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SEMA Awarded Federal Grant to Increase Aftermarket Product and Accessory Exports

SEMA has been awarded part of a $2.2M federal grant to expand exports of automotive aftermarket products into foreign markets, including Russia, the United Arab Emirates and China.

Exhibitors: How to Connect With International Buyers

Twenty-five percent of buyers attending the 2014 SEMA Show reside outside the United States. Want to know how to reach these buyers?

SEMA Awarded $300K to Increase U.S. Exports, Create Jobs

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig has announced that SEMA will receive $300,000 from the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) to help the automotive specialty-equipment industry to generate exports to Russia.

Registration Ends Today for China Business Development Tour

Registration for the 2014 SEMA China Business Development Tour ends Thursday, August 21. Participants will be part of a 30 member-company group of manufacturers and have the opportunity to visit with buyers at two events—one in Beijing and the other in Shanghai.

4 Ways to Connect With More SEMA Show Buyers

Show attendees are invited to participate in three interactive sessions with experts discussing the best-selling products for street performance, off-roading and other growing niches in emerging international markets. Exhibitors are also invited to attend the 11th annual International Happy Hour to network with buyers and distributors.

Meet Distributors, Retailers From One of the World's Fastest-Growing Specialty Markets

Resellers from throughout China will be attending the upcoming 2014 SEMA China Business Development Tour, September 16–20, 2014. Wholesalers, retailers and installers are all looking for the latest products to meet the growing interest in vehicle customization.  

U.S. Products Wanted for Booming Chinese Off-Road Market

The specialty-equipment market in China is booming, with perhaps no sector growing at a faster pace than the off-road market. Full-size pickups, including the Ford Raptor and Toyota Tundra, and Jeep Wrangler and Land Cruiser are the vehicles of choice for truck enthusiasts.

Products Chinese Distributors and Buyers Want to Source From the United States

Performance and off-road products figure prominently in the type of products Chinese wholesalers and retailers want to source from U.S. companies, according to early buyer registration for the upcoming 2014 SEMA China Business Development Tour.

Registration Now Open for 2014 SEMA China Tour

Sign up now for one of the limited slots for the 2014 SEMA China Business Development Tour, which is designed to explore the growing specialty market for 1.3 billion Chinese consumers. The 2014 SEMA tour, to be held September 16–20, will travel to two of the most important cities in regards to customization—Shanghai and Beijing.

SEMA Members Expand Export Connections in Middle East

Todd Lindblade, regional sales manager for Extang, based in Michigan, explained one of the reasons why his company and 41 other SEMA members recently spent a week in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) meeting with buyers from throughout the region.
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