SEMA News—July 2020


By Douglas McColloch

SEMA Garage
The SEMA Garage offers a number of member services that can help companies continue to develop new products even when “shelter-at-home” orders are in place.

How Manufacturers Can Continue to Develop New Products While Sheltering at Home

Aftermarket manufacturers seeking to develop products can take advantage of several exclusive SEMA-member benefits that lend themselves to physical distancing. Available throughout the year, these benefits may prove even more valuable given the prospect of current or future “shelter-at-home” orders. These benefits include:

Vehicles in Operations (VIO): The SEMA-member VIO program helps companies make informed decisions by understanding the number of targeted vehicles currently on the road for any make or model. This is key to helping members identify the vehicle platforms that have the greatest available opportunities, and target their marketing.

Tech Transfer/CAD Data: CAD data from automakers is available exclusively to SEMA-member manufacturers to assist with developing products. Through the program, members may be able to eliminate the need to source and digitally create CAD models.

Rapid Prototyping/3-D Printing: When members have completed their product designs, they may want to create a low-cost prototype pre-production, and SEMA’s 3-D printing is available. Use of the machine and labor are available free of charge, and members simply pay for the cost of materials.

CARB EO Preparation/Advocacy Services: The SEMA Compliance Center can assist members with performance products that may impact a vehicle’s emissions and are in need of an Executive Order (EO) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

To learn more about how manufacturers can tap into resources to help with product development and other benefits, visit

Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Convention Center is undergoing expansion for 2021, but all operations, halls, exhibit spaces and sections will remain unchanged for the 2020 SEMA Show.

Las Vegas Construction Update: No Changes for 2020 SEMA Show

SEMA Show management has announced that the Las Vegas Convention Center’s (LVCC) operations, exhibit space, halls and sections for the 2020 SEMA Show will remain the same as last year (2019).

The LVCC is currently in Phase II of its planned expansion, which is scheduled to be complete by January 2021; the newly expanded hall, located adjacent to the LVCC, will contain 600,000 sq. ft. of new exhibit space.

For more information about the 2020 SEMA Show, taking place Tuesday–Friday, November 3–6, visit To exhibit, visit

Las Vegas
The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is among several hotels located within one mile of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Book Your Rooms Now—Closest Hotels to the SEMA Show

SEMA Show attendees are encouraged to make reservations at these hotels near the Las Vegas Convention Center while rooms are still available. With a quick look on the SEMA Show homepage
(, Showgoers can see a list of hotels available, along with the rate per night, the distance from the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the hotel star rating. Here are four hotels that are close to the SEMA Show:

  • Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, 1.4 miles
  • Hilton Grand Vacations—Las Vegas Convention Center, 0.7 miles
  • Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 0.2 miles

Showgoers booking through the SEMA Show housing partner receive guaranteed low rates on a wide range of hotel properties at locations on and off the Strip.

When making your hotel reservations through the SEMA Show website, you are receiving the most affordable and convenient hotel options through the association’s partnership with onPeak, the only official hotel provider for the 2019 SEMA Show. All negotiated rates provided by onPeak include resort fees and will allow you to change or cancel your reservation without any financial penalties.

More information about the 2020 SEMA Show, to be held Tuesday–Friday, November 3–6, is available at

SEMA Garage
SEMA has partnered with Stratasys to produce 3-D-printed visors, which will attach to face shields to assist doctors, nurses and other health-care workers.

SEMA Garage Turns on 3-D Printers to Battle COVID-19

Manufacturers and service providers worldwide are responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The SEMA Garage is proud to announce that it will assist Stratasys ( by providing 3-D-printed visors, which will attach to face shields and assist those who are working in healthcare facilities.

While SEMA Garage services continue to be designated to aid the automotive aftermarket with product development, times like these call for assistance to those in need and making a difference in the community. Stratasys has designed and publicly shared the CAD model of its visor as well as the specifics for the face shield for any additional suppliers to join and be a part of this initiative. That information is available at If you have the capability to provide 3-D-printed visors or protective shields, or if you are in need of any of those items, register through this link:

To see what other SEMA-member companies are doing to help in the fight against COVID-19, visit SEMA eNews at

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