Gazing into the crystal ball

Author:
Updated:
Original:

October will be a busy month for the marine industry, as business leaders gear up for two major events that traditionally serve as key indicators for the coming year.

Hopes are high that the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be a turning point for an industry that is weathering the worst slowdown in many years. Some exhibitors are very optimistic, to the point that they’re trying to book more exhibit space. Others seem more cautious and say they’ll be happy with the same attendance as last year.

The other major event coming up is the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. As the U.S. marine industry’s largest trade show and the premier event for manufacturers introduce new products, IBEX will also help set the mood for the coming year. A key component of IBEX is the educational programs, so it seems fitting that this year’s event will include the Marine Industry Training and Education Council’s Conference on Marine Industry Technical Training.

As MITEC chairman Steven Kitchin says, work-force development is critical in a slow economy. With all the layoffs over the past year, marine companies may not have trouble finding skilled workers now, but that likely will change once the economy improves. And it will improve. Kitchin is right when he says marine businesses should take steps now to ensure they have enough highly trained workers for the future.

Look for stories on both IBEX and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in the October issue of Soundings Trade Only.

Related

A Collective Voice Against Tariffs

Organizations in the E.U. and U.S. have issued a statement ahead of next week’s Brussels Summit urging for the termination of retaliatory tariffs.

ABYC Free Webinar Series Returns

The association’s online learning events will continue with “Fuel System Troubleshooting” on June 17.

Getting to Know the Newbies

At last week’s Partners Outdoors symposium, RBFF’s Stephanie Vatalaro shared information that can help the marine industry get to know its new audiences.

Switching to Compostable Bags

Foul-weather gear maker Grundéns will start using eco-packaging that you can cut up and use in the garden.

Brunswick Corp. CEO to Headline Innovation Summit

David Foulkes will speak on implementation at the Sept. 9 summit, organized by Correct Craft.

Navico Hires Americas PR Manager

Navico brings its public-relations duties in-house with the hiring of Kim Rodriquez.

Galeon Expands Dealer Network

The builder looks to British Columbia-based dealer Freedom Marine to grow the brand in western Canada.

No Inventory? Now Is Not The Time to Stop Marketing

The MRAA’s Webinar “Marketing When You Have No Inventory” covered how dealers can build long-term equity with new and returning customers as demand outpaces supply.