SEMA Show Highlights: Thursday, Nov. 4

Article reprinted from: Autobody News

On the third day of the SEMA Show, Thursday, Nov. 4, attendees had an opportunity to walk throughout the West, South, North and Central halls as well as the outside lots where more than 1,300 exhibiting companies are showcasing their products and services.

These include exhibits from several auto manufacturers, including American Honda MotorFord Motor CompanyGeneral Motors and Lexus.

Showgoers can also visit the New Products Showcase #31255, Upper South Hall, to view thousands of new products and the 2021 award winners.

One of the highlights during the day was the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, held as part of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education (RDE) Series. Three sessions took place.

The first, “Electric Vehicles,” featured representatives from GMLucid Motors and Rivian. The session explored the unique vehicle platforms of the participating manufacturers and how they will impact the collision repair industry in the future.

The summit also included a session on “Vehicle Research & Trends” and “ADAS & Safety.” For more information about the SCRS RDE sessions throughout the week, click here.

SCRS and I-CAR presentations continued to be held on the Collision Repair Stage #32145 in the Upper South Hall. On Nov. 4, there were discussions on I-CAR ADAS expansion, Subaru certification, non-repairable bumper covers, accessing Ford repair information and four-stage paint and matte from BASF and AkzoNobel.

On Nov. 5, attendees have the opportunity to learn about recycled parts, following Honda/Acura repair procedures to replace laser-brazed roofs, what to look for in regard to sublet, and Jaguar/Land Rover welding certification.

All sessions will be recorded and posted online at www.i-car.com/RTS.

The day wrapped up with the SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet. The premiere awards ceremony is typically attended by 3,000 automotive professionals, celebrities and industry supporters.

During the event, awards are given out in the following categories: SEMA Person of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, WD of the Year and Gen-III Innovator of the Year. In addition, tributes will be made to the 2021 Hall of Inductees: Jessi CombsRick LoveBob Moore and Carl Schiefer.

Other highlights at the show include the Overland Experience #55271, which debuted at the 2019 SEMA Show and showcases vehicles built for overlanding, and the West Coast Customs Experience #71000, which features a Dodge Charger and a Dodge Challenger with a West Coast Customs Edition wide-body kit on display. Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO of West Coast Customs, and celebrity guests will visit the booth throughout the week.

The SEMA Show App provides access to a comprehensive list of exhibitors, events and celebrity appearances throughout the week.

For more information about the SEMA Show and to register, visit semashow.com.