SEMA Show 2013 attendance increases 7%
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced that more than 126,000 credentials were issued prior to the 2013 SEMA Show, with thousands more processed onsite, representing a 7% increase over the previous year, and the highest in SEMA Show history.
“A trade show is a reflection of the industry it serves,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA CEO and president. “The unprecedented participation levels this year indicate the industry is moving into growth mode. This was a record-breaking year and we’re seeing companies ready and eager to do business.”
On the show floor were 2,381 exhibiting companies, including the Global Tire Expo, and representing all facets of the automotive specialty-equipment market such as: tires; wheels; accessory and appearance products; performance products; and suspension.
Representing mostly small businesses, the exhibitors turn to the SEMA Show to connect with more than 60,000 buyers from throughout the world.
“We’re seeing more exhibitors take part in programs such as the New Products Showcase,” said Kersting. “More than 2,000 entries were submitted into the Showcase, with the best-of-the-best receiving special recognition."
The SEMA Annual Market Report, available exclusively to SEMA members at http://www.sema.org/automotive-aftermarket-research, estimates there was $31.32 billion in retail sales in 2012, up from less than $28 billion during the height of the recession in 2009. SEMA says based on the 2013 Show, this year promises to continue that upward trend.