The SEMA Show hosted in Las Vegas every year at the Las Vegas Convention Center produces an annual event to serve as the leading venue that brings manufacturers and buyers in the automotive specialty equipment industry together once a year. Well over 130,000 professionals from more than 130 countries are expected to attend the 2013 SEMA Show to get the first look at the newest products, learn the best business practices and keep up on the latest trends of the $31B industry. Products featured at SEMA highlight those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. About 60% of 2012 attendees said they planned to buy something that was newly introduced at the Show.
Dozens of heroes, celebrities and one-of-a-kind cars will be making appearances at the 2013 SEMA Show. To name a few, master builders Troy Trepanier and Chip Foose, West Coast Custom's Ryan Friedlinghaus, NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Danica Patrick, Vin Diesel's 1969 Dodge Challenger from The Fast and the Furious and the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Audi R18 LMP1. The 2012 SEMA Awards toped the Ford Mustang as the Hottest Car, the Scion FR-S as the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler received the Hottest 4x4 SUV award. "The SEMA Show has always been about innovative products and trends," said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. "The SEMA Award amplifies the industry's special ability to identify and set trends that consumers follow."
The SEMA Award recognizes vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year's coolest products. It also underscores the cooperative relationship between the automakers and SEMA-member companies. "We expect to fill every nook and cranny at the Las Vegas Convention Center this year," said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA VP of events and communications. "We've even contracted for exhibitor space at the LVH (Hotel) next door," MacGillivray says, noting that the association makes every effort to accommodate new exhibitors who typically bring new, innovative products to the industry.
The 2013 SEMA Show features over 2,500 exhibitors that manufacture specialty products available for every make and model, investing more in this year’s award winners. The SEMA Awards is a way to tap into the exhibitors’ unique ability to identify what’s hot just as the trends are gaining momentum. Any new 2013-2014 cars, truck, 4x4s, SUVs and sport-compacts are eligible and trophies are awarded for each category. A big part of the SEMA Show are the Special Events, where industry professionals are able to spend personal, face-to-face time with one another. Gatherings like the Exhibitor Appreciation Party and SEMA Industry Awards Banquet offer unique opportunities to network. New for this year is Cars and Coffee SEMA Edition, where all SEMA Show attendees can start each day networking over cool cars and fresh coffee.
Finally, the industry's most successful and knowledgeable experts will be sharing their wisdom at the SEMA Education Institute's SEMA Show Education Days. Free and "Pay-to-Attend" courses provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn first-hand what trends will affect business. Highlights include seminars on how to leverage the SEMA Data Co-op, the definitive, industry owned and operated centralized data repository that helps drive sales.
New Product -- Exhibitors will continue to enter the Showcase by visiting www.semashow.com/new-products.
Special Appearances -- A full list and schedule is available at www.semashow.com/celebrities.
Special Events - For a full schedule visit www.semashow.com/special-events.
Education -- To see available sessions visit www.semashow.com/education.