The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has signed a deal with the co-owners of IBEX, the International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference in the US, to raise the international standing of the show by encouraging ICOMIA members to participate as exhibitors, speakers or visitors.

IBEX, which is co-owned by the NMMA and RAI Amsterdam, is the leading trade show for marine professionals in North America. It acts as a showcase for boatbuilding and a forum where the marine industry can do business, share ideas, and accelerate product development.

Representatives from IBEX and ICOMIA signed the agreement at the recent ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

“The ICOMIA-IBEX agreement brings many advantages, not least of which being that is opens up the possibility for MIAs from across the world to exhibit, giving smaller companies the opportunity to enter the US market,” says Jouko Huju, ICOMIA president.

ICOMIA’s involvement in IBEX will allow recognition of IBEX as an international event. The agreement will also encourage a more international audience and range of speakers and exhibitors.

Irene Dros, maritime director at METSTRADE, says: “The longstanding partnership between ICOMIA and METSTRADE, which came into existence in 1991, has helped METSTRADE to become the global trade show it is now. It’s great news that ICOMIA and IBEX are joining forces and I’m sure that ICOMIA will strengthen IBEX’s presence in the global leisure marine industry only further.”

Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director, adds: “IBEX is honoured to welcome ICOMIA as a new global partner. Working together with ICOMIA and aligned with our partner owners, RAI Amsterdam (owner of METSTRADE) & NMMA, IBEX will support the expanding global marine industry and combine our efforts to ensure the continued success of the boating industry and the public's ability to enjoy boating at all levels in a clean environment."

IBEX 2018 will be held from October 2-4 in The Tampa Convention Centre in Tampa, Florida.