Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) of the automobile aftermarket was formed in 1963 by Roy Richter, Ed Iskenderian, Els Lohn, Willie Garner, Bob Hedman, Robert E. Wyman, John Bartlett, Phil Weiand Jr, Al Segal, Dean Moon, and Vic Edelbrock Jr. and now consists of 6,383 companies worldwide, bringing together aftermarket manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers (OEM), media, car dealers, specialty equipment distributors, installers, retailers, and restoration specialists.

The SEMA Show is the premier trade show geared to helpsmall businesses thrive and succeed. The trade-only event enables automotive specialty equipment manufacturers to display alongside automotive manufacturers to debut new, innovative products, and connect with industry buyers from all over the world.

The four-day event consistently attracts more than 161,000 individuals, including:

○ 71,000 quality buyer companies seeking the hottest products to sell in their shops  - 3,300 media representatives from both trade and consumer outlets  - 2,400 exhibiting companies  - representatives from more than 140 countries outside the United States

The 2,400 exhibiting companies consist of:

manufacturers of automotive accessories that enhance the performance, styling, comfort, convenience and safety of cars, trucks and SUVs

companies exhibiting at the SEMA Show for the very first time, which bring brand-new, innovative products to the market

major automakers and leading aftermarket manufacturers, but primarily small businesses that are owned and operated by automotive enthusiasts who know, love and understand vehicles inside and out

In addition to connecting manufacturers with buyers at the SEMA Show, the annual event provides value to participants through:

education seminars that focus on business strategies and techniques such as online marketing, customer service, product training and new vehicle technology

networking events where those in specific market segments are able to mingle with one another – something that is not as common today given today's technology

features and attractions that highlight industry trends, including live drifting demonstrations, hands-on workshops and more

The SEMA Show includes:

1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space and an additional 1 million square feet of features and attractions throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center, outside areas and neighboring Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino  - More than 3,000 products in the New Products Showcase  - 1,500 feature vehicles in both exhibitors' booths and throughout the convention center

The SEMA Show is organized by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the trade organization representing the $44.6 billion automotive aftermarket industry. In addition to organizing the premier automotive trade show in the world, SEMA offers members research, training, education, manufacturing support services, legislative advocacy, group-buying discounts, networking events and more.