The following is a roundup of news concerning the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference, set for Oct.12-14 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
This year's International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference will feature a new program, One-on-One Sessions, to help industry professionals survive and succeed in today's market.
"These new sessions can help find the solutions you have been looking for by pairing you with those with similar situations and needs to discuss tangible ideas for moving your business forward," said Carl Cramer, IBEX show co-director and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine, in a statement.
A total of 29 sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a range of topics covered by a panel of industry experts. Each expert is available for one hour on each day of the show.
Participants may invite as many as three people from their company to join their session. Every participating company is limited to one single session. Each session costs $100 per hour.
Click here to register for the sessions and schedule an appointment.
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The National Marine Electronics Association will offer a workshop, Building Cost-Effective Electronics Platforms, for boatbuilders at IBEX.
The free workshop, scheduled for 1-2 p.m. Oct. 13, will be led by NMEA technical consultant David Morschhauser and a panel of NMEA member representatives.
"The workshop will focus on avoiding marine electronics problems from the keel up," Morschhauser said in a statement. "Today's vessels are multifunctional platforms that fill many roles and one is to provide a platform for marine electronics that ensures safe and efficient vessel navigation, communications, and operation."
The workshop will include discussion of resources and practices available through the NMEA, such as NMEA Installation Standards and the NMEA 2000 Standard that makes possible the networking of marine electronics. Practices and options that maximize performance and minimize costs for boatbuilders will also be included.
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Thetford Marine of Ann Arbor, Mich., will host a free workshop Oct. 13 on macerating sanitation technology at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
With this technology already capturing a large percentage of market share in Europe, it's now working its way into North America, according to the company.
All IBEX attendees are invited to take part. Participants must register by going to the Special Events page on the show's Web site . Those who cannot attend the workshop are invited to stop by Thetford Marine's booth, No. 2457, to learn more about the company's products.
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Dr. Shrink is taking its Shrinkwrap University to IBEX for a free, day-long session Oct. 15, starting at 8:30 a.m.
The program will include classroom discussions on marketing, insurance, business tips from a certified public accountant, and safe operation of the heat tool. Participants will experience hands-on shrink-wrap installation training and wrap boats in the afternoon. Lunch will be served to all students.
All IBEX attendees are invited to participate; walk-ins are also welcome. Those interested in registering for the event can contact Dr. Shrink directly at (800) 968-5147 or stop by booth No. 1850 at IBEX.