|Paint, Body & Equipment is this year's largest-growing category with 128% more exhibitors confirmed for 2010.
Of the Show’s 12 categories, Paint, Body & Equipment and Tools & Equipment happen to be two of the fastest growing for this year. So far, 123 paint and body companies—including 66 first-timers—and 119 tools and equipment companies—of which 42 are first-timers—are exhibiting in the North Hall.
Paint, Body & Equipment
A relatively new Show category, Paint, Body & Equipment is the fastest-growing section, with 128% more exhibitors confirmed for 2010. In addition, there are hundreds of other companies throughout the SEMA Show this year that will showcase their products to the paint and body market, including such long-standing exhibitors as House of Kolor, PPG, Sherwin Williams, 3M and more.
“The paint and body market has increasingly become an important market,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA vice president of communications and events. “That’s why the Paint, Body & Equipment section of the Show was expanded in just its second year of existence. That’s also why we are partnering with industry experts to provide this audience with quality education and networking opportunities.”
The SEMA Show educational program will include several sessions specifically targeting the paint and body market. SEMA Show organizers are collaborating with representatives from the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) to develop the educational program and schedule meetings for SCRS members during the SEMA Show.
The Collision Industry Conference (CIC), which focuses on the paint and body market, is also hosting its meetings in Las Vegas during the SEMA Show.
“We’re working closely with SCRS, I-CAR and CIC to make it simple and easy for industry professionals in the automotive paint market to get the most value out of being at the SEMA Show,” MacGillivray said. “With meetings, education and quality exhibitors all available to this market, we’re confident that the return on the participants’ investments is sure to be huge.”
View the list of all companies exhibiting in the paint and body section here.
Tools & Equipment
Manufacturers in the tools and equipment section will highlight a wealth of wrenches, lathes, grinders and air guns. The section will also house heavier-duty products, such as engine-building equipment, dynamometers and wheel-alignment systems as well as air-conditioning units, body shop accessories, hoists and lifts. Get a first-hand view of what’s new by visiting the North Hall to see what you might incorporate to make your own shop more efficient and more profitable.
In 2009, 23,191 buyers went to Las Vegas specifically interested in tools and equipment.
For 2010, there are 119 exhibitors in the Tools & Equipment section.
Here’s an example of what two attendees had to say about the Tools & Equipment section at last year's Show:
“We specialize in Audi and Volkswagen parts. I’m looking around for tools or anything I haven’t seen before. This is my first time to the SEMA Show, and the New Products Showcase is very cool. I like the way it’s laid out by categories, and I’m amazed at all the things I didn’t know about.”
—Jason Fennessey, Speedlife Motorsports
“The acquisition costs for specialized tools and equipment are coming down to more realistic levels due to increased efficiencies in manufacturing and distribution, thus allowing more enthusiasts access to these tools and equipment. In the past, many specialized tools were available only through one company at inflated prices. Now, with several companies competing for the business, the enthusiast has more than one choice.”
—L.J. Lobsinger Jr., national sales and marketing manager for Specialty Auto Parts USA Inc.