Collision Industry Continues to Stand Out at SEMA Show

By SEMA Editors

SCRS reports an attendee registration increase of more than 250% (YTD) in comparison to the same time period last year.

Since 2010, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has provided the Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series during the Show, attracting record-breaking attendance numbers with each year.

As of July 1, SCRS reports an attendee registration increase of more than 250% (YTD) in comparison to the same time period last year. With more than four months remaining until the Show opens, Tuesday, November 5, the pace at which the program is gaining registrations is a tremendous indicator that the 2013 SEMA Show will be the destination for professionals in the collision-repair industry.

"We are extremely proud of the series we have developed this year, and still have some additional programming we are working on to even further amplify the experience this fall," shared SCRS Chairman Ron Reichen. "Attendee reaction to our events is always the best indicator of whether or not we are delivering what the industry is looking for in our series. Based on the feedback we have received so far, and the extremely compelling numbers, we are confident that the varied content is going to provide very tangible value to all involved."

The RDE series isn't the only area of the Show where the collision industry is demonstrating early spikes in activity. Show management numbers through the end of June indicated an increase in collision industry exhibitor counts, square footage occupied by exhibiting collision industry companies and both overall and collision-focused attendee registration.

While the primary activities for the collision-repair industry take place in the Collision Repair & Refinish section of the Show in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, industry meetings, forums and newly expanded Show floor space also extend into the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (LVH). In addition, many collision industry companies take advantage of space that is available in virtually every area of the Show. Areas, such as Tools & Equipment (North Hall), Restyling & Car Care Accessories (North Hall), Racing & Performance (Central Hall), Hot Rod Alley (Central Hall) and the First Time & Featured Exhibitors (LVH), all feature companies that have a strong collision-repair focus.

"Since the early stages of our discussions, our partnership with SCRS has focused on providing opportunity to the industries we each represent," added Peter MacGillivray, SEMA vice president of communications and events. "The fact that the collision-repair community has become such an integral part of so many areas of the Show, and has demonstrated such annual growth, really emphasizes the benefits derived from industry involvement in the premier global automotive specialty destination in the world. We are proud to boast that SEMA Show attendees will be exposed to educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events and networking opportunities, and believe that our collaboration with SCRS has been a leading contribution to those opportunities."

A complete listing of the RDE sessions can be found at The 2013 Repairer Driven Education program is currently sponsored by SEMA, GM Genuine Parts, BASF Refinish, Ford Motor Co. and AkzoNobel Coatings.