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: Industry should eye ‘Hispanic baby boom’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Market growth is available to recreational marine companies that make an effort to engage and attract the Hispanic community. That was the message delivered Wednesday during a seminar at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. “There are 53 million Hispanics in the U.S., according to the 2010 Census, accounting for 17 percent…more

IBEX 2013: Exhibitor Video Awards winners announced

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference announced the winners of the second annual Exhibitor Video Awards on Monday at the Industry Breakfast at the Kentucky Exposition Center. SeaStar Solutions (formerly Teleflex Marine) won the Best Product Video for “Optimus 360 by SeaStar Solutions” and Best Company Video for “Teleflex Marine Is Now SeaStar Solutions.” The…more


IBEX 2013: A day in the life of the bustling show

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After opening remarks from NMMA president Thom Dammrich and a motivational pep talk from NCAA champion basketball coach Rick Pitino, I headed out to the Kentucky Exposition Center floor on Tuesday to take in the first day of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. Here are voices from a half-dozen meetings I…more


IBEX 2013 VIDEO: Innovative propulsion advances

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — I often look for innovation in the marine industry under the umbrella of propulsion. And I never get rained out at IBEX. I found two interesting products that deserve some recognition (in addition to the propulsion-related innovation winners in the NMMA competition — Volvo Penta and Yamaha). The EP-10000 electric motor from…more


IBEX 2013: Rick Pitino motivates with impassioned speech

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference organizers picked a winning keynote speaker in local legend Rick Pitino, the NCAA champion basketball coach of the Louisville Cardinals, who delivered a motivational speech to more than 450 attendees at this morning’s Industry Breakfast and awards presentation. Pitino’s talk mirrored his forthcoming book (available in October),…more

IBEX 2013: Innovation Award winners named

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference today announced the winners of the 2013 IBEX Innovation Awards. A panel of experienced technical boating journalists and editors from Boating Writers International judged all entries and presented awards to the winners at the All-Industry Breakfast, which took place this morning. IBEX organizers created the Innovation…more


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

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