Thousands of marine industry members will arrive at the upcoming International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) set to take place from September 15 to 17 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
The three-day trade show is expected to feature more than 550 exhibiting companies, including 110 first-time exhibitors who will be showcasing thousands of new products, advanced processes and innovative solutions.
"This year's gathering of thousands of industry professionals is sure to be the must attend event of the year to source the most advanced products and trends in the boatbuilding industry,' says Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. "We are excited to host this leading industry event in Louisville and offer several new and innovative special features, networking events, interactive show floor displays, and pre-show Super Sessions. We will also be offering over 55 technical seminars, free Exhibitor Workshops, and the Innovation Awards.'
Highlights for IBEX include:
Super Sessions – IBEX sessions will start on Monday, September 14 with seven Super Sessions, produced and presented by exhibitors including ABBRA, Composites One, Gemeco, NMEA, SNAME, SureShade and West Systems, Inc. The three- to eight-hour workshops will review in-depth, hands-on technical topics prominent in the marine industry.
The Seminar Series – IBEX is offering 55 seminars to choose from in eight tracks: Composite Methods and Materials; Design and Engineering; Survey and Repair; Marine Electrical Systems; Manufacturing Management and Policy; Onboard Systems; ProBoat Editors' Picks; and Boatyard and Marina Operations.
Industry Breakfast and Innovation Awards – This segment will feature Hall of Fame Baseball Catcher Johnny Bench who will present the keynote speech. Thom Dammrich, NMMA President, will deliver the State of the Industry address followed by an awards presentation including, The IBEX Innovation Awards, the NMMA Hall of Fame Award, the Boat US Life Jack Design competition winner, Boating Industry Mover and Shaker of the Year, the Mel Barr Award, the NMMA CSI Awards and a special presentation to the Silver Exhibitors who have exhibited in all 25 IBEX Shows.
• Composite Challenge and Cocktail Competition attendees will award the best cocktail in the Composites Pavilion on Tuesday, September 15 at 5 p.m.
• Opening Night Party on Fourth St. Live. Enjoy entertainment, live music and food with marine industry professionals in downtown Louisville's premier entertainment district. The party will be taking place Tuesday, September 15th, after the exhibit hall closes at 6 pm.
• Bourbon and Brew Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 16 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall. This networking event will feature some of Kentucky's local distilleries including Four Roses, Maker's Mark, Angel's Envy and Alltech as well as breweries including ATG, Goodwood, Blue Stallion and Gordon Beirsch.
• Rock the Yacht Pre-Party and Concert – The IBEX 25th show celebration continues with a pre-party and live concert on Wednesday, September 16 at 6 p.m. Enjoy an evening of live music from bands including Little River Band and Ambrosia. There will also be food and drinks. The pre-party begins at 6 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center with the concert to follow.
Interactive Exhibit Hall – Innovation Way, in aisle 700, will feature all 90 of the 2015 Innovation Award participant's products, showcasing the latest in marine industry product development and technology.
Connected Boat Interactive Display – This interactive display will offer demonstrations on how systems like analog sensors, CAN bus, RS232, NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wireless 802.1 b/g/n/, WiFi, cellular, satellite, and global Internet work together providing operators access on board and from shore.
Future Materials Display – This is a new hands-on exhibit curated by editors from Professional BoatBuilder and CompositesWorld magazines where attendees will find a collection of new materials, processes, and technologies from marine, aerospace, and automotive industries, plus some applied academic research and development.
IBEX 3D Digital Workshop – Cincinnati Incorporated, will showcase samples of large 3D parts including a kayak, and offer information on the many new manufacturing processes now applicable to the marine industry. And Stratasys will being doing live demos using 3D printers, materials and digital part services that enable designers, manufacturers, educators and entrepreneurs to produce concept models, prototypes and finished parts.
Makermobile Trailer – Velocity Indiana and San Francisco-based TechShop will showcase a variety of maker tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, a vinyl cutter, a CNC machine, laptop workstations and electronics kits on a 32-foot trailer in the outdoor demo area directly in front of the main entrance at Hall B.
Exhibitor Workshop Theater – In addition to the hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their latest products, there will be 19 free exhibitor workshops live on the show floor. IBEX exhibitors will present new products and processes, offering the latest information on cost-saving techniques, new technologies and tools to improve boating industry business.
IBEX Mobile App – IBEX offers a smartphone app designed to make it easier to navigate around the show's exhibit halls. It also offers complete show information, including access to the list of exhibitors, booth numbers, a searchable exhibit floor, live links to all social media, a list of events and seminar information.