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8 SEMA Show Highlights for Buyers

Insider Tips for Taking Full Advantage of the 2012 Show As a buyer, you realize that the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas is the world’s premier automotive aftermarket trade event—and you wouldn’t miss it for the world. Yet with so many business opportunities concentrated under one roof at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), how do you make the most of your Show experience? It’s not easy to cover more than 1 million sq. ft. of products, exhibits, display vehicles and special events in just a few, short days. With the Show rapidly approaching, now is the time to get organized and establish your game plan. Here are eight insider tips to get you started.

SEMA News—November 2012

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By Mike Imlay

8 SEMA Show Highlights for Buyers

Insider Tips for Taking Full Advantage of the 2012 Show

Innovations of Generations

By now you’ve likely heard news that this year’s SEMA Show is tracking at near-record levels. When the Show opens October 30, we’ll have more than 2,100 exhibiting companies, 1,500 custom rides, close to 1,800 new products in the Ideas Alive showcase and more qualified buyer attendees than ever before. The SEMA Show is once again set to deliver the best of our industry’s innovative genius gathered into a single, highly effective marketplace. We’re shining a spotlight on “Innovations of Generations”—celebrating the accomplishments of our past but also highlighting the advances and innovations being led by our younger industry members.

SEMA News—November 2012

CHRIS KERSTING

Innovations of Generations

  Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO  
   

Vehicles of the 2012 SEMA Show

Rolling Art Loaded With Specialty Equipment Industry professionals from across the country and around the world will gather at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 30 through November 2 to learn about the newest releases in automotive specialty equipment. There, they will make business connections that will bring innovative products to consumers during the coming year. Many of the products to be introduced by the approximately 2,000 exhibiting companies will be showcased on the vehicles for which they are intended. For the past few years, SEMA News has previewed dozens of these automotive artworks, and we’ve renewed the tradition once more for 2012. Enjoy a foretaste of the 2012 SEMA Show feature vehicles in the following pages, and get ready to see many more in Las Vegas!

SEMA News—November 2012

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By Steve Campbell

Vehicles of the 2012 SEMA Show

Rolling Art Loaded With Specialty Equipment

Crafting Cars for Children

Professional Builders Custom-Design Pinewood Hot Rods for Charity Constructed last fall to the finest detail, these miniature pinewood hot rods were the brainchildren of 15 of the nation’s best custom-car and hot-rod builders. The hot rods could be mistaken for the real thing if only they weren’t small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. But they came to life as they raced against each other to benefit two children’s charities at the third-annual Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Pinewood Builder’s Challenge during SEMA’s Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, July 27, at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona, California. The cars will be autographed by the builders and will be displayed in the HRIA booth #23395 at the 2012 SEMA Show.

SEMA News—November 2012 

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By Chad Simon

Crafting Cars for Children

Professional Builders Custom-Design Pinewood Hot Rods for Charity.

Celebrity Appearances

Stars and Industry Icons at the 2012 SEMA Show The following personalities are scheduled to appear at this year’s SEMA Show. (Partial listings current as of August 31, 2012.)

SEMA News—November 2012

Celebrity Appearances

Stars and Industry Icons at the 2012 SEMA Show

WD-40 Co. and Chip Foose Partner for Second Year to Design Two Charity Trucks, New Collectible Cans

Two of the biggest names in the automotive world are teaming up again, this time with Source Interlink Media, to build two trucks that will benefit good causes and to create new, limited-edition WD-40 Smart Straw cans that feature some of Chip Foose’s classic vehicle designs.

SEMA News—November 2012

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A Message From Roy Littlefield

TIA Executive Vice President On behalf of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), I would like to welcome you to Las Vegas and to this year’s Global Tire Expo—Powered by TIA! We hope you find everything you need to make your business a stronger and more dynamic enterprise.

SEMA News—November 2012

A Message From Roy Littlefield

TIA Executive Vice President

Best Bang for the Buck

Taking Advantage of the Show Special Offers The SEMA Show organizers have worked on special offers at numerous venues throughout Las Vegas, and all you have to do is let them know you are in Las Vegas for the Show. Many offers require only showing your SEMA Show badge. This is only a partial list as it existed at press time. Visit www.SEMAShow.com/discounts to ensure that you take advantage of every offer!

SEMA News—November 2012

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Best Bang for the Buck

Taking Advantage of the Show Special Offers

Targeted Educational Programs

Hot Topics at the SEMA Show More than 50 educational programs in a number of segment categories will be presented at the 2012 SEMA Show, and you can see the full list in “2012 SEMA Show Education Days Brochure." Even so, we wanted to call out a few seminars that are of particular importance.

SEMA News—October 2012

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Targeted Educational Programs

Hot Topics at the SEMA Show

Trade Publications That Can Help Improve Your Business

Everyone’s busy these days, so the decision about what to read is a big one. There are hundreds of great publications and websites out there that are filled with valuable news and information. Deciding which ones to read regularly depends largely on what market segment you are in and what role you play in your company. Here are a few key publications to consider:

SEMA News—October 2012 

REQUIRED READING

Trade Publications That Can Help Improve Your Business

Everyone’s busy these days, so the decision about what to read is a big one. There are hundreds of great publications and websites out there that are filled with valuable news and information. Deciding which ones to read regularly depends largely on what market segment you are in and what role you play in your company. Here are a few key publications to consider:

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