IBEX plans composites exhibit at 2016 show

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The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, set for Oct. 4-6 in Tampa, Fla., is featuring a Future Materials hands-on exhibit at the center of the composite pavilion.

Curated by editors from Professional BoatBuilder and CompositesWorld magazines, the collection has been gathered from a wide variety of sources, including the marine, aerospace and automotive industries and some applied academic research.

"One of CompositesWorld's main goals this year is to show IBEX attendees materials and process technologies in several key areas, including nanotechnology, recycling and sustainability, and improved form and function, which could range from visually stunning fibers and laminates to added functionality, like electrical conductivity,” CompositesWorld magazine senior editor Ginger Gardiner said in a statement.

“Manufacturers need to keep ahead of these trends in order to appeal to today's educated customers. We want to stimulate ideas of how to incorporate new technology into products that help the environment and offer improved performance and value.”

Composites materials manufacturers with cutting-edge ideas and approaches that have not yet made it to the mainstream of composite boatbuilding can submit samples by May 11 and descriptions to be reviewed for consideration.

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