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INDIAN COMPANY SEEKS SEMA-MEMBER COMPANIES FOR IMPORT ARRANGEMENT

An India-based company with plans for significant growth in the auto (passenger car) service sector is looking for aftermarket accessories for its retail site. SEMA members with a product portfolio matching the criteria below are encouraged to respond:

SPECIALTY-EQUIPMENT SALES ON THE RISE IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Distributors, specialty automotive media and other members of industry recently met in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the Automechanika Middle East Show to foster the growing customization market in the UAE and the five other nations comprising the Gulf Coast region (Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman).

SEMA Vice President of Communications and Events Peter MacGillivray provided the audience an overview of the United States specialty market, as well as SEMA-crafted model legislation used to foster an open market for specialty products. 

FREE INFORMATION ONLINE ABOUT NEW EUROPEAN CHEMICAL LEGISLATION

New European legislation on the use of chemicals, known as REACH—an abbreviation of Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals—calls for the registration of approximately 30,000 existing chemicals by manufacturer or user of any of the 30,000 chemicals in products sold in Europe. Pre-registration of existing substances began June 1, 2008, and must be completed by December 1, 2008.

CHINESE ENTHUSIASTS MAKE "ILLEGAL" PAINT JOBS THE HOTTEST TREND AT HOME

On the cover of the China Market Report (www.sema.org/international) is a photo of a Chrysler 300C with a fireball flame custom paint job on the hood and fenders. This picture was taken at the 2007 edition of the China International Automotive Aftermarket Industry Show, aka CIAAI, and it was the only car at the show that had this kind of custom paint.

EXPORTING TRUCK PARTS? CLICK HERE FOR THE BEST SELLERS IN TOP MARKETS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Thailand are the top markets for pickups outside the United States, with sales of these light trucks making up between 7%–20% of the overall passenger vehicle markets. In Thailand, where more than 158,000 Hilux Vigo’s were sold, pickups make up 65% of all car and light-truck sales. In Australia, the best-selling pickup was the Toyota Hilux. Other best sellers are the Ford F-Series in Canada, the Fiat Strada in Brazil and the Nissan pickup in Mexico.

EUROPEAN OFFICIALS EXPECTED TO IMPOSE CIGARETTE-STYLE WARNINGS ON AUTOMAKERS

The European Commission is expected to propose later this week new rules affecting new-car advertising in the 27 nations that make up the European Union. The executive branch of the European Union is likely to require a minimum of 20% of the space of new-vehicle advertising be devoted to information on fuel economy and C02 emissions. The regulations would cover any magazine, television and billboard advertising or point-of-sale displays in showrooms.

PROPOSAL TO REDUCE TIRE NOISE EXPECTED BEFORE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The European Commission is expected to shortly propose tire noise standards which are rumored to include a cut in tire noise of five or six decibels. The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association and the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA) have both come out against the proposal. The Commission is also expected to come out momentarily, in the same document, with limits on “rolling resistance” of tires setting maximum levels of friction levels between the tire and the road surface as additional measures to cut carbon emissions.

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