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SPECIAL BRANDEDCONTENT SECTION America’s Largest Technical Recreational Marine Tradeshow Continues to Grow The International BoatBuilders’ Exhi-bition & Conference (IBEX) returns to the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla., this fall with more products, more exhibitors, and more technology. IBEX is the largest technical recreational marine tradeshow in North Amer-ica, and every year it introduces technology and brings together a broad spectrum of trade professionals, including boat builders, naval architects and designers, boatyard/ marina operators, repairers, surveyors, engi-neers, and technicians. More than 7,000 industry professionals from 50 countries will travel to IBEX 2016, which takes place October 4–6, and is open only to trade professionals. IBEX is produced and organized by the National Marine Manu-facturers’ Association (NMMA) and Profes-sional BoatBuilder magazine. companies and see new products.” With this expansion, IBEX 2016 will feature more than 550 exhibiting companies. panded exhibit halls, which are sold out with a growing waiting list in place. NMMA President Thom Dammrich reports: “IBEX is growing and gaining momentum reflecting positive trends for the recreational boating industry. If you are doing business in the marine industry, IBEX has something to offer you; from innovative new products to outstanding education to unparalleled indus-try networking.” tems, Onboard Systems s"OATYARD-ARINA/PERATIONS s0RO"OAT%DITORS0ICKS&#0c;HANDSELECTEDBY the editors of Professional BoatBuilder . A premier, “one-stop-shop” technical educational and professional development program for boat manufacturers, naval ar-chitects, boat repairers, marine management professionals, and marine surveyors, this year’s IBEX provides 57 basic to advanced seminars, presented by some of the world’s foremost experts in the marine industry. Expert technicians and presenters at IBEX are encouraged to share openly what they’ve learned and what they know. Attendees walk away from these seminars knowing how to work smarter, with a better understanding of trends in the industry, a working knowledge of current techniques and tools, and the abil-ity to produce stronger results on an everyday basis. Because IBEX is at the Tampa Conven-tion Center, located at the mouth of the Hills-borough River directly off Tampa Bay, some dockside courses will be available. Small Marine industry trends New powerboat sales are on a multi-year rise with pre-recession levels on the horizon in several boat segments. The NMMA estimates new powerboat unit sales will be up about 8 percent in 2015 when the industry tallies its final figures. They anticipate the industry will continue its growth spurt with an increase in new powerboat sales of 6-8 percent in 2016. The powerboat category is comprised of outboard boats, wake sport boats, inboard cruisers, sterndrive boats and jet boats, as well as personal watercraft, which includes such brands as Sea-Doo, WaveRunner and Jet Ski. Most powerboat categories experienced year-over-year growth through the third quar-ter of 2015, including: jet boats, up 22.3 percent; wake sport boats, up 10.6 percent; deck boats, up 10.3 percent; personal wa-tercraft, up 14.3 percent; pontoon boats, up 8 percent, and bass boats, up 41.1 percent. Other fiberglass outboard boats (including center console boats, sportfishing boats, and flats boats) were up 5.8 percent, and other aluminum outboard boats (including all-pur-pose fishing boats and jon boats) were up 6.3 percent. These trends are good news for IBEX, es-pecially as it returns to Florida. Sales revenue is currently up over 2015, thanks to the ex-Fundamental & advanced training Expanded exhibit hall As part of its expansion for 2016, IBEX has added a first-floor exhibit hall, featuring more than 150 new exhibitors – manufacturers and accessory suppliers never before seen at IBEX. “As our industry continues to strengthen, there are new companies with innovative product solutions looking to introduce their services to more marine professionals,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director. “We had so many new exhibit requests this year, it made sense to expand. Our new first floor exhibit hall will be packed, and will be a great oppor-tunity for marine professionals to meet new Training is an important element to IBEX, and the Education Conference offers three programs to provide everything from intro-ductory to in-depth training for all skill sets: The IBEX Seminar Series, Super Sessions, and Tech Talk Workshops. The IBEX Seminar Series caters to ma-rine professionals from around the world by providing technical, timely, and acces-sible 90-minute courses relevant to today’s industry. Organized through a partnership with the NMMA, American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), National Marine Electronics Associa-tion (NMEA), American Boat Builders & Repairers Asso-ciation (ABBRA), and Profes-sional BoatBuilder magazine, IBEX seminars are broken into six discrete educational tracks: s#OMPOSITE-ETHODS Materials s$ESIGN%NGINEERING&#0c; Survey & Repair s-ANUFACTURING-ANAGE -ment Policy s-ARINE%LECTRICAL3YS -IBEX attendees will see products offered by more than 550 exhibitors. IBEX WHERE BETTER BOATS BEGIN VIEW PRODUCTS ON A WHOLE NEW LEVEL Come explore the NEW 1st Floor Exhibit Hall, showcasing new products to the industry September 2016 NEW EXHIBITORS | NEW PRODUCTS AND ACCESSORIES | NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES OCTOBER 4–6, 2016 | TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER | TAMPA, FL USA 40


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