Industry gathers in Tampa for IBEX


On-site registration for the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference began at 8 a.m. today at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center and the first of nine popular “super sessions” commenced at 9 a.m.

The Industry Breakfast and keynote address by college basketball legend Bobby Knight will formally open IBEX at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The exhibit floor will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Beginning Tuesday, Soundings Trade Only will have a crew at IBEX, reporting on noteworthy discussions and product introductions in this week’s Trade Only Today e-newsletters.

For a preview of what to look for on the exhibit floor, check out a roster of new-product announcements posted in the IBEX “virtual press room.”

IBEX, which runs through Thursday, will feature more than 550 exhibiting companies, including 142 that did not exhibit in 2013, and 80 first-time exhibitors that will showcase thousands of new products, advanced processes and the latest innovation.

The new venue in Tampa enables the addition of on-water demonstrations that the previous venue in Louisville, Ky., did not allow.

Interactive displays to be found on the exhibit floor include:

• A demonstration showcasing 3-D printing and scanning technologies applicable to the marine industry.

• Material ConneXion, showcasing the world’s largest resource for advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes.

• The Connected Boat: See a variety of boat systems interconnected using existing network technology. These are real-world solutions using real-world systems. Located in the Electronics Pavilion, it is a live display ongoing throughout the show.