The New Guy by Chris Collier
by Chris Collier
November 9th, 2022

A Sin City Slideshow

The SEMA Show is home to an automotive industry propelled by restyling and car care accessories—namely window film, paint protection film (PPF) and ceramic coatings. The West Hall featured dozens of annual exhibitors, and it was a lot to take in. Let’s scroll through my event camera roll and re-live the event in full focus.

Like the window film, PPF and ceramic coatings industries, the SEMA Show is continuously evolving. Event organizers said the SEMA show will shift into a new event called SEMA Week starting in 2023, including the traditional trade show and new activities.

SEMA Week will host activities in multiple parts of Las Vegas, instead of exclusively at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The change will also make SEMA activities more accessible to the public, instead of the current format that is more targeted at the aftermarket industry, per organizers.

The new activities and locations will be introduced gradually over five years, the organizers said.

“By creating SEMA Week and SEMA Fest, we will be able to maintain the integrity of the trade show that makes it a must-attend event for automotive professionals while introducing a new platform for enthusiasts and the industry to engage with one another,” James Lawrence, SEMA’s chairman, said.

The SEMA Show serves as a hub for the aftermarket industry, allowing exhibitors and attendees to meet in the middle for business growth and advancement. It will be interesting to see if these entertainment elements affect that event segment.

Supplier Spotlights

The 2022 SEMA Show was home to dozens of industry suppliers. Our team caught up with 12 for snapshots spotlighting their latest company happenings.

1. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: Avery Dennison

2. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: 3M

3. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: Eastman

4. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: Madico

5. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: CoolVu

6. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: Ceramic Pro

7. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: Johnson Window Films

8. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: UPPF

9. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: XPEL

10. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: Maxpro Window Films

11. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: Ivios

12. SEMA 2022 Snapshots: Global Window Films

That’s a wrap for the 2022 SEMA Show, but there’s plenty on the horizon. During the event, our team announced that the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ 2023 is heading to the oceanside town of Virginia Beach, Va. Lock in the dates of September 20-22 as the education, exciting competitions, exhibition floor and excellent experiences head East.

Visit wfctevent.com to sign up for regular event updates to be sent directly. That will ensure you don’t miss any deadlines, opportunities or announcements surrounding 2023 programs.

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