Automotive Trade Shows

SEMA Show to Feature Three New Exhibitor Areas

The First-Time and Featured Exhibitors areas include hundreds of exhibitors representing a variety of market segments.

The First-Time and Featured Exhibitors areas include hundreds of exhibitors representing a variety of market segments.

In addition to 11 designated floor sections, the 2013 SEMA Show will include three different areas where First-Time and Featured Exhibitors can be found. While the Show has included First-Time and Featured Exhibitors areas in previous years, 2013 marks the first time that the Show will include three such areas:

Start Each Morning With Cars & Coffee–SEMA Edition

Cars & Coffee–SEMA Edition will be open each morning of the 2013 SEMA Show from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.One of the newest attractions added to the 2013 SEMA Show is Cars & Coffee–SEMA Edition. Showgoers can get a jump-start each morning from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. with a cup of coffee and some cool vehicles. Cars & Coffee—SEMA Edition will be located in the outdoor patio on the south side of the Las Vegas Hotel (LVH), which is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall.

After enjoying Cars & Coffee, attendees can take advantage of the early start by visiting...

Must-See Features of the 2013 SEMA Show

The SEMA Show draws more than 135,000 industry leaders to Las Vegas from more than 100 countries, all seeking business opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports and RV markets. A Sprawling Panorama of Automotive Excellence

The SEMA Show is the world’s most impressive automotive trade show. It draws industry professionals from around the globe to stunning exhibits of innovative and sought-after specialty-equipment products. It attracts more than 135,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries to Las Vegas, all seeking business opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports and RV markets. And the 2013 SEMA Show—the year of the association’s 50th anniversary—will eclipse all previous gatherings. In fact, exhibit space in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is sold out, and new display areas have been created in the Las Vegas Hotel and in other parts of the Show grounds to help accommodate the surplus.

A Few Words With Tom Gattuso

More than 2,100 companies have already secured space for the 2013 event, including 500 first-time exhibitors. The Show is designed to provide manufacturers of automotive products and accessories with a venue to connect to and do business with buyers from throughout the world, so the better informed exhibitors are, the more successful their experience will be. The SEMA Show Director Provides Tips for Exhibitors, Buyers and Media

Tom Gattuso is the director of the SEMA Show. With more than 18 years in the field of automotive-event production—both consumer and trade—he is well versed in ensuring that attendees and exhibitors of every stripe receive the greatest return on their investments. The 2013 SEMA Show will be his third as director, and SEMA News was pleased to talk with him about his insights.

Information for New Exhibitors at the 2013 SEMA Show

More than 2,100 companies have already secured space for the 2013 event, including 500 first-time exhibitors. The Show is designed to provide manufacturers of automotive products and accessories with a venue to connect to and do business with buyers from throughout the world, so the better informed exhibitors are, the more successful their experience will be. Take Advantage of the Programs, Promotions and Tools

The SEMA Show is the world’s most valuable automotive specialty-equipment trade show. More than 2,100 companies have already secured space for the 2013 event, including more than 415 first-time exhibitors. And while the information provided here is particularly urgent for those who are new to the SEMA Show, it is also must-know content for all exhibiting manufacturers.

More than 130,000 industry professionals are expected at the Show, which is open only to those individuals who are employed in the automotive industry. It is designed to provide manufacturers of automotive products and accessories with a venue to connect and do business with buyers from throughout the world, so the better informed exhibitors are, the more successful their experience will be.

First-Time Exhibitors

Buyer, exhibitor and media registration for the 2013 SEMA Show are now open and available online at www.SEMAShow.com/register. More Than 417 Reasons to Attend the 2013 SEMA Show

According to Show Management, the total number of first-time exhibitors at the 2013 SEMA Show (as of July 12) was already 417 and continuing to rise. With exhibitor registrations stronger than ever, buyers attending this year’s Show will have an unprecedented opportunity to connect with hundreds of new manufacturers and suppliers.

Registration is now open for the 2013 SEMA Show, Tuesday–Friday, November 5–8. Attendees, as well as the media, are invited to register for the annual Show online (www.SEMAShow.com).

Hot-Rod Products and Trends

Function Fused With Performance, Comfort and Drivability

Aftermarket Business, Automotive Trade Show, Automotive Business, New Products, New Products ShowcaseThe hot-rod market has always been predicated on performance. It’s where the niche—and the entire specialty-equipment industry, really—found its genesis. The listings of hot-rod components and systems unveiled at the most recent SEMA Show and now found on these pages continue in that vein, though there is also an increasing emphasis on making rods not only hot, but also comfortable and drivable.

As in previous years, we’ve interspersed the product listings with commentaries from industry professionals who are in touch with the marketplace. We asked them to focus on overall trends as well as specific vehicle types, and their responses reveal a melding of the traditional and the innovative.

Chicago Auto Show Highlights

Automakers Predict Growth, Show Newest Models

Auto-sales analysts are predicting growth in car sales overall—some to levels as high as 15.4 million for 2013. That would be good news for aftermarket manufacturers and retailers, as unit growth in the types of vehicles that enthusiasts tend to customize continues to gain momentum.

New Trucks, SUVs & Off-Road Products

Segment Shows Its Continued Strength at SEMA Show

For a third straight year, the American automotive industry has posted impressive sales gains, with the truck category leading the way. As of December 2012, Ford’s F-series truck again topped sales charts, with 645,316 units sold—up 10.3% over 2011. As in the previous year, Chevrolet’s Silverado came in second with 418,312 units sold. Meanwhile, Ram also made the Top 10 list, coming in fifth with sales of 293,363 units.

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