IBEX nears sellout of exhibit space


The 2014 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference added several new features and has already sold 90 percent of the exhibit space in its new Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center venue.

The new features include boats, which will occupy dock space, engine manufacturers and 500 exhibiting companies. The show will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

“Last year we announced we were going to rotate the show between Louisville, Ky., and Tampa, Fla., and have had a great response from the exhibitors, who are looking forward to showcasing their products and services in the Florida market,” IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.

“Our exhibit space for the 2014 event is already 90 percent sold with leading industry marine product and accessory manufacturers who will be returning, as well as dozens of new companies offering new products, advanced processes and impressive innovations.”

For the first time, IBEX will feature manufacturers, including Mercury Marine, Volvo Penta, Torqeedo Inc. and Honda Marine, which will be exhibiting in the dock space adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center. The exhibit hall also will feature the Composites Pavilion and the Education, Standards and Compliance Pavilion.

The IBEX Education Program, produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, will offer several new features, including an exhibitor workshop theater on the show floor, on-the-water demonstrations and dozens of relevant sessions focusing on hot topics and issues.

“The IBEX Seminar Series offers world-renowned technical education, from fundamental skills to cutting-edge advanced training, and is designed for shop floor crew, seasoned technicians and company officers,” Dunbar said. “The conference program will offer new and exciting updates for 2014 and will be announced in the spring, along with the keynote presenters and special events.”