The SEMA Middle East Business Development Conference is a low-cost program providing the opportunity to meet face to face with buyers from throughout the Middle East. The 2013 event will take place March 13–16 at the Middle East Motor Tuning Show (MEMTS) at the Expo Centre Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The conference will be held in a dedicated SEMA hall.
In a joint effort, the Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) and the SEMA Education Institute (SEI) have developed a new online tool that allows manufacturers to efficiently and effectively provide product training to hundreds or even thousands of resellers throughout the industry. The program is designed to help manufacturers save money on product training and spur sales.
The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association’s (AAIA) Legacy electronic catalog standard was retired as of December 2012 and will no longer be supported or updated by AAIA. In order to meet the needs of today’s powerful business applications, the Legacy format has been replaced with the AAIA Catalog Enhanced Standard (ACES). Along with the vehicle configuration database, ACES provides a much more granular and rules-based standard. As the only industry-owned and operated data management service and centralized repository, the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) is fully compliant with the industry ACES and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES).
Technology is rapidly changing the way products are conceived and delivered to the market. From online open-innovation models to product-creation software and from surface-scanning tools to additive manufacturing equipment, businesses are changing how they approach product development.
Writer, educator and industry speaker Dick Dixon passed away November 15 after battling cancer. A three-time SEMA Ambassador of the Year and Motorsports Legends Hall of Fame inductee, Dixon lived by the philosophy that life was a sandbox from which to learn, work and play.
SEMA has finalized an agreement to purchase the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS)—the racing trade show that has been held annually in Indianapolis since 2009.
The IMIS will be consolidated with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, which returns to Indianapolis for 2013 and beyond. The 2013 PRI Trade Show will occupy the entire Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 12–14, 2013, as the show days.