SEMA News - November 2009
Even as new-vehicle markets change, customers want cars and trucks that are tailored to their needs. The specialty-equipment industry works with the original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to supply consumers with choices. Recognizing the importance of customization and personalization, the world’s leading automakers can be found throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Current as of September 21, 2009
Regardless of the market niche, there are several services that all automotive businesses need. Discover new business services and cost-effective options by visiting the Business Services section in North Hall. Learn what resources are available for inventory control, computer systems and business software as well as display and shop-management equipment, staffing alternatives and help with insurance and finances.
Hot Rod Alley
Hot rods were the genesis of the automotive specialty-equipment industry, and street rods and custom cars remain fundamental to the SEMA Show. Visitors will find exhibits featuring everything from gauges and steering columns to undercarriage and body components. While in Hot Rod Alley, be sure to stop by the Hot Rod Industry Alliance’s (HRIA) booth. This SEMA council is dedicated to preserving and promoting the hot-rod industry.
Mobile Electronics & Technology
With technology constantly changing, the Mobile Electronics & Technology section of the SEMA Show features an abundance of new products. Stop by North Hall to discover what’s new in mobile audio, video, navigation, lighting, security and backup-camera systems as well as component parts, such as wiring, connectors and battery technology.
Paint, Body & Equipment
Located in North Hall, this new section features manufacturers of vehicle paint, prep stations, paint booths, bodywork, frame machines, spray guns and safety/filtration/breathing apparatus. It also will have related accessories, equipment, systems, coating/refinishing products, services and publications.
Powersports & Utility Vehicles
Located in the South Hall, this new section features manufacturers of power-driven equipment, such as personal transporters; motorcycles; motor scooters; two-, three- and four-wheel ATVs; pocket bikes; specialty golf carts; mini-bikes; dirt bikes; and accessories and services that support these vehicles. As one of the newest sections at the Show, it recognizes the growing importance this market has to the SEMA industry.
Tires, Wheels & Equipment
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New tires and wheels change the entire character of a vehicle, so it’s no wonder that more than 250 companies will exhibit tires, wheels and associated equipment during the SEMA Show. With virtually every passenger vehicle in the world requiring these products, the section is not only one of the largest, but is still growing. Offerings include products for small to large passenger cars as well as trucks of every description and even racing applications.
Racing & Performance
With more than 400 racing and performance companies exhibiting in Central Hall, this segment accounts for one of the largest sections of the SEMA Show. Buyers can check out the latest in performance engine, suspension and chassis systems as well as apparel, safety gear and fuels. Both traditional gas applications and diesel products will be on display, including power adders, such as nitrous, superchargers and turbochargers, along with the latest innovations in coating and cooling technologies.
As Baby Boomers continue to buy or build the cars and trucks of their dreams, they’re on the hunt for refurbished originals, salvaged parts and new reproductions in the full array of restoration materials. The newest and hardest to find products will likely be in Restoration Marketplace. Located in Central Hall, visitors will also be treated to some outstanding examples of quality restored vehicles.
Restyling & Car Care Accessories
The Restyling & Care Care Accessories section will feature more than 200 exhibitors displaying everything from paint to polish and from interior schemes to the vacuums that keep them tidy. Buyers will discover the newest trends used to personalize and individualize consumer vehicles and bring customers in the door. Visit the North Hall to see it all.
Tools & Equipment
Manufacturers in the Tools & 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 hop 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.
Trucks, SUVs & Off-Road
Truck and SUV owners are among the most loyal and devoted groups of consumers, and while rising fuel prices have altered new-truck buying habits, the market for accessories and performance targeted at older vehicles has been the beneficiary. More than 200 manufacturers will be exhibiting in the Trucks, SUVs & Off-Road section in the upper level of the South Hall showcasing the newest trends in bed products, grilles, body armor, lifts, lowering packages and more.