It’s been said that what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. Products displayed at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show next week, however, may beg to differ. The SEMA show is one of the largest trade shows in the world and is called “the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world.” The 2015 show, which takes place November 3rd through the 6th at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will showcase over 2,300 companies, 2,000 of which will show new products, and spread out over a million square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center. In 2014, over 60,000 people attended the event.
SEMA, which initially stood for the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association, began as a small group of suppliers of performance equipment for hot rods. Over time, SEMA began to include “all businesses in the distribution chain.” Today, SEMA has over 6,382 corporate members and is universally recognized as a leader in industry affairs.
Each year a wide spectrum of products are featured at the SEMA show. In fact, anyone involved in making an impact on the automotive industry is at the SEMA show, from an Indy 500 winning engine to monster trucks to anything in between. Along with specialty items, new models of popular vehicles are often showcased at the SEMA show. The SEMA show also provides insights into trends that are changing the automotive industry. Last year, Consumer Reports identified wraps, compact battery jump boxes, aftermarket back-up cameras, and dash cams as the coolest new products and trends.
What will be the highlights of the 2015 SEMA show? An event taking place in Las Vegas definitely requires some serious star power. While there will certainly be several Elvis impersonators sauntering around the Las Vegas Convention Center, some actual celebrities will be in attendance. Racing legends John Force, Richard Petty, and Mario Andretti will all make an appearance at the show, as will skateboarding all-star Tony Hawk. Celebrity appearances are not limited to sentient beings, as the 1969 Dodge Charger that stars in the film “Furious 7” will also be displayed.
The SEMA show has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the basement of Dodgers Stadium, but SEMA’s dedication to the state of a vital industry has not changed. The automotive industry is constantly evolving and improving, and many exciting new developments and products are on display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.