chief Bill Sisson and associate editor Beth Rosenberg sat down to talk about the show’s move out of South Florida, the merger with MAATS and why this is one show you shouldn’t miss. {flv}ibex1{/flv} Click play to watch. Mobile…more


IBEX 2010: NMMA head says industry is resilient

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference opened with a flourish this morning as the Kentucky Derby bugle call ushered in the 20th annual event at its new location at the Kentucky Exposition Center. More than 500 exhibitors are in Louisville to show off their latest products, systems and services. Seventy are first-time…more

IBEX reports increase in exhibitors

With four weeks to go until the 2010 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference opens, the show has surpassed last year’s exhibitor registration by 11 percent. To date, 538 exhibitors are confirmed and there will be at least 70 first-time exhibitors. IBEX, which moves this year to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, runs Sept. 28-30.…more


A new-look IBEX

After 19 years in South Florida, the show adds an aftermarket pavilion and moves to Louisville “New” is the operative word in describing this year’s 20th anniversary International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. New venue. New city. New aftermarket pavilion. New seminars. New events. For the first time, IBEX moves out of South Florida and into…more

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