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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.

Discover Global Markets: Focus on Europe

The U.S. Commercial Service and the District Export Council of Southern California present "Discover Global Markets: Focus on Europe," June 3–4 at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles. Pre-registration is required.

Learn How to Grow Your Export Business at the Inland Empire World Trade Conference

Southern California's Inland Empire-based companies interested in growing their export business are invited to attend the 2014 Annual Inland Empire World Trade Conference, organized by the California Inland Empire District Council (CIEDEC) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Global Markets and U.S. Representative Gloria Negrete McLeod. 

Jeep Debuts Concept Vehicles at the Beijing Motor Show

The Jeep brand introduced four new design concepts at the 2014 Beijing International Motor Show earlier this week. The four design concepts include two interpretations of the all-new Jeep Cherokee—the Sageland and Urbane—a premium, luxury version of the Jeep Wrangler called the Jeep Wrangler Sundancer, and the Zi You Xia, a special design concept based on the all-new ’15 Jeep Renegade.

International Spotlight: Japan's Healthy Custom-Car Market

Though Japan slipped from the number-three car consumer worldwide in 2011 to number five in 2012, love for automobiles remains very strong among the Japanese. Like Americans, the Japanese are holding on to their cars longer, which makes for a very interesting opportunity for the custom market.
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