This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference, the American Boat and Yacht Council and Composites 2011.
The 2010 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference opens in less than two weeks at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville and it includes new features and events. IBEX runs Sept. 28-30.
In addition to the MAATS Aftermarket Pavilion, the 2010 show will offer the most comprehensive industry research presentation of the year and new seminars to address all marine industry stakeholders, organizers say.
On Sept. 28, events include the annual industry breakfast, featuring several awards presentations, and remarks from National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation president and CEO Frank Peterson and a keynote address by Tori Murden McClure, who is the first woman and American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
An opening-night party will be held that night in downtown Louisville.
On Sept. 29, the special session "Using Market Intelligence for Market Growth" takes place. It will explore the year's most comprehensive market research, statistics and data, and it will feature a panel of five leading industry researchers. They will share insights about how a company can grow its market share by leveraging a combination of proprietary research tools.
On the night of Sept. 29, the special session "Navigating the Global Marketplace" will be held. It will show attendees how to navigate regulations in the U.S. and internationally.
Online registration for IBEX closes Sept. 21.
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The American Boat and Yacht Council is offering several courses.
The electrical certification course takes place Oct. 19-22 in Long Island, N.Y. The four-day course is designed for the experienced and will conclude with a 200-question certification exam.
A basic marine electrical course takes place Nov. 9-11 in Albany, N.Y. This three-day course is designed for the marine professional who is an electrical novice.
An A/C and refrigeration certification course takes place Nov. 16-18 in Thomaston, Maine. This course is designed for the marine technician who has at least a rudimentary level of experience and/or prior training in working with these systems. The certification exam will be administered after lunch on the second day of this program.
An EPA coolant certification class takes place Nov. 19 in Thomaston, Maine. The one-day class is offered at the conclusion of the A/C refrigeration certification class and is designed to equip the student with the EPA coolant certification necessary to purchase bulk refrigerant.
A four-day gasoline engine and support systems certification course takes place Dec. 14-17 in Thomaston, Maine. This program is designed for the experienced marine gasoline technician and is intended to supplement factory-sponsored engine-specific courses and certifications with an industry-recognized generic certification of knowledge for troubleshooting and engine and drive installations.
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Online attendee and housing registration are open for Composites 2011, set for Feb. 2-4 in Fort Lauderdale.
This year's show will offer a full range of business, professional and educational opportunities, with a continued emphasis on emerging markets, new technologies, environmental issues and equipment efficiencies, organizers say.
The exhibit hall will feature specialized pavilion areas, demonstrations/presentations on the main stage and in exhibit booths, networking receptions for specialized industry areas and an awards luncheon.