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New composites exhibit added to IBEX

One of the new feature areas being planned for IBEX will focus on "Future Materials,” a new hands-on exhibit at the center of the Composites Pavilion.

One of the new feature areas being planned for the 25th International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference will focus on "Future Materials,” a new hands-on exhibit at the center of the Composites Pavilion.

Curated by editors from Professional BoatBuilder and CompositesWorld magazines, the collection of new materials, processes and technologies will be gathered from the marine, aerospace and automotive industries and some applied academic research and development.

"The goal for the Future Materials exhibit is to present a mix of innovative near-term practical applications for boatbuilders, as well as ideas to inspire novel solutions to present and future challenges in composites design, fabrication, end-use marketing, recycling and repair," Professional BoatBuilder editor Aaron Porter said in a statement.

"It has been eye-opening and inspiring to focus CompositesWorld's broad knowledge of a full range of new composites technologies and trends toward the unique needs of boat designers and builders at IBEX,” Porter said. “I think the potential in some of these advancements will surprise even experienced marine composites techs."

Composites materials manufacturers with cutting-edge ideas and approaches that have not yet made it to the mainstream of composite boatbuilding can submit samples and descriptions to be reviewed for consideration.

The deadline for entries is May 8.

"We look forward to working with the editors of these two industry-leading publications to bring the most innovative products to the IBEX show floor," show director Anne Dunbar said. "The Future Materials exhibit will be featured in the Composites Pavilion, which has become the center of marine industry composite technology."

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