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Heard on the Floor

SEMA Show Exhibitors Share Their PerspectivesThe 2013 SEMA Show was the biggest in the event’s 47-year history, with more than 126,000 people converging on the Las Vegas Convention Center to do business at the world’s largest annual automotive trade show. We visited a few random exhibitors to ask how the Show was going from their perspective, and this is what we heard.

SEMA News—January 2014

EVENTS
By Russell Datz

Heard on the Floor

SEMA Show Exhibitors Share Their Perspectives

The 2013 SEMA Show was the biggest in the event’s 47-year history, with more than 126,000 people converging on the Las Vegas Convention Center to do business at the world’s largest annual automotive trade show. We visited a few random exhibitors to ask how the Show was going from their perspective, and this is what we heard.

The Best of SEMA 2013

Empowering an IndustryThe 2013 SEMA Show left no doubt that the automotive specialty-equipment industry is stronger than ever. While final attendance figures were being audited at press time, organizers reported that more than 126,000 credentials were issued prior to the event, with thousands more processed on site. More than 60,000 of those badges went to buyers, who came from all over the world. The numbers represented a 7% increase over those from the previous year and were the highest in SEMA Show history. It was the third year in a row that the Show had seen significant growth.

SEMA News—January 2014

EVENTS
By SEMA News Staff

Constructing Automotive Works of Art

Builder’s Challenge Features Increasingly Complex Pinewood Hot Rods Designed for CharityTen of the nation’s best custom-car and hot-rod builders created miniature pinewood hot rods that lit up the track this past summer at the fourth-annual Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Pinewood Builder’s Challenge during SEMA’s Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, which was held July 26 at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona, California. Just before the banquet started, the hot rods raced against each other to benefit two children’s charities. The cars were autographed by the builders and displayed in HRIA booth at the 2013 SEMA Show.

SEMA News—December 2013

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By Chad Simon

Constructing Automotive Works of Art

Builder’s Challenge Features Increasingly Complex Pinewood Hot Rods Designed for Charity

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G3 Rods 

2013 SEMA Show Directory

SEMA Show attendees have the opportunity to preview the 2013 SEMA Show Directory, making Show planning easier and more productive. The SEMA Show Directory is a valuable resource to help plan and navigate the features of the SEMA Show and its more than 2,000 exhibitors. In addition to the directory, take a moment to also click through other pre-show tools including a preview of the Show's feature vehicles, a celebrity appearance schedule and a SEMA Show Guide for buyers. The 2013 SEMA Show is set for Tuesday–Friday, November 5–8, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

SEMA News—November 2013

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Good Times in Las Vegas

Taking Advantage of the Recreational PossibilitiesWhile most attendees and exhibitors at the 2013 SEMA Show will spend the majority of their time either touring the displays or participating in the many educational and networking opportunities available, there’s plenty to do in the entertainment mecca of Las Vegas. It is one of the great recreational destinations in the world, offering all types of show-business entertainment as well as cultural, historical and outdoor activities. Check out the official Las Vegas tourism site to find out about the myriad shows, activities, restaurants and more.

SEMA News—November 2013

EVENTS
By Steve Campbell
Photography Courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau

Good Times in Las Vegas

Taking Advantage of the Recreational Possibilities

Celebrity Appearances

Stars and Industry Icons at the 2013 SEMA Show The following personalities are scheduled to appear at this year’s SEMA Show. (Partial listings current as of September 6,2013.)

SEMA News—November 2013

Celebrity Appearances

Stars and Industry Icons at the 2013 SEMA Show

The following personalities are scheduled to appear at this year’s SEMA Show. (Partial listings current as of September 6,2013.)

Visit SEMAShow.com to view the real-time list of ALL celebrities scheduled to appear at this year's Show

SEMA Show Guide for Buyers

As the world’s premier automotive aftermarket trade event, the annual SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) can seem overwhelming. How do you cover well over a million square feet of display vehicles, product innovations and special events in just a few short days? The secret, according to SEMA Show Director Tom Gattuso, is to start strategizing ahead of time. “The SEMA Show is like the Super Bowl,” said Gattuso. “A buyer can’t just show up and hope to win. You have to have a strategy. The more you plan ahead, the more productive you will be. We talk to buyers extensively after each Show and find that those who had a plan are substantially more successful.”

SEMA News—November 2013

Events
By Mike Imlay

SEMA Show Guide for Buyers

Make Sure Your To-Do List Includes These Items

Vehicles of the 2013 SEMA Show

The Car Show for the ProsProfessionals from all facets of the automotive specialty-equipment industry will gather once again at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 5–8 to see the latest product innovations, attend in-depth educational seminars and make business connections. They’ll also be witness to one of the most spectacular custom auto shows in the world. Many of the products that will be introduced by the exhibiting companies—more than 2,000 of them this year—will be showcased on the vehicles for which they are intended. Over the past few years, SEMA News has previewed dozens of these automotive artworks, and we’re doing it again for 2013. The feature vehicles shown in this listing will appear in exhibitor booths and in display areas throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center and the adjacent outdoor grounds. Be sure to check them out in person, and enjoy the Show!

SEMA News—November 2013

EVENTS
By Steve Campbell

Vehicles of the 2013 SEMA Show

The Car Show for the Pros

Tips for Aftermarket Suppliers and Retailers Before Gearing Up for e-Commerce

Tips for Aftermarket Suppliers and Retailers Before Gearing Up for e-Commerce The online retail market for automotive aftermarket parts industry and accessories continues to emerge as a tremendous growth opportunity for the aftermarket parts industry. While estimated sales volumes of the online parts industry vary, assessments range from $2 billion to $4 billion annually.The “2013 SEMA Annual Market Report” found that 46.2% of consumers cited “chain auto parts stores” and “specialty parts stores” as their primary outlets for purchasing automotive parts and accessories. “Online retail” was the next highest at 25.6%, up 1.1% from 2012. Online retailers ranged from online auction sites and chain auto parts online stores to online-only retailers.

SEMA News—October 2013

BUSINESS
By Kristin DeBates

The New Products Showcase

Connecting Buyers, Sellers and Media at the SEMA ShowIf you’re a SEMA Show exhibitor, product exposure is the name of the game. Your number-one goal is attracting buyers and media to your booth, where you can discuss and demonstrate your new and featured products in person. If, on the other hand, you’re a buyer or media attendee, your priority is saving time and legwork in discovering the latest and greatest product innovations amid more than a million square feet of booths and exhibits vying for your attention. Fortunately, there’s an efficient solution for everyone: The SEMA Show’s New Products Showcase.

SEMA News—October 2013

EVENTS
By Mike Imlay

The New Products Showcase

Connecting Buyers, Sellers and Media at the SEMA Show

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