IBEX kicks off next week

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The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference opens next week in Tampa, Fla., for a three-day run at the Tampa Convention Center.

“IBEX is a must-attend for all marine professionals,” show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement. “No other event offers as much access to the people, products and technology that’s shaping the marine industry. Our team has spent months planning and preparing for this moment, and we are very excited about the start of the show.”

IBEX will feature three exhibit halls with more than 700 exhibitors from 24 countries, four product pavilions, country pavilions and a variety of educational and entertainment seminars and events. The show runs Oct. 1-3.

Super Sessions begin Sunday and Monday, before the show’s official opening.

First- and second-floor exhibit halls are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Third-floor exhibit halls are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

The Marina and Yard Pavilion is on the first floor. The third floor will feature pavilions that include Compliance, Standards and Education; Composites; and the National Marine Electronics Association Connected Boat Experience.

There will also be International Pavilions from Australia, France, Italy, Slovenia and South Korea. Outdoor displays and demos also will take place, and there will be 30 boats on the IBEX docks.

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