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If you think the drive toward more vehicle autonomy and connectedness won’t impact your business, think again. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and connected vehicle technologies (CVT) are already flooding the OEM marketplace and rippling through the aftermarket in new and unexpected ways, reshaping the design, production, sales and servicing of a surprising array of parts and accessories. The only question is whether your business is ahead of, keeping pace with, or behind the rapid wave of opportunities heading our way.

Business

  • If you think the drive toward more vehicle autonomy and connectedness won’t impact your business, think again. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and connected vehicle technologies (CVT) are already flooding the OEM marketplace and rippling through the aftermarket in new and unexpected ways, reshaping the design, production, sales and servicing of a surprising array of parts and accessories. The only question is whether your business is ahead of, keeping pace with, or behind the rapid wave of opportunities heading our way.

Business Technology

  • SDCSince the inception of the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) in 2012, more than 520 product brands representing more than 4.5 million parts have joined what is now the industry’s largest specialty parts product data repository. Designed to enable any company, no matter how small or large, to effectively manage and distribute its product data at the lowest possible cost, the SDC has an expert staff that will coach you all the way through the process.

Chris Kersting

  • Chris KerstingAs you would expect, this year’s SEMA Show includes thousands of incredible exhibits, mind-blowing vehicles, new products galore and is packed with opportunities to renew relationships, make new contacts and, above all, position your business for a profitable 2018.

Events

  • MonorailThe 2017 SEMA Show is expected to attract nearly 160,000 industry professionals. For attendees, a number of transportation options are available to make the commute to and from the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) as painless as possible. For more information about any of the following services, visit www.SEMAShow.com/ground-transportation.

  • GibbonsAmid all the famous Show cars and vehicular eye-candy of the 2017 SEMA Show, you can also expect to rub elbows with plenty of celebrities and industry icons throughout the week. This year, legendary musicians Jimmie Vaughan, Billy F Gibbons, Jeff Beck and Michael Anthony will be the featured entertainment at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, Thursday, November 2.

  • Jon Nyberg, ’62 Cadillac RoadsterThe SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, now in its fourth year, has become more expansive than ever. With hundreds of applicants, spanning seven countries and 38 states, building custom masterpieces from more than 30 different manufacturers, this year’s Battle is shaping up to be a truly epic contest and a showcase for all SEMA Show attendees to enjoy.

  • SEMA Show FloorAs the world’s premier automotive aftermarket trade-only event, the annual SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) offers industry buyers unparalleled value and opportunity. Of course, with so much to see, experience and accomplish in one week, buyers will want to create an effective game plan before they even hit the Show floor. To help get you started, Gattuso offered the following SEMA Show priorities for buyers.

  • Food TrucksWhen you’re spending busy days at the SEMA Show, sooner or later you’ll need to eat. Fortunately, there is a wide array of options. The city of Vegas offers an almost unlimited number of choices for dinner and entertainment after 5:00 p.m. Read on for a short list of restaurants representing a mix of fine and casual dining options that may simplify your planning.

  • Sinister DieselAs the number-one destination for attendees at the SEMA Show, the 2017 New Products Showcase will feature several enhancements to make it easier than ever for buyers and media to visit. Located along the Skybridge between Central and South Halls, the Showcase will be open to Showgoers from 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. each day of the event—one hour before the Show floor opens and one after closing—and it will include New Products Happy Hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

  • The Official SEMA Show Press Conference Schedule helps journalists and media attend the news events that are important to their readers. Whether it’s an OEM debut, a project-vehicle reveal or an award presentation, there is plenty happening during the week to cater to all audiences. The schedule will serve as a guideline for credentialed media, providing them with the dates, times, locations and details of all the exhibitors hosting press conferences.

Government Affairs

  • SEMA PACThis year, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) is celebrating two decades of political horsepower. Over the past 20 years, long battles have been waged over Cash for Clunkers initiatives, unfair exhaust-noise restrictions, excessive taxes, titling and registration problems, backyard builds, racing and other issues. From fax machines to Facebook, the SAN’s history is chronicled on www.SEMAsan.com/history.

Industry News

  • ’18 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited: Mechanical details are expected to include significant amounts of aluminum, although the body will be mostly made of steel.

  • Legendary musicians Michael Anthony, Jeff Beck, Billy F Gibbons and Jimmie Vaughan will be the featured entertainment at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 2.

Member News

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    A wide variety of businesses attend the SEMA Show each year, but the companies in the buyer category—identified with a red badge—enjoy a few special benefits. “Buyers” are companies that fall into the retailer and distributor segment of the industry. Non-SEMA-member buyers are encouraged to sign up for a SEMA membership at the Show so that they can not only receive perks at that event but also receive year-round member benefits.

People And Places

  • wadeIt is my pleasure to welcome exhibitors, attendees and enthusiasts to the 2017 SEMA Show. It’s here that more than 160,000 attendees with a common interest come together to see the latest trends in automotive innovation reflected in revolutionary new products and vehicles showcasing them in a highly effective marketplace. There’s no question about it: If you are looking for opportunity, you have come to the right place.

  • Roy LittlefieldOn behalf of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), I would like to welcome you to the 2017 Global Tire Expo (GTE)—Powered by TIA and the SEMA Show. We are confident that our partner SEMA has worked very hard to bring another successful event to Las Vegas this year.

Products / Catalog

  • AMP ResearchAdvanced Measurement Systems is the collision-repair industry’s leading innovator, specializing in laser measurement systems. From our established best in the industry, Eclipse (seen on “Graveyard Carz”), with red laser smart targets, 3D Graphics and 32-ft. range, to our new SPECTRE with a first certified measurement results! As seen on “Motorhead Garage,” SPECTRE has 3D graphics, passive targets and features a cordless, single-line green laser scanner, Bluetooth compatibility and an extended 40-ft. range.

SEMA Heritage

  • Custom Trade ShowOrganizers of the first High Performance and Custom Trade Show, which was held 50 years ago at Dodger Stadium, recognized early on that the Show needed to move out of the ballpark’s halls and into a proper convention facility for it to have any growth potential. The second show—already being referred to as the SEMA Show—did just that, relocating in 1968 to the Anaheim Convention Center.