The centre of the modified vehicle world opened on Tuesday (Nov 5) as thousands of media and aftermarket automotive exhibitors descended upon the Las Vegas Convention Centre, in Nevada, for the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA).
The annual trade show is the largest of its kind bringing manufacturers of aftermarket automotive products together with buyers worldwide. This year, the show features over 2,400 exhibitors. As SEMA is not a public event and requires preregistration for entry the 2019 figures put attendance at over 160,000, with 70,000 of that being buyers in the aftermarket parts trade. Media are allowed to cover SEMA and that number is 3,300. 25 per cent of the total attendance is from 140 countries outside the United States.
The 2,400 exhibitors are spread out across the 1.2 million square feet of space that is the Las Vegas Convention Centre. On display are some of the latest and greatest automotive accessories built to enhance performance, styling, comfort and convenience of every type of motor vehicle one can think of. There are more than 3,000 new products from OEM, established and burgeoning brands. This year there will be a reported 1,500 vehicles on show.
The show is responsible for setting the trends for the future of the aftermarket, especially the modified performance market, making it a Mecca for automotive enthusiasts each year as the aftermarket manufacturers unveil items such as wheels, tyres, body kits, and performance upgrades across all the specific niches in the business.
The show will run until November 8.
— Article written by Nichola Beckford