IBEX to host 14 Australian companies

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA – Australian marine companies will display their boat building tools and materials for the first time at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference Oct. 25-27 in Miami Beach, Fla., according to an IBEX press release today.

The Australian International Marine Export Group, an association made up of 100 Australian marine companies, is organizing an Australian Pavilion to be part of the IBEX 2004 expanded International Pavilion. Representatives of the companies exhibiting as part of the pavilion will be introducing some of the technologies currently under development for boat builders in Australia.

The visiting Australian boat building supply companies include Cape Marine environmentally sustainable mooring designs, Maxco Industries stainless steel cookers, Coursemaster-Hydrive hydraulic steering systems, MOBilarm Ltd. man-over-board system, Muir Windlasses, Austral Propellers and Seahawk Propellers.

“Australian marine products and services are rapidly becoming more recognized in the international market for their quality and ingenuity,” said Phil Vidal of AIMEX. “You can expect to see bigger Australian Pavilions [at IBEX] in the years to come.”

In addition to exhibiting companies, Australia will be represented by attendees at IBEX as well. The Economic Development Branch of Gold Coast City Council in Queensland, Australia, is bringing six to 10 marine professionals as a trade delegation. The group will include two boat builders/refitters, a naval architect, a pontoon manufacturer, a marina operator, a super-yacht technology specialist, a game-fishing equipment manufacturer, a composite-panels manufacturer and a jet-outboard-propulsion distributor.

“The increase in amount of the IBEX international participation was expected,” said IBEX show co-director Jennifer Thompson. “Boat building is a global industry, and international manufacturers recognize that IBEX is where they have to be to ensure exposure to the boatbuilding industry.”

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