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What’s the best way to set up your aftermarket business for success in 2019? Experienced buyers will tell you that the answer is the 2018 SEMA Show, which will be held October 30 through November 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As the world’s premier automotive aftermarket trade-only event, the annual SEMA Show is a smart investment that can make a significant difference to your company’s bottom line.

 

Business

  • Bob CorwinEvery aftermarket business—large or small, established or startup—needs commercial insurance coverage. Whether you’re a restyler, a jobber, a detailer, an accessory retailer or an installer, liability coverage is essential to ensure that you and your specialty installation business are adequately protected. Fortunately for SEMA-member companies, insurance solutions are close at hand.

Business Technology

  • SEMA Data Co-opSince the inception of the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) in 2012, nearly 500 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 Kersting

    It’s exciting to see that the industry is once again poised to unveil another burst of innovation, as evidenced by the broad array of new products and extraordinary vehicles slated to appear on the SEMA Show floor.

Education

  • Kim PendergastIn 1984, SEMA and a group of industry leaders teamed to establish the nonprofit SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, whose purpose was to nurture industry leadership by supporting the educational pursuits of future automotive professionals attending an accredited college. The fund initially struggled to gain momentum, but thanks to its first major donation of $10,000, contributed by industry pioneer and SEMA Hall of Fame inductee Joan Weiand of Weiand Automotive, the fund quickly picked up steam.

Events

  • What’s the best way to set up your aftermarket business for success in 2019? Experienced buyers will tell you that the answer is the 2018 SEMA Show, which will be held October 30 through November 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As the world’s premier automotive aftermarket trade-only event, the annual SEMA Show is a smart investment that can make a significant difference to your company’s bottom line.

  • Whether you’re an exhibitor or an attendee, part of the annual SEMA Show excitement is the chance to see and rub elbows with a sweeping range of celebrities and notables (not to mention the many famous vehicles arrayed throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center.) The following are scheduled appearances for this year’s Show, with listings current as of September 17, 2018. Visit the listed booths for updates and to confirm times.

  • Gerber GTONow in its fifth year, the SEMA Battle of the Builders (BOTB) competition has grown again. The competition presents a rare opportunity for builders to judge and be judged by the greatest names in the industry, and it has attracted passionate builders from nearly every continent. The vehicles present will be among the highest quality in the world. They come from seasoned teams of professionals as well as one-man shops with small budgets. All feature immense creative power and passion.

  • Hungry Read ThisThe purpose of the SEMA Show is to do business. Anything that gets in the way of that can be thought of as an obstruction, yet we all have to eat, especially since attending the SEMA Show can be a strenuous undertaking. It’s not unusual to walk many miles in a single day, so addressing the need to keep the fires burning without sacrificing too much floor time can be a challenge worthy of some consideration.

Government Affairs

  • SEMA PACThe 2018 midterm elections are just around the corner, and your support for SEMA’s Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC) is critical. During the 2018 SEMA Show, you can stand up for your industry by backing SEMA PAC and the lawmakers who back you.

Industry News

  • Alex CarmonaThe SEMA Show’s new look for 2018 will be based on the artwork of Alex Carmona, who will become part of a tradition that was established by celebrated automotive artists Max Grundy and Ed Tillrock. “Old School Alex” Carmona’s art will be woven into graphic display signage on-site and online, bringing a new level of energy to the SEMA Show.

New Products

People And Places

  • Roy LittlefieldOn behalf of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 Global Tire Expo (GTE)—Powered by TIA and the SEMA Show in the wonderful city of Las Vegas. We are confident that our partner, SEMA, has worked tirelessly to bring another successful four-day event for all car and tire enthusiasts to enjoy.

  • Wade KawasakiWelcome to the 2018 SEMA Show, now in its 52nd year! This is where we get to see the newest products, vehicles and innovations that the automotive world has to offer. The industry is growing—now valued at $43 billion—and our research forecasts the upward trend will continue as we head into 2019. As your association chairman, I’m excited to welcome you to the place where passion meets progress in our industry, and I’m confident in saying that success starts here.

Products / Catalog

SEMA Heritage

  • HeritageAfter its humble beginnings in Dodger Stadium, the High Performance and Custom Trade Show changed venues for its second edition, moving to the spacious Anaheim Convention Center in January 1968. The exhibitor count grew from 100 or so the year before to nearly 150, their 200-plus tables taking up half of the convention center’s 100,000-sq.-ft. floor space.