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2009 SEMA Show Exhibitors Ignite Passion with Power & Performance

Here are just some of the racing and performance products that debuted at the 2009 SEMA Show.

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Identifying Performance Parts Trends

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The automotive specialty-equipment industry was born in the racing and performance segment. In fact, the original name of SEMA, now the Specialty Equipment Market Association, was the Speed Equipment Manufacturer’s Association. While the name and the industry evolved to include an array of more than 7,000 businesses, racing and performance still deliver the iconic images that people associate with automotive accessories.

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Tires, Wheels & Equipment Exhibitors

From A–Z, the companies that had the South Hall rolling.

SEMA News - February 2010

From A–Z, the Companies That Had the South Hall Rolling

 

Ace Alloy Wheel/Decorsa Wheels
909/628-6680
www.acealloywheel.com
www.decorsa.com
www.kaneiusa.com

Achieva Rubber Corp.
310/328-8868
www.achievatires.com

Advanced Structural Alloys LLC
805/612-2152
www.advancedstructuralalloys.com

Aftersoft Network N.A. Inc.
949/488-8860 x116
www.aftersoftna.com

Top 100 – Tire and Wheel Retailers

Thousands of buyers from the tire and wheel market spent a portion of their 2009 SEMA Show week scanning bar codes from the New Products Showcase and visiting exhibitor booths to identify the next must-have tire and wheel gear for their local markets.

SEMA News - February 2010

SEMA NEWS-FEBRUARY 2010-BUSINESSWheel and Tire Retailers Take the 2009 SEMA Show by Storm

Thousands of buyers from the tire and wheel market spent a portion of their 2009 SEMA Show week scanning bar codes from the New Products Showcase and visiting exhibitor booths to identify the next must-have tire and wheel gear for their local markets.

Wayne Croswell -Tire Industry Association President

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When his software company asked him to become vice president of operations for a newly acquired tire industry company, tires had “no appeal for me whatsoever,” said Wayne Croswell. That was 32 years ago. Now, Croswell is president of ASA Tire Systems and the new president of the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

“I fell in love with the industry and the people, and it got into my blood,” he said.

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Tires, Wheels & Equipment New Products

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There were 290 tire exhibitors at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas last November, and tire buyers accounted for 9.4% of the total buyers who attended. In fact, their ranks made up the second-largest buyer group at the Show. This issue of SEMA News focuses on tire and wheel business.

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Trends on a Roll: Tire & Wheel Market

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No single element can change the look of a car or truck like a set of tires and wheels. Thin or thick sidewalls, tall or small, chrome or painted, steel or aluminum—the combinations are endless, and each can thoroughly alter the appearance and the functionality of the vehicle. At last November’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, a group of enthusiasts who were taking part in a marketing study confirmed the popularity of tire and wheel modifications.

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Roy Littlefield - Tire Industry Association Executive Vice President

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Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), gives lectures to students as part of his “hobby”—a job as an adjunct professor of politics and American history at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. But he isn’t interested in lecturing SEMA about the decline in tire manufacturers’ participation in the annual SEMA Show. He’d rather talk about how to lure the manufacturers back.

“The bottom line is communication,” said Littlefield. “The big companies want to feel like it is their show.”

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The 2009 SEMA Show First-Time Exhibitors

For 2009, more than 450 companies experienced exhibiting for the first time at what is the specialty-equipment industry’s hottest showcase for new products and technology—the SEMA Show.

SEMA News - January 2010

Show Attendees Get First-Look at Exciting New Offerings From More Than 450 Debuting Companies

For 2009, more than 450 companies experienced exhibiting for the first time at what is the specialty-equipment industry’s hottest showcase for new products and technology—the SEMA Show. Amid the buzz that filled the Las Vegas Convention
Center, the 458 first-time exhibitors (compared to 470 the previous year) were able to introduce their new products to tens of thousands of industry leaders.

The 2009 SEMA Show Photo Portfolio

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Admittedly, we couldn't fit everything in this 16 page PDF, but we came pretty darn close.

Experience the style, technology and innovation that was on display at the 2009 SEMA Show in this 16-page full color photo gallery.

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