Boating Industry Canada October 2015 - (Page 14)
BY ANDY ADAMS
I have just returned from what was again a really exciting and
productive visit to the IBEX Show in Louisville, Kentucky
held on September 15, 16 and 17, 2015. The biggest excitement for me this year was that there was a record number of
entries into the Innovation Awards competition and that
reflects the really upbeat and positive momentum that the
industry has going now.
New products are a big driver of show attendance and
new boat sales too, but our Canadian readers will be able to
get their hands on these great new products through our
Canadian marine distributor dealer shows that are taking
place across Canada.
Have a look at our Innovation Awards coverage in this article and online too. That will give you a preview of some of the
exciting things that you will be seeing at the distributors shows
and events this fall.
I think it's unfortunate that I don't see more of our Canadian
boatbuilders and technicians in the IBEX Education Seminars.
They are different from the ones that you'll see at the distributor
shows and there's a lot of really high-end information available.
IBEX is a collaboration between Professional Boatbuilder
magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association,
NMMA. Professional Boatbuilder does a great job of developing the Educational Seminar series. That was one of the important things that I talked about when I sat down with Anne
Dunbar, the IBEX Show Manager.
Anne also commented that the 2015 show was their fifth
show in Louisville Kentucky and she emphasized that there
was a lot more to the show than just the Innovation Awards.
She mentioned that the National Marine Electronics
Manufacturers Association, (NMEA) again put on their
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Connected Boat display where a large number of manufacturers came together to show off their NMEA 0183 and NMEA
2000 products and to demonstrate how these important protocols help all the electronics components to work together to
benefit the boat owner.
Another feature Anne spoke of was the Future Materials display
put on through Composite World magazine and showing off
important materials suitable for the marine industry that so far,
are only being used in the aerospace or automobile industries.
Another fascinating demonstration area display area this year
was in 3-D printing where displays by Cincinnati Inc., and
Stratsys showed both large parts and smaller components. These
technologies have the ability to change our industry in very dramatic ways and it was well worth attending IBEX just to see
what's possible with these new manufacturing technologies.
On the other hand, Anne Dunbar was quick to emphasize
that the show absolutely covers every product area you can
think of from marine electronics to components like windshields and wakeboard towers, everything to do with resins,
cores, composites materials, tools and techniques.
As you would expect, all of the engine companies were
there with big displays and entries into the Innovation Awards
Anne Dunbar pointed out that everyone is innovating these
days and boats are evolving fast. That's why the educational
seminar series is so valuable. Many of the sessions are very high
technology to provide boatbuilders and manufacturers the
opportunity to learn about beneficial new materials in the
composites world, EPA-mandated emissions controls, the new
on-board fuel systems and far more.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Boating Industry Canada October 2015
PRODUCT FOCUS – IBEX SHOW 2015: IBEX 2015 was a treasure trove of new products and Boating Industry Canada brings you the show coverage plus a number of video interviews. – by Andy Adams
IMPACT - MARK BRUCKMANN: A long overdue profile on Bruckmann Yachts, at the heart of Canadian boatbuilding since the dawn of fiberglass. – by Andy Adams
MADE IN CANADA – MARSKEEL: For Mars Metal of Burlington Ontario, it’s what’s on the bottom that counts and their MarsKeel diviosion has established itself as a global leader in lead ballast keels – by Glen Cairns
MADE IN CANADA – VOYAGER: Voyager Self Steering Inc. was founded by Peter Teitz, a Canadian sailor and retired machinist/patternmaker living in Kitchener, Ontario. – by Glen Cairns
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