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Specialty-Equipment Opportunities: Jeep Sales Rise in China and Russia

Chrysler’s Jeep brand has seen a resurgence in recent years, winning awards that range from the Grand Cherokee’s 2011 Urban Truck of the Year to the Wrangler’s 2012 Four Wheeler of the Year.

California Manufacturing Technology Center Offers Free Export Workshop

The California Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC) is sponsoring a half-day complimentary export workshop April 3, 2012, from 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. at the Irvine Chamber of Commerce in Irvine, California.

Turn International Event Leads Into Sales

The U.S. Department of Commerce is hosting a webinar next Tuesday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) designed to maximum U.S. company sales with  international buyers at trade shows.

Five Factors Fueling Brazil's Rising Automotive Aftermarket

Brazil has long been on a short list of automotive specialty-equipment markets that SEMA is tracking as having the potential to develop into one of the world’s most important.

New Government Panel Established to Investigate Unfair Trade Practices

President Obama has created a new Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) to enhance the administration's capabilities to aggressively challenge unfair foreign trade practices.

Global Media Awards: Products With International Appeal

A total of 150 SEMA Show exhibitors received international recognition for 257 new products released at the 2011 SEMA Show through the Global Media Awards.

President Obama Seeks to Merge Federal Agencies; Export-Related Programs to Undergo Makeover

President Obama wants Congress to grant him authority to reorganize the federal government, starting with the merger of one department and five agencies that govern business, trade and export issues. Former presidents had such authority for more than 50 years, from the Hoover through Reagan administrations. President Obama has requested a 90-day fast-track procedure, giving Congress an up-or-down vote on each proposal. The intent is to consolidate functions and reduce duplication and the federal workforce.

SEMA Members Meet With Potential Customers in China, Witness Growing Demand First-Hand

A group of SEMA-member manufacturers recently descended on the Chinese capitol of Beijing, for the second annual SEMA China International Auto Parts Expo (CIAPE) China Business Development Program—an intensive three days of networking and one-on-one meetings with Chinese buyers from 24 cities throughout China.

SEMA Inaugural Middle-East Trip Sold Out: Waiting List Started

The April 2012 SEMA Middle East Business Development Program in the United Arab Emirates has now sold out. A waiting list has been started online, and those registering will be invited to participate on a space-available basis.

3 Slots Left for 2012 SEMA Middle East Business Development Conference

There are three slots left for the inaugural one-on one-meetings with buyers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar taking place April 17–20, 2012, in the UAE.
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