The 2012 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) kicked off this morning with the presentation of the 2012 Innovation Awards at the annual Industry Breakfast.
IBEX Innovation Awards are described as the industry's highest honour for innovative and technological achievement, recognizing advancements in OEM and aftermarket equipment that meet four key criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently manufactured; benefit to the marine industry or consumer; practicality; and cost-effectiveness.
Winners, by category, include:
Boat Care Maintenance: Dolphinite GelMatch Gelcoat Color Matching System
Electrical Systems: Indel Webasto Marine Isotherm Smart Energy Controller Kit
Engines: Volvo V8-380 Engine Sterndrive
Honorable Mention: Suzuki DF20A/DF15A
Furnishings and Interior Parts: Syntec Industries – CoolTouch Vinyl Technology
Honorable Mention: Caframo Limited Taku Hatch Fan
Mechanical Systems: Teleflex Marine Xtreme Mechanical System
Honorable Mention: Dometic Marine
OEM Electronics: Teleflex Marine Optimus EPS/360 Joystick Docking System
Propulsion Parts, Propellers: PowerTech Safety Prop
"IBEX is where the future of boating begins,' said Show Director Anne Dunbar. "It's where companies introduce their new products and technologies that will improve boatbuilding and enhance the boating experience for consumers in the years to come.'