According to organizers of this year's International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), 4,700 qualified attendees visited the event this year – similar to the number of attendees in 2013. Held this week at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, next year the event moves back to Tampa Bay, Florida.
IBEX annually attracts boat builders and other industry professionals from around the world, representing 42 countries. This year's show highlighted marine technology developments from 545 exhibiting companies, of which 110 were new to IBEX.
"The focus of IBEX is to build better boats, and the quality of attendees who joined us from pontoon boat to luxury sportfish yacht manufacturersâ€¦found the best new products and innovation to help them achieve that goal,' said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. "The dozens of special events and networking receptions, including the in-depth technical seminars and workshops, were well attended and everyone who came to learn, connect, and do business left satisfied.'
Several exhibitors and attendees shared their experience from the event.
"We understand the importance of the OEMs and IBEX has been a great event to meet quality boat builders and understand their excitement and concerns about our products,' says Casey Sellecs, Event Marketing Manager, Yeti Coolers. "During the last two days we have been meeting with many of our customers and potentials customers here in Louisville and are very happy with the turn out.'
"IBEX has been a really good show for us, we have been busy meeting with customers to show our new products from the opening of the show well past the closing,' says Bill Waters, President, SYNTEC Industries. "We implemented an aggressive marketing campaign prior to the event to invite people to come to our booth to see our new products and we have been very successful.'
"We introduced several brand new products including the first SDP Amplifiers for the marine industry and we have had an excellent show meeting with OEMs,' said Brett Triola, Co-Owner, Wet Sounds.
"We exhibit at IBEX with pride,' says Joe Miller, President and owner, William F. Miller. "We are showcasing new products and have the opportunity to meet with our clients in a central location. We always come away from IBEX with a net increase in customers and a deeper relationship with our existing customers.'
"We had an excellent experience at our first IBEX event, which started with us winning the Innovation Award for best Environmental Product,' says John Roberts, Director of Sales, BlueGas Marine. "The Show was a huge opportunity for us to meet with high quality customers and discuss the needs of the industry to be more environmentally conscience.'
"The main reason we attend IBEX is because we are always looking for new products for our company and trying to stay competitive so we can offer our customers the best price, products and quality,' says attendee Andrea Bedford, Coastline, Inc., Mishawaka, Indiana.
"My first experience at IBEX has been great,' says attendee Tim Dyke, Lamination Manager, Adaptive Composites, Vermilion, Ohio. "I've been learning about new products we can put in our boats. We brought several employees to the show so we can get a good idea of what is going on in the future of boating and I believe IBEX is the only place where you can find something like this.'
The 2016 IBEX Show is scheduled to take place at the Tampa Convention Center, October 4 to 6, in Tampa, Florida, USA.
IBEX is owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).