Coming off the recently concluded SEMA Show, it’s apparent that the industry is eager and primed for growth in the new year. But while the Show is always the ideal venue for spotting industry innovations, there are also broader factors at work shaping industry direction and individual business growth. Overall economic health, consumer confidence and new vehicle configurations are just a few of the trends that will impact SEMA-member businesses in 2019 and beyond, and connecting such dots for solid business planning is no small task.
SEMA News spoke with SEMA’s council and network leaders to find out what’s in store for the coming year, and to get their thoughts about the emerging trends and the challenges they can expect to face based on what their organizations are seeing in their respective marketplaces. Common themes included the responsibility to fight overly restrictive government regulations, continued concern regarding the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act, and the evolution of in-vehicle technologies, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Those who recall the 1967 movie “The Graduate” will remember that the word was “plastics.” Plastics were the future, and that future reached a zenith in recent years with additive manufacturing machines that could “print” 3-D objects in shapely polymers. That future is changing, however, because the new industrial buzzword is “metals”—as in the ability to 3-D print them. But has that latest technology truly come of age? And, more importantly, should SEMA members rush to embrace it?
SEMA is governed by a Board of Directors, with directors nominated and elected by the trade association’s membership at large. Directors serve three-year terms, while the chairman-elect automatically assumes the role of chairman after completing a two-year term. The 2018–2019 Board was recently empaneled at the annual SEMA Installation & Gala, held July 20, 2018, at the Hilton Los Angeles, Universal City, California.
Here's a sample of the products that will be featured in the 2018 SEMA Show New Product Showcase.
What’s the best way to set up your aftermarket business for success in 2019? Experienced buyers will tell you that the answer is the 2018 SEMA Show, which will be held October 30 through November 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As the world’s premier automotive aftermarket trade-only event, the annual SEMA Show is a smart investment that can make a significant difference to your company’s bottom line.
Whether you’re an exhibitor or an attendee, part of the annual SEMA Show excitement is the chance to see and rub elbows with a sweeping range of celebrities and notables (not to mention the many famous vehicles arrayed throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center.) The following are scheduled appearances for this year’s Show, with listings current as of September 17, 2018. Visit the listed booths for updates and to confirm times.
Now in its fifth year, the SEMA Battle of the Builders (BOTB) competition has grown again. The competition presents a rare opportunity for builders to judge and be judged by the greatest names in the industry, and it has attracted passionate builders from nearly every continent. The vehicles present will be among the highest quality in the world. They come from seasoned teams of professionals as well as one-man shops with small budgets. All feature immense creative power and passion.
Based on years of casual input, surveys and observation, the SEMA Show team has gathered a very useful collection of the tips and tricks used by seasoned buyer attendees to make the most of the SEMA Show. “Expert buyers” come to the Show knowing what they are looking for, cover new ground efficiently, and take advantage of every available resource.
Year after year, surveys indicate that one of buyers’ top objectives for the SEMA Show is to discover new products. The easiest way to meet that goal is to visit the New Products Showcase—buyers’ number-one destination at the Show. Located in the Skybridge between Central and South Halls, the Showcase is adjacent to the Media Center, making it convenient for members of the press as well.