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Wade Kawasaki, Merritt Blakeslee Share Insight on Developing a Robust IPR Strategy in China

Wade Kawasaki, president of Exports International, longtime SEMA member and former member of the SEMA Board of Directors, will explore the correlation between selling in the Chinese market and intellectual property violations. Kawasaki will join IPR guru Merritt R. Blakeslee of the Blakeslee Law Firm on July 8, to help SEMA members learn about best practices in protecting their intellectual property assets.

Sign Up by July 1 to Get Your Share of the Wide-Open Market for Jeep Parts in China

SEMA members who produce accessories for Jeep-brand vehicles take notice: China is awash in Jeeps, and Jeep owners are some of China’s most enthusiastic off-roaders. They are looking for imported brands when it comes to modifying their off-road machines.

Chinese Drivers Want U.S. Brakes–Reach Out to Them Through Exclusive SEMA Conference

Drivers in China are going farther and faster and that is creating opportunities for U.S. brake manufacturers.

“Roads in China are getting better each year, so cars go faster and more demands are placed on brake products,” said a Shandong, China-based performance parts importer, retailer and wholesaler located in the northeast part of the country. “Foreign brands have good word of mouth and good feedback, thus I think they have a good future.”

U.S. Government Investigates Chinese Intellectual Property Rights Infringement

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has initiated an investigation into the effects of Chinese intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement on U.S. jobs and the economy, along with China's so-called “indigenous innovation policies.” The latter refers to a Chinese initiative, which encourages domestic companies to develop their own technology and brands instead of simply manufacturing foreign products.

Join SCT and Other SEMA-Member Companies in China in September

Convincing your colleagues that the rewards of selling to overseas market are worth the risks can be tough. But it paid off for SEMA member SCT LLC. SCT aims to add a new international market to its list when it attends the SEMA CIAPE China Business Development Conference in Beijing in late September.

Build Your Brand's European Presence With an Exhibit at Automechanika Frankfurt

A few booths are still available in the USA pavilion in Hall 4.1 during the upcoming Automechanika show taking place in Frankfurt September 14–19. Held every other year, the show features everything from automotive components, accessories, garage equipment, refueling and car washing. For more information regarding exhibition opportunities, contact Bridget Ferris at

International Trips to the SEMA Show Just Got Easier

A number of services are available to make it easier for international visitors to travel to and do business at the 2010 SEMA Show, taking place Tuesday–Friday, November 2–5, in Las Vegas.

Grab Your Space in the World's Fastest Growing Auto Market by July 1

SEMA members can sign up to meet with up to a dozen, pre-vetted Chinese distributors at the inaugural SEMA CIAPE China Business Development Conference taking place September 23–26 in Beijing, China. Register online by July 1 in order to receive priority space selection.

Luxury Car Sales Spur Chinese Demand for Performance Products and Dynos

The market for performance dynamometers in China is modest at the moment, reflecting the newness of the country’s performance car culture. But China is a market to watch, said companies making the high-tech tuning machines. One thing that should boost demand for dynos in China is the fast growth in luxury car sales. Luxury car buyers want, and can afford, performance-boosting products for their car. Tuner shops will need dynos to guarantee top performance. Dyno manufacturers are betting on the market growing and are actively signing up distributors to supply these new potential customers.

Find Out Which Products Chinese Distributors and Buyers Wish to Source From the United States

Nearly two-dozen distributors and buyers have contacted SEMA to introduce themselves and the products they hope to source at the SEMA China International Auto Parts Expo (CIAPE) business development conference, held in Beijing, China, September 23–26, 2010. Performance and off-road products figure prominently in the type of products Chinese wholesalers and retailers want to source from U.S. companies.
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