SEMA 2011 To Meet In Las Vegas – New Auto Products Abound

by Don Elliott on October 27, 2011

In the first weekend of November, over 100,000 automotive professionals gather in Las Vegas for the SEMA and AAPEX Shows. It is an exposition of automotive specialty equipment and automotive aftermarket providers. This automotive trade only event takes up both the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sands Expo Center.

Over 4,000 exhibitors will display their products. All the products are targeted at customizing, maintaining, repairing, and merchandising car and truck related businesses. This is a worldwide event with attendees representing over 100 countries.

SEMA touts over 11 miles of aisles in the exhibit area. Featured this year will be plenty of new electronics, water-born paint products, wheel and tire technology, street rod modifications, and shop/technician training.

SEMA, short for Specialty Parts Market Association, pulls together several related auto industry associations that meet around the Las Vegas event. For example, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) will sponsor three days of training for body shop owners and technicians at the Las Vegas Hilton. SCRS members are given access to both the SEMA and AAPEX shows as part of their attendance at the SCRS’ “Repairer Driven Education” training classes.

The AAPEX Show covers over one million square feet of display area at the Sands Expo Center. Sponsored by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), the AAPEX exhibit floor plan is divided into eight areas to make it easier to find show participants and products related to their business. AAPEX list special show sections as Machine Shop, Paint, Body and Equipment, Tool and Equipment, Medium and Heavy Duty Truck, SUV, Vehicle Technology, Mobile Electronics/e Commerce, and Auto International.

Why are these shows and exhibits important to you? The automobile industry professionals who take care of your car attend shows like these to keep their products and skills up to date.  Just like your doctor, lawyer, or accountant, ongoing training in the latest techniques pays off directly for you in used car value. Your repair technician will learn how to buy the correct parts for the most cost efficient price. Your collision repair shop will learn how to source used body parts for quicker turn times. Your automotive locksmith will discover new products to keep your car secure. Auto parts stores will find new products to customize your ride, or just make it perform better. Insurance companies, wholesale and salvage auto auctions, auto body structural repair specialists, and automotive data providers are all looking for the next big idea to improve the industry and quite possibly the car in your driveway.

We’ll be at the show and will report back here with some specific ideas and products that you can use.

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