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The Specialty Equipment Market Association continues to plan for an in-person 2020 SEMA Show, but organizers also are watching a spike in coronavirus cases in Las Vegas and working on a virtual element to meet the demand of international attendees who may face travel restrictions.

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Face Coverings Will Be Mandatory at SEMA Show

Attendees of this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association Show will be required to wear face masks or face shields as part of the association's COVID-19-related safety plan. 

SEMA Report Looks at Retail Sales Trends

Specialty aftermarket equipment retail sales will most likely be down 12% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to the new 2020 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Market Report.

Aftermarket Sales to Drop 8.8% This Year, Rebound in 2021

Total U.S. automotive aftermarket sales are forecast to decrease 8.8% in 2020 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related factors, according to the 2020 Joint Channel Forecast Model produced jointly by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association. But a rebound is expected to take place next year.

SEMA Details Health Precautions for November Show

In reference to its early-November show in Las Vegas, Nev., the Specialty Equipment Market Association says it is “focused on building the optimal business environment where showgoers will feel safe to congregate.”

Ascot Supply Fogger Cleans Surfaces

Ascot Supply Corp. is offering its Low Volume Compact Fogger paired with its Environmental Protection Agency-registered, fast-acting and odorless sanitizing solution as a powerfu­l and effective all-in-one disinfecting and sanitizing solution.

Most Repair Facilities Have Cut Pay During COVID-19

An updated survey from IMR Inc. shows how COVID-19 has upended the expectations and priorities of independent automotive repair shops and their technicians. The survey also shows the vast majority of providers — 84% — reported a decrease in revenue.