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What to Expect at the 2022 SEMA Show

In November 2022, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to the SEMA show website, this trade show is the only event that features “thousands of product innovations” in the automotive aftermarket industry.

The SEMA Show allows attendees to experience the latest trends in automotive products and custom vehicles. They also get access to over 70 free education sessions and numerous opportunities to connect with professional peers and celebrities.

If you’re considering attending SEMA’s automotive trade show event in Las Vegas, this guide breaks down what you can expect when you arrive.

SEMA Show Basics
The show will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 1 to November 4. It attracts over 161,000 individuals, including 71,000 quality buyers, 3,300 media reps, and 2,400 exhibiting companies from more than 140 countries. SEMA was founded in 1963, and the first official SEMA Show occurred in January 1967. It featured just 98 booths and around 3,000 attendees.

Who Can Attend?
The SEMA Show is a trade-only event. The general public cannot attend. To participate, you must own a business or work for a company in the automotive aftermarket industry. To verify your professional affiliation, supply these documents when registering:

  • A current, valid business card that includes your name, company name, job title, and address
  • A current, valid business license
  • A current, valid tax registration certificate or business registration certificate
  • Recent paycheck stubs
  • Business photo ID (should include your name, your company name, and photo)

The registration deadline is September 30. If you want to attend, gather these documents and finalize your travel plans as soon as possible.

You must register online if you plan to participate in the show and represent your business on the exhibition floor. The cost for exhibitors ranges based on the size of your booth. The SEMA member rate is $21.95 per net square foot, and the non-member rate is $36.95 per net square foot. The minimum booth size is 100 net square feet. All guests (attendees and exhibitors) can register for SEMA Show through this link.

If you decide to buy a booth for the SEMA show, you’ll be in good company. The following are just some of the exhibitors who plan to attend this year’s event:

  • AAD Performance
  • Blair Equipment Co.
  • Detail Guardz
  • Galaxy Wire Wheels
  • Granatelli Motor Sports, Inc.
  • K&P Engineering
  • Loki Box Design
  • Pacific Rim & Trim International
  • Puma Industries, Inc.
  • Synchrony Car Care by Synchrony
  • The Shell Corporation
  • Wizards Products

You can find a complete list of participating manufacturers here.

New Products
One of the best reasons to attend the SEMA Show is to check out the latest products in the automotive aftermarket industry. This year, over 3,000 new and featured products will be on display. When you find products that interest you, you can scan them using the convenient SEMA Show app. After scanning, you’ll easily access product images, descriptions, and the exhibitor booth number.

You can connect to manufacturers and build relationships more efficiently with these details.

Features and Events
In addition to perusing the trade show floor, you’ll also have a chance to participate in various events throughout this year’s SEMA Show. These are some of the most exciting ones to add to your itinerary:

  • SEMA Launch Pad: All kinds of new products are pitched in front of a panel of iconic judge
  • Battle of the Builders: A competition to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of SEMA’s vehicle builders
  • SEMA Cruise: An exciting parade of over 1,000 vehicles
  • SEMA Ignited: The show’s official afterparty

During SEMA Show, you can also meet some of your favorite celebrities, including Levi Green of Hammerfab, Dave Kindig, and Connie Manjavinos. Here’s a full list of celebrities scheduled to attend the 2022 event.

Want to brush up on your automotive skills? The SEMA Show offers various tracks to appeal to all attendees, regardless of your specific skill set or interests. The show currently features more than a dozen education tracks and over 100 sessions. Some of the tracks include:

  • Aftermarket Updates & Future Trends
  • Digital Marketing
  • Business Management
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Six Part-Leadership Essentials
  • Vehicle Technology
  • Legal & Regulatory
  • I-CAR Collision Repair Training

The SEMA Show also offers a student program, with over 200 schools already participating. Consider bringing your students to this event to get an exclusive view of the industry and all it offers.

Book Your Trip to SEMA Show Today
From finding information on aftermarket parts for cars and trucks to meeting your favorite celebrities, SEMA Show 2022 has something for every automotive enthusiast. Are you interested in attending this event? If so, get your ticket today.

If you’re planning on exhibiting and need help putting together an impressive booth, check out Skyline rental exhibits today. We can’t wait to work with you and develop the perfect, eye-catching display!