IBEX Now Accepting Innovation Award Entries

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced that entries are being accepted for the 2011 International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards scheduled for October 17 to 19 in Louisville, KY at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The awards recognize innovative new marine equipment and processes in the OEM and aftermarket sector. Boating Writers International (BWI) judge the IBEX Innovation Awards. The NMMA and BWI will recognize up to 13 new products, plus one Environmental Award this year.

Exhibiting companies may submit products for consideration in the following categories:
• Boatbuilding Methods & Materials (techniques and equipment for building boats)
• Deck Equipment and Hardware (rigging, rope, docking and anchoring equipment, boat covers, canvas work, mooring gear, steering mechanisms and wheels, exterior and underwater lighting, etc.)
• Furnishings & Interior Parts (appliances, furniture, lighting, textiles, interior systems, galley)
• Mechanical Systems (air conditioning, heating, plumbing, ventilation, pumps, tanks and fuel systems, etc.)
• Electrical Systems (AC/DC onboard and shore power systems, batteries, control apparatus, battery management tools, etc.)
• Inboard Engines (sterndrives, jet drives, diesel and gas inboard engines, struts and shafts, inboard engine equipment)
• Outboard Engines (outboard engines and electrical systems, trolling motors and props for outboards)
• Boatyard Hardware (yard installed boat lifts, cranes, docks, marina equipment and software -management programs, inventory and job flow software, etc.)
• Propulsion Parts, Propellers (engine equipment and gauges, trim tabs, engine maintenance)
• Boat Care and Maintenance (coatings, chemicals, paints, finishes, additives, oils and tools)
• OEM Electronics (entertainment, navigational, onboard systems, instrumentation, sonar, software, etc.)
• Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories
• Safety Equipment

The submission deadline for Innovation Award entries is September 20. To enter a product or for more information click here