Exhibitors and attendees are taking stock of the week’s festivities as the 2022 SEMA Show comes to a close in Las Vegas on Friday, November 4. While the show returned from its COVID-19 hiatus in 2021, the consensus from many was that this year’s show saw a true return to normalcy with respect to not only attendance but content as well.
The Las Vegas Convention Center and even its parking lots have been packed since the show opened on Tuesday, November 1.
Protech Automotive Solutions of Texas exhibited for the first time this year, says Thomas Piland, who was impressed with the overall organization of the show.
“For us specifically, it’s been a really good experience,” Piland says. “We’ve just had a lot of really good conversations; when you’re one-on-one, people really start opening up.”
Panther Pro’s Fit Glass system takes on all the weight in windshield replacements, allowing just one technician to perform the entirety of the replacement process.
“I think it’s great,” says Panther Pro’s Mark Norris of the show.
Korey Gobin, sales manager with Delta Kits in Oregon, says SEMA provides the opportunity to network with potential customers that would otherwise be difficult to reach. More than networking, the show is also a place for businesses to receive industry education.
“The show’s been good for us; it’s always good being around since we’re in collision and repair,” Gobin says. “It’s good seeing people that aren’t in our auto glass industry so we can explain auto glass to them, and explain how auto glass repair can help generate more revenue and supplement what you’re currently doing and not take away from what you’re currently doing.”
Gobin also says that those with additional questions are directed to the Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard (ROLAGS) for more information on repair best practices.
“We use that resource to actually educate people on what windshield repair is and what to expect from it. There’s a very good turnout this year compared to last year.”