IBEX organizers prepare for next week

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The excitement is building as marine professionals from all segments of the recreational marine industry prepare to make their way to the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference, which opens Tuesday at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

“Now in its 21st year, IBEX has grown from its roots as a technical conference and trade show for boatbuilders into an industrywide marine technology event,” Carl Cramer, IBEX co-producer and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine, said in a statement. “This year’s IBEX will be bigger and better than ever and we are seeing optimism and enthusiasm throughout the boating industry as the recovery continues to build momentum.”

IBEX 2012 features include:

• More than 500 OEM and aftermarket suppliers showing new products

• More than 90 technical and business seminars conducted by industry experts

• Intensive all-day learning opportunities in Monday’s four pre-conference sessions

• Dedicated aftermarket pavilion sponsored by Soundings Trade Only

• 16 free factory workshops

• Outdoor hands-on demos

• The first live social media lounge

• Compliance and standards pavilion

• NMEA ConnectFest

• Evaporative emissions and green marine routes to discover what’s new in environmentally friendly products

• All-Industry Breakfast and Innovation Awards

• Opening Night Welcome Back to Louisville Fourth Street Live Party

• New for 2012: IBEX Bourbon Experience with a Kentucky flavor

• New for 2012: Exhibitor Video Awards; vote now on Facebook

“Thousands of marine professionals come to IBEX because it’s the most affordable and efficient way to see what’s new and what’s next in boating technology, learn about new products and processes, discover new business opportunities, meet customers and suppliers, close business deals and network with marine industry peers from around the world — all in one place,” show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement. “At the end of the three action-packed days they will leave IBEX with fresh insights and knowledge that they can put to use right away to improve their businesses.”

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