13 innovative products honored at IBEX

September 2010 News
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Thirteen marine manufacturers were honored earlier today for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International at the 2010 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference Innovation Awards in Louisville. 

Winning companies received their 2010 IBEX Innovation Awards during the annual IBEX Industry Breakfast at the Kentucky Exposition Center. 

The Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize those products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt. A total of 67 new products were entered in this year's IBEX Innovation Awards program. 

"The winners recognized at IBEX today are a testament to the ongoing commitment to boating advancements and ingenuity necessary to the future of boating," NMMA President Thom Dammrich said in a release. "It's encouraging to see companies focus their efforts on creative solutions to help their customers and further the industry, and I'm excited to see how these products adapt in the market." 

"Judges found a solid mix of affordable maintenance products for boaters and game-changing technology in two propulsion applications," stated Alan Wendt, IBEX Innovation Awards committee chair and editor of Marine CEO. "With the move to Louisville and the combination of IBEX and MAATS, we were expecting to see a lot of impressive entries for the 2010 Innovation Awards. This year's participation exceeded our expectations with nearly twice the amount of entries than last year - a great sign for the future of boating innovation." 

Read more at http://www.boating-industry.com/output.cfm?id=2645947
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