Sika Marine among IBEX Innovation Award 2021 winners for Adekit A236

Francis Boyle, Director Tooling, Resins & Marine (left), Brent Schubring,  Marine OEM Sales (right)

Francis Boyle, Director Tooling, Resins & Marine (left), Brent Schubring,  Marine OEM Sales (right)

Announced on Tuesday, September 28th at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in Tampa, FL were the winners of the IBEX Innovation Awards. Anchoring the show’s 30th anniversary, the awards program is managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI). In total, 11 Innovation Award winners and three honorable mentions were chosen by the show’s judges, among dozens of entries submitted by companies supplying the marine industry.

Awards were presented during the annual Industry Breakfast and Keynote, held at the nearby JW Marriott on Water Street, walking distance from the Tampa Convention Center. Sika’s official winning entry and category are as follows: 

Boatbuilding Methods and Materials:
Sika Corporation, Adekit A236

Judge Bill Gius' comment on the award winning material: "A great low temperature curing, high-strength, two-part adhesive that can be used in volume without discoloring gelcoat."

"This year’s Innovation Awards program saw an incredible collection of entries," said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director." The judges from [BWI] had their work cut out for them to select winners to join the ranks of hundreds of marine manufacturers who have been recognized through the history of the program and receive the beautiful crystal awards. These trophies are proudly displayed by those who have brought new, innovative products to market and is a mark of distinction recognized across the industry. We would like to thank all those who entered and congratulate those who have won.”

IBEX is scheduled to return to the Tampa Convention Center, with next year’s show dates set for September 27-29, 2022.  For more information, visit www.ibexshow.com.

Click here to see the complete list of 2021 IBEX Innovation Awards Winners



Adekit A236 - Structural Polyurethane Adhesive for Marine Applications


  • Outstanding non-sagging properties, can be applied in high thickness
  • Thixotropic system
  • High mechanical performances
  • High elongation at break with elastic properties
  • Acoustic comfort
  • Gap compensation up to 50 mm
  • Allows assembly of large size parts
  • Excellent adhesion on composites
  • Good compromise between comfort of use (long open time) and a fast initial curing time (handling time)


  • Easy smoothing: time saving
  • Limited surface treatment: cost saving
  • High elasticity areas accept impact and high stress
  • Higher performance than composite:  no need for restratification
  • Reliable product
  • 2 cure speeds to offer high production rate for each boat size
  • Non-sagging: absorbs high gap between parts