The mood at IBEX was one of optimism for an industry that is making a slow but steady comeback Amid the discussions and networking at IBEX 2013, the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, was the underlying theme that although business is better, growth is going to continue to be slow, compared with the pre-recession era.
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.
Companies that ignore the exploding Hispanic population in the United States and fail to engage that market will miss out on long-term business opportunities, conferees at one of many seminars held at IBEX were told.
Soundings Trade Only writers thoroughly covered the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference last month, so look for an extensive report in the November issue of the magazine. Meanwhile, sponsored videos from IBEX are up and running at our website. Eight exhibitors discuss the new products they brought to the show. From an innovative glass cockpit…more
Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference said today that attendance this year of 4,700 equaled the turnout of a year ago. As in 2012, the boating industry’s networking and trade event took place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The conference ran from Sept. 17-19. “IBEX was well-attended this year, but what…more
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Adam Boulay, president and CEO of gelcoat and fiberglass product manufacturer Dolphinite, is having a good year. Nine years removed from shutting down his company after filing for bankruptcy following the failed launch of a faulty antifouling product and subsequent lawsuits, Boulay brought his relaunched Dolphinite to the International BoatBuilders’ Exposition &…more
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Raymarine’s engine and drive-by-wire steering interface — called the ECI-100 — should help boatbuilders and electronics system installers bridge the gap between the latest engines and steering systems and Raymarine products, the manufacturer announced Wednesday during a seminar at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. “It’s a very small device that’s a…more
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As expected, the floor aisles at the Kentucky Exposition Center were busier on Wednesday, the second day of the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. Walking the floor and chatting with some of the more than 500 exhibitors from 50 countries, I found that two common themes emerged: Business is clearly on the…more
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
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
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