Materials presentation added to IBEX

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Material ConneXion’s interactive Materials Library will be featured this year at the International BoatBuilders’Exhibition & Conference.

It will be located at the Composites Pavilion.

"The boating industry, given its nature, is one of the most in need of high-performance materials that can resist the most extreme elements, both for the interiors and exteriors of its structures," Material ConneXion vice president of library and materials research Andrew H. Dent said in a statement.

"At Material ConneXion, our library hosts more than 7,500 innovative, sustainable and advanced materials and we can cross-pollinate between industries, offering the boating world performance materials, surfaces and coatings that were developed for other industries, but that can be applied differently."

During IBEX, which will be held from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center, materials specialist Sarah Hoit, who has a master’s degree from the North Carolina State University College of Textiles, will hold two sessions a day, presenting innovative materials.

Hoit will do a hands-on presentation by inviting attendees to touch and feel material samples for which she will explain technical properties, innovative traits, suggested applications and interesting facts.

Each presentation will feature 10 materials that range from surfaces, sustainable textiles and innovative coating systems to materials that have been developed for packaging, fashion and architecture, but can be applied to the most diverse design worlds.

The presentations will last 15 minutes each and will take place daily at the Material ConneXion booth (No. 1041) at 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.

"We are thrilled to be working with Material ConneXion to provide our attendees with the opportunity to be educated on the immense number of advanced and innovative materials available to the boatbuilding industry," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said.

"Attendees and exhibitors should plan to visit this display and learn directly from leading material engineering experts about current and future trends and advances within the material world that might create better products and improve the overall boating experience for consumers."