The trade show, held in Las Vegas just three weeks before SEMA, included 170 exhibitors, down 28 percent from last year and the fewest since 1985. But the MSO Symposium continued to prove popular, attracting nearly 300 MSO representatives, and exhibitors said they appreciated that the welcome party and a dozen free informational sessions were held on the show floor.
Also widely praised was the opening keynote address by industry trainer and consultant Mike Anderson. Among his messages: A study following the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster found that a culture at NASA of “relaxing safety standards to meet financial and time constraints” set the stage for that failure.
“If we continue to let certain things dictate our industry, we’re going to have a catastrophe like the Space Shuttle Challenger,” Anderson said.
In some ways, he said, insurer pressures to cut cycle time have forced the industry to improve.
“But if we keep focusing on cycle time and … severity because we’re afraid about the costs being too high, if we start focusing on the wrong things, we’re going to have a catastrophic event just like NASA did,” Anderson said.
– As reported in CRASH Network (www.CrashNetwork.com), October 21, 2013. Since 2014, the trade show has been renamed NACE Automechanika and has been held in Detroit, Chicago, Anaheim and Atlanta. It is slated to return to Atlanta in 2019.