Tampa to Host 2018 IBEX Trade Show Oct. 2-4

Tampa to Host 2018 IBEX Trade Show Oct. 2-4

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference—best known as IBEX—will be coming to Tampa, FL, Oct. 2-4.

The largest marine industry trade event in North America, IBEX is widely considered to be the three most valuable days of the year for marine professionals. Those who are involved in boatbuilding, design, repair, maintenance, or are engaged in other marine-industry professions, is the key trade show to attend. The show is not open to the general public.

This year’s exhibitors include numerous OEM suppliers for speedboats, including Livorsi Marine,  JL Audio Inc., Ilmor Marine Engines,  Hardin MarineBob’s Machine Shop, Mercury Marine,  SeaDek Marine Products,  Custom Marine Inc.Garmin USA and Lenco Marine. Also exhibiting at the show are aftermarket marine manufacturers like AO Coolers and Boat Bling.

Earlier this year, IBEX confirmed that Tampa’s Convention Center would be serving as home to the trade show for the next three years. The show will take place Oct. 1-3, 2019, and Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2020, respectively.

“Tampa has proven to be an ideal location for IBEX since we relocated there in 2014 and I am very pleased to share our future dates through 2020,” says IBEX Show Director Anne Dunbar. “The waterfront location and easy access to the dock space at the Tampa Convention Center combined with the walkability to restaurants and hotels make Tampa a perfect convention city for the marine industry.”

One of the biggest draws of IBEX is the annual Innovation Awards, which are announced and given out during the show. Managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), the Innovation Awards are presented during the annual Industry Breakfast. This year’s breakfast will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Waterside Marriott Hotel. Each of the eight BWI judges comes to IBEX with demonstrated backgrounds in technical boating products. New products submitted to the IBEX Innovation Awards will be displayed along Innovation Way, aisle 2200, inside the exhibit hall at the Tampa Convention Center throughout the show.

Honoring achievement in product development in 16 areas of the marine industry, the Innovation Awards categories include:

• Boat Care and Maintenance

• Boatbuilding Methods & Materials

• Boatyard and Marina Hardware and Software

• Covering

• Deck Equipment and Hardware

• Electrical Systems

• Entertainment

• Furnishings and Interior Parts

• Inboard Engines

• Lighting

• Mechanical Systems

• OEM Electronics

• Outboard Engines

• Propulsion Parts, Propellers

• Safety Equipment

• Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories

If you build, design, service, or sell boats or marine products, IBEX is your must-attend marine industry event. North America’s leading technical boat-building showcase, IBEX delivers a unique forum where the marine industry can do business, share ideas, and accelerate new product development. It’s an opportunity to do business with the entire marine industry.

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