The International Boat Builders’ Exhibition (IBEX) 2017 took place over September 19-21 at the Tampa Convention Centre, Florida. Dedicated to advancing the business of boating, IBEX is a highly focused marine technology trade show where industry experts from all around the world can do business, share ideas and accelerate new product development. Being the largest technical marine event in North America, it’s an exciting event for all professionals in the marine industry.
FUSION’s presence at IBEX 2017 stood out with a fantastic trade stand and brand presence around the venue. The FUSION booth was packed for all 3 days showcasing the marine industry standard for audio integration, Fusion-Link. FUSION’s award-winning range of entertainment systems and Signature Series speakers, including the new 8.8”, were cranked up for demonstrations, raising eyebrows and putting smiles on many faces.
Despite the disruption of hurricane Irma, attendance at IBEX was strong with a 4% increase over 2016 at the sold-out show. With METSTRADE now in charge, the focus has been on bolstering international exhibitors and establishing IBEX as a must-attend event on the International Boat Show calendar. This has been a success with nearly 6,500 marine industry professionals from more than 50 countries attending, including twice the number of countries represented in comparison to the previous year. More than 600 companies filled 123,435 square feet of exhibition area with an additional 24 boats on display in the water.
A good measure of a successful show is the number of boat builders and distributors present to soak up the latest and greatest information and innovation from marine suppliers. Strong growth in the number of audio entertainment companies exhibiting indicates the importance both customers and boat builders are putting on this aspect of boat building, and FUSION is proud to be setting the standard in innovative entertainment solutions for boats of all sizes.
IBEX 2017’s Innovation Award was hotly contested by a wide range of fantastic new products. The IBEX Innovation Award honours achievement in product development, with tight competition in each category making it a very interesting show especially for the judges! The trend for product innovation this year appeared to be design for easier user interface, showcasing many exciting and very helpful new products. This year’s dual winners for the electronics category were Lumitec with their Power Line Instruction (PLI) Technology and JL Marine Systems with their Power-Pole VISION, two very exciting developments in boating technology.
Lumitec’s PLI Technology stood out especially for Editor of Panbo, Ben Ellison, as “while all light fixtures are only connected to the same simple two-wire 12V power circuit with each can be dimmed, strobed, colour-changed and more, individually or as virtual groups… the boats of the future may be emerging from the fog.”
FUSION attracted the attention of many boat builders keen to know what’s next and hiding inside their mysterious “top secret” suitcase – but they’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for next year!
FUSION thoroughly enjoyed this event and is looking forward to returning to next year’s IBEX show in Tampa on October 2-4, 2018.