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.


The race to ‘smart’

Innovation awards reflect industry’s success in marrying on-board electronics with mobile devices The marine industry is keeping up with the fast-paced integration of electronics and mobile devices, as evidenced by two recent product innovation contests. About half of the 60 entries in the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference Innovation Awards were in the electronics,…more


Toughing it out at IBEX

Beleaguered economy led to fewer attendees, but those who were there positioned themselves for 2012 With an increased number of exhibitors and a record amount of seminars, the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference settled into its Kentucky home and brought out some of the newest and most innovative products the marine industry has to…more

NMMA reports drop in IBEX attendance

The National Marine Manufacturers Association Thursday reported a 9 percent decrease in attendance at the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. Total attendance was 4,672, compared with 5,161 the previous year at the event, which was held for a second year at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The NMMA said that although attendance was…more

IBEX 2011: More exhibitors, more seminars highlight show

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference wraps up this afternoon at the Kentucky Exposition Center, and organizers said they’ve heard good reports from attendees and exhibitors. “The show has a great buzz to it,” is a comment Professional BoatBuilder magazine publisher Carl Cramer heard on the show floor. The magazine, along…more

IBEX 2011: VIDEO: Interview with MRAA’s Phil Keeter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Soundings Trade Only editor-in-chief William Sisson talked Tuesday with outgoing MRAA president Phil Keeter about his decades-long perspective on the industry, what lies ahead and how to attract more people to boating. Click play to watch the interview from IBEX. In Keeter’s view, the marine industry should expect modest growth in a…more

IBEX 2011: Innovation Awards handed out

Thirteen marine manufacturers were honored this morning for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International at the IBEX Innovation Awards in Louisville, Ky. Eleven winning companies received 2011 IBEX Innovation Awards and two received honorable mentions during the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast at the Kentucky Exposition Center. “The winners recognized…more


IBEX 2011: NMMA president wants to expand boating base

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the boating industry to grow and prosper, it must work together and reach beyond the traditional customer to embrace millions of Americans who haven’t yet experienced the thrill and fun of boating. That was the message Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, presented this morning at the industry…more

IBEX attendees will find a larger show

Attendees of the upcoming 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference will notice an increase in exhibit space and exhibitor registrations. IBEX takes place Oct. 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. This year’s show includes 100,000 square feet, an 8 percent jump over 2010 (103,900 vs. 95,700); exhibitor registration is up 2.3 percent…more


IBEX: Where you go to see and be seen

This year’s show expects to build on the move to Louisville and last year’s increase in attendance The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference is billed as an event “where the business of boating gets done,” and show exhibitors and attendees agree it’s the place to see what’s new and to be seen by current and…more

IBEX debuts mobile website

A mobile website was introduced for the 21st annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, which takes place Oct. 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. “The new IBEX mobile website makes it easier than ever for visitors to navigate the show and personalize their show experience right from the palm of their hand, with…more

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