(TAMPA, Fla.) — The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced Thursday that registration is now open for the 30th anniversary of the event, to be held Sept. 28-30 in the Tampa Convention Center. North America’s largest trade event for recreational marine industry professionals, IBEX is owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and RAI Amsterdam.
More than 570 exhibitors have already confirmed for this year’s IBEX, including 48 new exhibiting companies. Limited exhibit space is still available and expected to sell out in the coming weeks. The IBEX docks are sold out, with 29 boats scheduled to be on display. Outdoor exhibits will encompass the largest space in the show’s history, with nine outdoor exhibits planned. An IBEX first, two exhibitors decided to make their outdoor presence their main location – instead of a complement to their inside booth on the show floor. To date, 19 international companies reserved booth space, representing 13 nations including Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
As the trade event in the recreational marine industry, IBEX offers its visitors three exhibit halls, outdoor displays and demos on the IBEX docks. It also offers training and education from industry experts and associations. The Education Conference is a key component of the event and includes a full pre-conference session schedule, held Sept. 26 and 27; free Tech Talk workshops, hosted by exhibiting companies; the Seminar Series, offering over 40 new and engaging seminars, including “Decarbonization and Safety Enhancements in the Design and Manufacturing Process,” “Design for Efficient Production Manufacturing,” and “Lithium Batteries: Guidelines for the Future.” For information about the IBEX Education Conference, visit www.ibexshow.com/education.
IBEX’s first and second floor exhibit halls will open at 9 a.m. each day, an hour earlier than the third floor, and will showcase products and services from companies new to the show and industry. The third floor will feature specialty pavilions including the Composites Pavilion; the Compliance, Standards, and Education Pavilion; and the NMEA Connected Electronics Pavilion. The Marina & Yard Pavilion will be located on the first floor.
– International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference