The Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) 2017 SEMA Show, one of the nation’s busiest annual trade expositions which has been underway this week (Oct. 31-Nov. 3) at the Las Vegas Convention Center, was expected to attract more than 140,000 representatives of the $41.2 billion automotive aftermarket industry.
The buzz at this year’s four-day event has been pretty upbeat, even with stepped up security in the wake of the recent tragedy that struck the famous Nevada entertainment and gambling community. Attendees at the annual trade-only show, launched in 1967, perused more than 2,400 exhibits featuring products that have popularized the hot rod, truck, off road and RV segments in the automotive aftermarket.
A number of RV suppliers, including Blue Ox, CURT and Horizon Global, are among the companies occupying 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space. There are more than 3,000 new products showcased at the event, along with 1,500 vehicles on display.
Attendees are also treated to non-stop live action from track and off-road inspired vehicles and eye-popping customized cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. When the buyers aren’t seeking the latest products for their stores and shops, they can participate in educational seminars and training sessions — and network with others on the latest industry trends.
More than 3,000 media representatives were also on the grounds reporting on the automotive aftermarket extravaganza that keeps the world’s obsession with vehicles in the forefront.