Leaders of both the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) say their 2020 events will go on as scheduled.
Nathan Ridnouer, vice president of SEMA councils and membership, told members of the Wheel and Tire Council on May 6 that the 2020 SEMA Show, scheduled for Nov. 3-6, will happen. In addition to the SEMA Show, SEMA also hosts the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in December in Indianapolis. The PRI event also will go on as scheduled.
The organization is building a coalition of companies that host trade shows to understand the precautions others are putting in place. Details of what exhibitors and show attendees can expect in terms of safety protocols likely won’t be publicized until closer to the event.SEMA will post updates on this website.
Ridnouer says there are “right around 2,000 companies that have put money down and are reserving their space for the 2020 SEMA Show.” He acknowledged that exhibitor registrations are down by 100 to 200 companies compared to a typical year.
McCarthy said there are “a number of shows” scheduled before AAPEX at the Sands and Venetian, “so we’ll be watching those other shows, we’ll be learning from them. We’ll make sure that AAPEX is building on the lessons learned, the best practices again to ensure attendees’ health and safety.”