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  • SEMA launched the largest grassroots effort in its 46-year history earlier this year to keep a national “Cash for Clunkers” program out of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill. The campaign was a success. Nevertheless, some lawmakers remain committed to using a vehicle scrappage program as a means to spur new-car sales. They are now citing a flawed German program as a model for America. Read more...

  • The laws and regulations that govern how SEMA members do business have an increased and growing impact on the way automotive specialty-equipment products are made, distributed and marketed.

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Computer Tools for Design

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SEMA News, May 2009: SEMA Technology - Computer Tools for Design

In a recent SEMA survey of specialty-equipment manufacturers, 83% of respondents said that they use computer-aided design (CAD) software as part of their new-product design process. It is an indication that our industry is embracing CAD as it has become more attainable and easy to use due in large part to the constant gains in processing power that today’s PCs provide.

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Customized Solutions to Industry Challenges

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SEMA News, May 2009: From The Hill - Customized Solutions to Industry Challenges

Officials across the country are constantly working on legislative and regulatory proposals that have a direct impact on our industry and your customers. The SEMA Government Affairs Office advocates in support of pro-industry initiatives, and when needed, opposes unfair or restrictive legislation. Here are just a few of the issues facing each of the market segments within our industry.

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Mines Field

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SEMA News, May 2009: SEMA Heritage - Mines Field

Years before Bill France Sr. organized stock car racing on Florida’s most famous beach, stock cars of a different sort went wheel to wheel on tracks around the country. The idea was to pit cars in showroom-floor tune—primarily Fords, as it turned out— against one another to demonstrate their performance chops for prospective buyers.

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Proven Performance

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SEMA News, May 2009: From The Hill / Cover Story - Proven Performance

The laws and regulations that govern how SEMA members do business have an increased and growing impact on the way automotive specialty-equipment products are made, distributed and marketed. SEMA has a proven legislative and regulatory program led by a fulltime professional staff based in Washington, D.C., that continually works on behalf of the membership.

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The SEMA Show 2009: Accelerating Into 2010

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SEMA News, May 2009: Chris Kersting - The SEMA Show 2009: Accelerating Into 2010

It seems a long way off, but SEMA members are busy weighing in with plans for the SEMA Show in November. What can we expect from the 2009 SEMA Show? It’s shaping up to be a critical event at a critical time for anyone looking to do business in 2010.

We’ve witnessed the economy and businesses in all respects adjusting downward. Because the industry is the SEMA Show, the Show will reflect the industry’s changes. Meanwhile, the SEMA Show will again be the world’s leading event for connecting buyers and manufacturers, introducing new products and positioning businesses for the coming market rebound.

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Web 2.0-Enabled Press Releases

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SEMA News, May 2009: Internet - Web 2.0-Enabled Press Releases

With business communications moving at the speed of fiber-optic light for years now, it’s no wonder that the humble press release has finally caught up. Shaking off its dead-tree past for good, today’s reinvented press release is packed with a number of web 2.0 elements that make it much more interactive and, as some of the digerati might say, much more “web-viral ready.”

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From The Hill

  • SEMA members responded to a comprehensive survey conducted in early 2009 with a clear message that the nation’s health care system is broken.

  • In its daily efforts to promote and protect the auto hobby, SEMA continues to partner with state lawmakers from across the country through the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus.

  • You will find fans of the auto hobby and racing everywhere, even in the hallowed halls of Congress.

  • Having an active and vocal presence in Washington, D.C., is vital to protecting the livelihood of our industry. 

  • The laws and regulations that govern how SEMA members do business have an increased and growing impact on the way automotive specialty-equipment products are made, distributed and marketed.

Government Affairs

  • Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

  • Since its inception in 1997, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) has become a potent force in advocating on behalf of the automotive community.

  • SEMA launched the largest grassroots effort in its 46-year history earlier this year to keep a national “Cash for Clunkers” program out of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill. The campaign was a success. Nevertheless, some lawmakers remain committed to using a vehicle scrappage program as a means to spur new-car sales. They are now citing a flawed German program as a model for America. Read more...

  • Officials across the country are constantly working on legislative and regulatory proposals that have a direct impact on our industry and your customers.

Industry News

  • Hundreds of exhibitors have already signed up for the 2009 SEMA Show, November 3–6, in Las Vegas.

  • Service takes many forms. Every company in the specialty-equipment industry benefits from those who give their time, skill and energy to help SEMA businesses thrive and prosper.

Inside SEMA

  • SEMA News: Can you briefly explain your role and the role of your department at SEMA?

    Alise Miner: The role of my department is to assist in the day-to-day operations of the association.

International

Internet

  • With business communications moving at the speed of fiber-optic light for years now, it’s no wonder that the humble press release has finally caught up.

Required Reading

  • Each day, new laws are being considered that may significantly impact your business.

SEMA Heritage

  • Years before Bill France Sr. organized stock car racing on Florida’s most famous beach, stock cars of a different sort went wheel to wheel on tracks around the country.

SEMA Technology

  • In a recent SEMA survey of specialty-equipment manufacturers, 83% of respondents said that they use computer-aided design (CAD) software as part of their new-product design process.