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 reports drop in attendance

Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exposition and Conference reported an estimated 31 percent drop in attendance this year compared to 2008. Actual attendance figures were not immediately available. Despite the drop, organizers said many exhibitors were pleased with the quality of attendees at the three-day event, which ran Oct. 12-14 at the Miami Beach Convention…more


‘Green shoots’ of new life sprout at IBEX

Talk at the show suggests industry may be in the early stages of a turnaround The final International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Miami – at least for a few years – ended on a high note, with many exhibitors saying they were making sales and seeing signs of life in the industry, despite a…more

Teleflex sees success at IBEX

Teleflex Marine reports it drew crowds to its newly redesigned exhibit at the 2009 International Boatbuilders’ Exposition and Conference, which was held Oct. 12-14 held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The company, which specializes in manufacturing and distributing high-quality engineered products and services for marine and industrial markets worldwide, introduced several new products at…more

IBEX 2009: Innovation Awards handed out

MIAMI BEACH – Dozens of companies were recognized this morning for innovation and customer service during the annual IBEX industry breakfast. In addition, Joe Charles, of Charles Industries, received the Mel Barr award from the National Marine Representatives Association and Boating Industry magazine. Innovation Award winners were: Boatbuilding Methods and Materials: Prisma “TA” System from…more

IBEX 2009: Boating trending toward a turnaround?

MIAMI BEACH – There’s no doubt it’s been a very difficult 12 to 18 months in the boating business, but there’s evidence suggesting the industry is poised for a comeback. That was the message this morning from National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich at the IBEX industry breakfast and awards presentation. A recent Discover…more

IBEX 2009: Speaker talks about new financing sources

MIAMI BEACH – Marine dealers are in great need of new sources of financing, and if they know where to look and how to present their cases to banks that may be unfamiliar with the industry, they just might find new funding, according to Bill Thompson, a recreational lending expert with Cardinal Points Network, a…more

IBEX 2009: Dealer Development Days

MIAMI BEACH – As part of a new Dealer Development Days program, this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference is featuring three free seminars specifically for dealers. The first, “Dealer Economics: How to Survive,” was held Monday, with “Stop Scaring Your Banker: What You Need to Know,” set for this afternoon. Wednesday’s topic is “Keep…more


IBEX 2009: Opening speakers stress marketing practices

MIAMI BEACH – Think big. Follow the laws of marketing. Reach for the stars. And, most importantly, focus. That was the advice well-known marketing strategist Al Ries gave Monday night at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. About 200 people attended the opening-night presentations — a new feature at this year’s show — which also…more

IBEX opens in Miami

The 19th annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference opens today at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Show organizers reports more than 65 new or returning exhibitors committed to the show in the last 90 days and that preshow registrations are “slightly off” from 2008 numbers, when 3,924 people attended. A special opening night presentation is…more

Organizers see positive data heading into IBEX

A recent influx of new exhibitor registrations, in addition to positive shipment news released by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, could indicate the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference is poised for a strong opening Monday, organizers say. The trade event opens Monday and runs through Wednesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. IBEX is owned…more

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