The 2010 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference, with the addition of the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show, is poised to be the marine industry's largest and most influential trade event in North America, organizers say.
This year's show takes place Sept. 28-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. IBEX is produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
"To improve the efficiency of marine trade shows, the scope of IBEX needed to change, becoming a must-attend event for the growth and success of all marine trade," said Carl Cramer, IBEX co-director and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine. "One trade event for OEM and aftermarket parts and accessories will create a more productive environment, reduce exhibitor costs and time, and attract a broader base of attendees to the show."
In addition to the new MAATS Aftermarket Pavilion, IBEX 2010 is planning an expanded seminar series, other specialty pavilions, opportunities for buyer-supplier meetings, free workshops and more.
"And as the sixth-largest convention facility in the U.S., the Kentucky Exposition Center offers an affordable and centrally located home for IBEX that can easily accommodate exhibitors, attendees and activities," said NMMA president Thom Dammrich.