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  • Posted on:
    Apr 20 2011

    Washington joined the growing list of states to enact SEMA model legislation to amend the vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and create a classification for custom vehicles.. The bill was approved by the Washington State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire.  Under the new law, a street rod is defined as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 30 years old and manufactured after 1948.  Importantly, kit cars and replica vehicles will be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble. 

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    Apr 14 2011

    After Congress acted last week to repeal the costly 1099 reporting requirement included in last year's health care law, President Obama today signed the legislation into law.  SEMA congratulates Congress and the President for acting to eliminate this burdensome requirement. Through this bipartisan agreement, small business owners can continue to focus on economic growth and revitalization.

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    Apr 06 2011

    Attendee and media registration for the 2011 SEMA Show is now open at www.SEMAshow.com/register. The annual trade-only event takes place Tuesday-Friday, November 1-4, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Mar 30 2011

    Candidates for the 2011 SEMA Board of Directors election have been announced. In addition to the 17 members vying for a seat on the Board, this year's election includes voting for the Chairman-Elect. The Chairman-Elect plays a critical role in the industry, serving as Chairman-Elect for two years before transitioning to the Chairman of the Board position.

  • Posted on:
    Mar 21 2011

    Applications are now available to exhibit at the 2011 SEMA Show, the premier automotive trade event where manufacturers of specialty parts and accessories connect face-to-face with more than 50,000 quality buyers from throughout the world.  The application, also called the Exhibit Space Rental Agreement - or ESRA, is available here.

  • Posted on:
    Mar 09 2011

    Nominations are now being accepted for the SEMA Hall of Fame. Created in 1969, the SEMA Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award presented to an individual by the association. It is designed to honor outstanding persons in the industry who have enhanced the stature of, or significantly contributed to, the industry and/or association's growth.

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    Mar 08 2011

    Along with defending the rights of hobbyists across the United States and Canada, the SAN is now making dreams come true with a chance to attend the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Known as the SAN Challenge, SAN members will have the opportunity to compete for the grand prize, two entry passes to the Show, lodging and airfare to Las Vegas for this otherwise industry-only event.

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    Mar 07 2011

    The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry, released the results of a new study entitled "Influence of Accessories on New Vehicle Sales." Key findings are that accessories influence more than 1 million new vehicle sales each year, help reinforce customer satisfaction, and can substantially increase sales at the dealership level.  In addition, the study shows that accessorization can influence new car shoppers to choose vehicle platforms that are accessory-friendly, even influencing those who do not actually accessorize their vehicle.

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    Mar 03 2011

    Officials with the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) have signed a memo of understanding with SEMA that recognizes the growing importance of the specialty equipment market in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Posted on:
    Feb 22 2011

    The Professional Restylers Organization (PRO), a council of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), will host the 2nd annual Technical Skills & Training Conference (TSTC), a one-day training program where installers and restylers will be able to learn about new products, sharpen installation skills and directly engage with industry manufacturers.