DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2013) — The number of exhibitors for this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association Show will exceed 2,500, the highest in the event's 47-year history, the organizers said.
SEMA also said it expects attendance at the Nov. 5-8 show to hit 130,000, the majority of whom are small business owners.
"We expect to fill every nook and cranny at the Las Vegas Convention Center this year," said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA vice president of events and communications, who noted the show has contracted space for exhibition at the LVH Hotel adjacent to the convention center.
Event attractions include:
c New Products: Nearly 2,000 never-before-seen products have already been entered in this year's SEMA New Product Showcase.
c Special Appearances: Master builders Troy Trepanier and Chip Foose, West Coast Custom's Ryan Friedlinghaus, NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Danica Patrick, Vin Diesel's 1969 Dodge Challenger from The Fast and the Furious and the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Audi R18 LMP1 are some of the special appearances this year.
c Special Events: Gatherings like the Exhibitor Appreciation Party and SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, along with new events — such as Cars and Coffee SEMA Edition — are just part of the special events at this year's show.
c Education: Free and "Pay-to-Attend" courses provide an opportunity to learn first-hand what trends will affect business. Highlights include seminars on how to leverage the SEMA Data Co-op, the definitive, industry owned and operated centralized data repository that helps drive sales.