IBEX 2010: Trade Only named MAATS Pavilion sponsor; call for Innovation Award entries


The former Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show makes its debut as a component of the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference this year, and Soundings Trade Only is the official sponsor of the new MAATS Aftermarket Pavilion.

Owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, IBEX will be held Sept. 28-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

"IBEX is a must-attend event for the growth and success of every boating business, so we're thrilled that Soundings Trade Only will be a key sponsor for the MAATS Aftermarket Pavilion, helping to further communicate to the industry the value in attending one of the industry's most influential events," said Carl Cramer, IBEX co-director and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder, in a statement.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28; from; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.

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In other news, the NMMA is accepting nominations for the IBEX 2010 Innovation Awards.

The awards presentation takes place Sept. 28 during the show's annual Industry Awards Breakfast.

IBEX Innovation Awards are judged by Boating Writers International in recognition of new marine equipment and processes in the OEM and aftermarket sectors.

The NMMA and BWI will award up to 13 new products, plus one Environmental Award. Exhibiting companies may submit products for consideration in the following categories:

  • Boatbuilding Methods & Materials
  • Deck Equipment and Hardware
  • Furnishings & Interior Parts
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Inboard Engines
  • Outboard Engines
  • Boatyard Hardware
  • Propulsion Parts, Propellers
  • Boat Care and Maintenance
  • OEM Electronics
  • Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories
  • Safety Equipment

The deadline for submitting entries is Sept. 2.

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Contact Melissa Skomedal at (312) 946-6281 or mskomedal@nmma.org for information.

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