What they’re saying about IBEX

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“Interlux has attended IBEX since the beginning. IBEX brings together the best manufacturers, distributors, boatyards and builders in the industry, and is a great venue to launch new products. We look forward to attending the show each year.”

— Bob Donat, vice president of marketing, Interlux

“In our fifth year exhibiting, we’ll be showing a CNC router under power in a 20-by-40-foot booth. In a soft market, that demonstrates our confidence in IBEX. We expect it to pay dividends. We have gotten fresh, qualified leads every year. As a machine builder, fellow exhibitors in marine fabrication are great prospects as well. Exhibitor workshops are a valuable and sometimes overlooked resource at IBEX. We’re conducting one this year with GE Fanuc on advancements in CNC controls. It’s a great way for attendees to take best practices back to their companies. Unlike some of the horizontal shows, IBEX’s marine focus makes it more cost-effective and easier for each exhibitor to reach its audience.”

— T. R. Herzog, director of sales, board of directors, Accu-Router

“Pettit Marine Paint has been an exhibitor at IBEX from the very first year. We feel this show is unique, as it brings together the trade and OEM segments of the marine business in one event. The quality of attendee is very high, and the exposure is well worth the investment. This year, Pettit is excited to introduce several new products under the umbrella of ‘Go Clear into the Future.’ This new campaign highlights products which have a smaller footprint on the environment and still provide excellent performance. Vivid ECO, Ultima Fusion, Ultima SSA and Hydrocoat are some of the products which will be highlighted at IBEX.”

— John W. Ludgate, general manager, Kop-Coat Marine Group

“This will be our third year at IBEX. We launched our U.S. operation at IBEX in 2006, and Torqeedo was awarded the Innovation Award. This was a great way to get started in building our brand in North America. We feel this to be a very important show even in a down market, because it allows us to introduce new products to the boatbuilders and continue to build on our momentum. This year we will be showcasing our new 9.9-hp/48v Cruise 4.0 motor and our new Ultralight Kayak motor. Both these motors address a growing segment in the marine industry, one reaching the green and restricted lake market and one reaching the fishing kayak market.”

— Steve Trkla, president and general manager, Torqeedo

“Ashland has been exhibiting at IBEX for many years. From new parts and accessories to materials and techniques, IBEX is the one show we attend to see everything and everyone shaping the future of the marine industry.”

— Mike Wallenhorst, global marine market manager,
Ashland Composite Polymers

“This is our third IBEX show, and despite the softening market, we expect it to be as successful as in prior years. We always try to introduce something new and innovative, and this year will be no exception with the launch of our new patented ‘Intelligent Anode’ system for heat exchanger systems. We are targeting the boatbuilders and engine manufacturers with this product, and where better to do it?”

— Martin Wigg, president, Performance Metals

“U-Line is looking forward to our seventh year at IBEX. We’ve come a long way since our booth on the third floor exhibit hall in Fort Lauderdale. We are excited to be introducing a new line of all-stainless icemaker models at the show this year. We consider IBEX the strategic show for getting product information to the key contacts at our OEM customers. No other single show gives us an audience of key buying influences that IBEX does.”

— Brad Williams, sales manager/specialty divisions, U-Line Corp.

This article originally appeared in the October 2008 issue.

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