AkzoNobel has announced its programming for the 2023 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, and Dave Kindig, television star of MotorTrend Network’s Bitchin’ Rides show, now in its 10th season, and creator of custom car company, Kindig-it Design, will once again play a major role. SEMA takes place from Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. AkzoNobel will have a booth inside Central Hall, dedicated to Sikkens and its patented, state-of-the-art, digital body shop workflow control solution Carbeat® (booth #22957). AkzoNobel Acoat Selected service consultants will be on hand to meet with customers and provide Carbeat demonstrations each day of the show. In addition, AkzoNobel’s booth will feature two amazing builds by Kindig-it Design, one of which is a celebrity’s vehicle, built by Kindig-it Design and painted in Modern Classikk, that will be unveiled at 9:15am on day one of the SEMA Show. The other featured AkzoNobel booth vehicle is a red hot Kindig-it custom roadster painted with Sikkens, AkzoNobel’s flagship automotive refinish paint brand.
Outside Central Hall in the Silver Lot, AkzoNobel and Kindig-it Design share 2,400 square feet of exhibit space (#81070), displaying several one-of-a-kind vehicles, including the Bitchin’ Bronco painted with Sikkens and featured on recent episodes of Bitchin' Rides.
“The SEMA Show is the largest event we do, and we’re excited to be contributing in many ways again this year,” said Jen Poliski, marketing communications manager – North America, AkzoNobel Automotive & Specialty Coatings. “Our relationship with Dave Kindig continues to expand and provide a lot of excitement for us; and SEMA provides the best opportunity for us to showcase how he uses our paints to help create his masterpieces.”
Dave Kindig Partnership
Earlier this year, AkzoNobel was excited to announce Dave Kindig as its brand ambassador for Sikkens. As such, Dave will make appearances and sign autographs every day throughout SEMA in the morning at booth #22957 in Central Hall, and in the afternoon at outdoor rig #81070 in the Silver Lot. In addition to daily autograph sessions with Kindig, the AkzoNobel outdoor exhibit will be home to two of Kindig’s CF Roadster masterpieces in addition to the Bitchin’ Bronco mentioned above. Each of these cars feature Modern Classikk paints, which are also the result of Kindig’s partnership with AkzoNobel. The full line of Modern Classikk custom finishes now includes over 40 basecoat colors and four reducers.
AkzoNobel will also have its paint featured on show cars throughout the massive event, including:
- 1951 Chevy 3100 Pickup by Miller & Son Collision – painted with Lesonal
- 1986 Ford Mustang GT by Andrew Schenk – painted with Sikkens
- 1963 VW Double Cab painted with Sikkens Autowave
- 1967 Ford Shelby Cobra by the Austin Hatcher Foundation and painted with Modern Classikk “No Strings White”
- 1977 Jeep J10 Extended Cab (only one of its kind) by Mike Smith painted with Wanda
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On the educational front, AkzoNobel employees and customers will share industry insights and thought leadership regarding some of the most important topics affecting the collision repair industry today. On Tuesday, Oct. 31, Tony Adams kicks off the first day of the SEMA Show by sharing insights on improving employee retention and engagement through communications in his talk, “Freedom to speak?” Also Tuesday, AkzoNobel customer Andrew Batenhorst presents his insights on the “Death of the ‘estimator’ role.” Wednesday, Nov. 1, Tony Adams and Tim Ronak are joined by customers Stephen Bozer and Kena Dacus for what is sure to be a lively and engaging discussion, “Changing the world with a four-day workweek?” Don’t miss these invaluable SCRS Repairer Driven Educational Sessions. For more information and to sign-up for these valuable educational sessions, visit https://scrs.com/sema-rde-registration/