RAI Amsterdam buys 50% stake in IBEX

04 Oct 2016

RAI Amsterdam, which owns and operates Metstrade, has bought a 50% stake in IBEX from Professional Boatbuilder magazine.

RAI Amsterdam will partner with the National Marine Manufacturers Association to produce future IBEX events.

Both shows will continue to maintain their individual focus and identity.

“Working alongside Professional BoatBuilder we have made IBEX the best marine trade event in North America. Through our new partnership with the RAI, we will build on that foundation to create the best marine trade event in the world,” said Thom Dammrich, president of NMMA. “The RAI brings a wealth of event experience that will allow us to further our international efforts as we continue helping our members grow their business around the globe.”

Jim Miller, publisher and general manager, Professional BoatBuilder magazine, added: “We’ve had a longstanding respect for the RAI, and we’re confident they’ll sustain the level of excellence we’ve achieved for the show since 1991.”

The shows will now be more collaborative with the intention of fostering international growth in exhibits and sponsorships from companies looking to reach the North American boatbuilding industry.    

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