IBEX touts sold-out exhibit halls for 2016 show

IBEX said it will offer thousands of the newest products and innovations over three floors and two sold-out exhibit halls

The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference said it will offer thousands of the newest products and innovations over three floors and two sold-out exhibit halls at the Oct. 4-6 show at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.

IBEX, the largest North American trade event for boatbuilding, design, and maintenance, will offer more than 550 exhibiting companies — organizers said more than 100 are new — and networking events and educational opportunities. More than 7,000 industry professionals are expected to attend.

"Two expanded exhibit halls will offer our attendees thousands of new products in four distinct areas within the Tampa Convention Center, and we encourage those registering to stay for all three days, as there will be more ways to explore, learn and connect than ever before," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.

"The show has expanded in every way, and since we will be back in Tampa, we will once again be offering the IBEX docks full of boats and the interactive outdoor demonstration area."

For access to the exhibit list and floor plans, click here.

For the first time, more than 150 exhibitors, including Rockford Fosgate, Clarion, Hardin Marine Inc., Veco NA and others will be on the first floor of the convention center, which will open at 9 a.m. on each day of the show, an hour earlier than the third-floor exhibit hall, organizers said.

The first-floor exhibit hall is new this year and will feature many companies and products new to the industry. The first floor also will feature registration, the IBEX Café & Lounge, the press room, the seminar series and the speaker's lounge.

The second floor will feature the NMMA lounge, the second-floor lounge and the Tech Talk Theatre. Its schedule can be found here.

The third floor will feature the Composites Pavilion, which will include the Future Materials showcase — a collection of new materials, processes and technologies gathered from a variety of sources — and the Composites Tech Talk, sponsored by Composite One and Magnum Venus Products, on Oct. 4 from 5 to 6 p.m.

The third floor also will feature the Electronics Pavilion, which will host the Connected Boat; the Compliance, Standards, and Education Pavilion, which will host the Compliance Coffee on Wednesday morning; The SS 316 Lounge, sponsored by AmeriTool Mfg. Inc.; and Innovation Way, which includes all of the IBEX Innovation Awards product entries.

Third-floor exhibitors will include Garmin USA, Taylor Made Group LLC, Mercury Marine, Protomet Corp. and Teakdecking Systems.

Returning to Tampa, the show will again offer the IBEX Docks, expanded this year with more boats and technology — a rare opportunity to experience the newest innovations.

Organizers said many companies have already booked their space in the IBEX Docks, including Blue Gas Marine Inc., Honda Marine, JL Audio Inc., Lumitec Inc., SeaStar Solutions, MITO Corp., Wet Sounds and Yamaha Motor Corp.


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