You definitely won’t go hungry at the SEMA Show. Each part of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) has its own concessions, and with the food court in the new West Hall expansion, Showgoers have even more options. Please note, due to COVID-19, all LVCC concessions will be cashless, so be sure to bring your credit cards.
During the summer, America’s Big Three automakers—Ford, GM and Stellantis—announced their shared goal to achieve U.S. electric vehicle sales volumes of 40% to 50% by 2030. Although industry analysts don’t predict the disappearance of the internal-combustion engine anytime soon, the announcement was yet another indicator that the vehicle landscape is undergoing historic changes.
When the doors of the 2021 SEMA Show officially open Tuesday, November 2, attendees will scope the Show floor for new and trendsetting products, meet with customers, and see nearly 2,000 custom vehicles with the latest in performance and styling upgrades. With the Show floor brimming with eye candy and fuel for the imagination, the SEMA Show Education Program is available to provide the know-how and knowledge to succeed in the specialty-equipment marketplace.
The annual SEMA Installation Gala is a long-established tradition where individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the automotive specialty-equipment industry are recognized and celebrated. But this year’s Installation Gala, held July 30 in the new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), was especially poignant.
With the specialty-equipment industry eager to reconnect in person after a two-year hiatus, SEMA is on course to present what may well be its most exciting SEMA Show ever in the trade event’s 50-plus-year history. The live 2021 SEMA Show will take place November 2–5 at the newly expanded Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).
Since its inception in 1967, the annual SEMA Show has evolved to fit the times, reflecting and responding to changes in the specialty automotive industry, and the 2021 Show (November 2–5) will be no different. With an additional 600.000 sq. ft. of exhibition space this year, the 2021 Show promises to offer attendees a dazzling array of enthusiast events, builds, competitions and networking opportunities.
The vehicle builds and celebrity appearances may generate the most attention on the exhibition floor, but at the SEMA Show, the real place to assess the state of the automotive aftermarket—and to stay in touch with all of the latest technologies and trends—is the New Products Showcase. It’s newly relocated for 2021, now occupying a 30,000-sq.-ft. area of Upper South Hall at booth #31255. A must-see for all attendees and a first stop for many, the Showcase is open during Show hours, and is conveniently located near the Show Media Center, which can be helpful for members of the working press who need to optimize their Show time.
First-time exhibitors are often of special interest to SEMA Show attendees because they bring never-before-seen products and services to the industry. In fact, first-time exhibitors are great sources of innovation and the latest product-line opportunities for installers, jobbers and retailers. They can even introduce attendees to potential crossover markets.
The SEMA Show is back for 2021! Attracting more than 150,000 industry leaders, including 60,000 buyers from around the world, the annual Show, to be held November 2–5 in Las Vegas, is still growing. This year, it will expand into the Las Vegas Convention Center’s brand-new West Hall, providing an additional 1.4 million sq. ft. of exhibit space. Despite the Show having been canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies industry-wide (including those that were first-time exhibitors in 2019) are reporting record sales over the past year, and those that struggled are now starting to bounce back.
The buzz is palpable. Momentum is building for the 2021 SEMA Show. Slated for November 2–5 in the newly expanded Las Vegas Convention Center, the Show marks the return of SEMA’s in-person trade events—and it’s that opportunity for live, face-to-face connection and networking that has the industry talking.