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SPECIAL BRANDEDCONTENT SECTION IBEX 2016: An Expanding Technical Trade Event Offering Even More Networking The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) returns to Florida this fall and brings more products, more exhibi-tors, and more networking opportunities. IBEX is the largest technical marine tradeshow in North America, and every year it introduces technology and brings together trade profes-sionals such as boatbuilders, naval architects and designers, boatyard/marina operators, repairers, surveyors, engineers, and techni-cians. More than 7,000 industry professionals from 50 countries travel to the show. This year, IBEX takes place on October 4–6, 2016, in Tampa, Fla., and is open only to trade professionals. IBEX is produced and organized by the National Marine Manufac-turers Association (NMMA) and Professional BoatBuilder magazine. With this expansion, IBEX 2016 will feature over 550 exhibiting companies. 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.” pany leaders who have excelled in innovation will receive annual IBEX Innovation Awards. Opening Night Party Tuesday evening is the Opening Night Party at the IBEX Sail Pavilion, located on the patio of the Tampa Convention Center. Drink specials, live music, and a food truck rally of-fering a variety of delicious food options are the perfect way to unwind after a busy show day and spend quality downtime with marine industry colleagues. Marine industry trends New powerboat sales are on a multi-year rise with pre-recession levels on the horizon in several boat segments as early as 2016. The NMMA estimates new powerboat unit sales will be up as much as 8 percent in 2015 when the industry tallies its final figures. The asso-ciation anticipates that the industry will con-tinue its growth spurt with an increase in new powerboat sales of 6 to 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 including 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 per-cent; wake sport boats, up 10.6 percent; deck boats, up 10.3 percent; personal watercraft, up 14.3 percent; pontoon boats, up 8 percent, and bass boats, up 41.1 percent. Other fiber-glass outboard boats (including center con-sole boats, sportfishing boats, and flats boats) were up 5.8 percent, and other aluminum outboard boats (including all-purpose fishing boats and jon boats) were up 6.3 percent. These trends are good news for IBEX, espe-cially as it returns to a Florida location. Sales revenue is currently up over 2015, thanks to the expanded exhibit halls which are sold out with a growing waiting list in place. Connect with the marine industry One of the most important reasons to at-tend IBEX is the numerous opportunities it presents to meet with other marine profes-sionals and build business relations. IBEX is packed with daytime events and after-hour options. Meet potential new business part-ners or catch up on the latest developments with long-time industry peers. Composite Tech Talks On Tuesday evening from 5-6 pm, there will be a series of Composite Tech Talks at the Future Materials Display within the Com-posite Pavilion on the show floor. Speakers will share their knowledge and take time to answer questions from attendees about cutting-edge materials and processes for new opportunities in marine composites. The event is sponsored by Composites One and Magnum Venus Products. Bucs vs. Broncos football game For attendees coming into town on Sun-day afternoon, October 2nd, join IBEX at the Bucs vs. Broncos NFL Football game at 4:00 pm and receive special savings. Tickets can be ordered online by visiting www.ibexshow. com/events. Suite rentals are also available. Expanded exhibit hall As part of its expansion for 2016, IBEX has added a first floor exhibit hall featuring more than 150 new exhibitors—manufactur-ers 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 companies and see new products.” Coffee and Compliance On Wednesday, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) will host the annual “Coffee and Compliance” networking session. At-tendees can meet with experts in marine cer-tification and standards for informal network-ing to discuss current trends and compliance issues affecting the industry. Exhibitors are invited from 9-11:00 am; all attendees are welcome from 10-11:00 am. IBEX Industry Breakfast The IBEX Industry Breakfast continues to grow every year with hundreds of marine professionals attending. This year’s event, expected to exceed last year’s attendance, is being moved to the Marriott Hotel, next door to the Tampa Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Kevin Harrington, original shark on ABC’s Shark Tank. Harrington has been involved with over 500 product launches that resulted in sales of over $4 billion world-wide. In addition, the NMMA will present the current State of the Marine Industry, and com-Marine Dealer Tech Tour A new feature to the show is the Haimes Coleman Group Marine Dealer Tech Tour. On Wednesday and Thursday, hundreds of 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 tradeonlytoday.com October 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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