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  • 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.
  • The 2009 SEMA Show kicked off with the annual New Product Awards Breakfast, where 36 of the hottest new products for 2010 received their first of many accolades.
  • Admittedly, we couldn't fit everything in this 16 page PDF, but we came pretty darn close.
  • A total of 1,745 companies exhibited at the mecca of automotive trade shows, and they were joined by more than 120,000 retailers, warehouse distributors, members of the media and other attendees, with about 24% of the registered buyers coming from outside the United States.
  • More than 200 innovations from companies new to the SEMA Show.
  • When AE Distributing designed the packaging for the Contour HD 1080p camera, it kept in mind one of the challenges that customers often face...
  • This is my first time to the SEMA Show, and the New Products Showcase is very cool. I like the way it’s laid out by categories, and I’m amazed at all the things that I didn’t know about.

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A High-Quality SEMA Show

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SEMA News, January 2010: Cover Story - A High-Quality SEMA Show

Quality is our mantra. It is the theme underlying everything we do at the association, and it was our goal for the 2009 SEMA Show. The feedback we’ve received indicates that the Show was a success by any measure, and we’ll use the information we’ve collected to produce an even better event for 2010.

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Award Winning New Products

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SEMA News, January 2010: Cover Story - Award Winning New Products

The 2009 SEMA Show kicked off with the annual New Product Awards Breakfast, where 36 of the hottest new products for 2010 received their first of many accolades. More than 1,400 products across 13 judging categories were reviewed for consideration by a panel of specialty-equipment industry veterans.

Once their votes were tabulated, the award ceremony began with a keynote address from X Prize Chairman and CEO Dr. Peter H. Diamandis. During his remarks, Diamandis reminded attendees why the SEMA Show’s New Products Showcase is a critical barometer for the industry. Small groups of individuals with ideas supported by technology are going to shape the future, a reality he referred to as “revolution through competition.” The following companies rose to the challenge and took home the hardware. 

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First-Time Exhibitors’ New Products

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SEMA News, January 2010: Cover Story - First Time Exhibitors' New Products

The annual SEMA Show unites specialty-equipment buyers from across the globe with the industry’s hottest new products. This year’s New Products Showcase provided a 25,000 sq. ft. stage where exhibitors’ newest innovations made their world premiere. Of the more than 1,400 new products on display, more than 200 were registered by companies exhibiting at the SEMA Show for the very first time. The following pages provide a brief introduction to the products that debuted in Las Vegas on behalf of the SEMA Show’s newest exhibitors.

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Moving Forward

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SEMA News, January 2010: Cover Story - Moving Forward

A total of 1,745 companies exhibited at the 2009 SEMA Show, and they were joined by more than 120,000 retailers, warehouse distributors, members of the media and other attendees, with about 24% of the registered buyers coming from outside the United States. SEMA staff and Show organizers offered new programs, enhancements and ongoing floorplan and organizational refinements to produce the best event possible, and the industry responded with gusto.

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New to New Products

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SEMA News, January 2010: Cover Story - New to New Products

This is my first time to the SEMA Show, and the New Products Showcase is very cool. I like the way it’s laid out by categories, and I’m amazed at all the things that I didn’t know about.

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Not Fade Away

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SEMA News, January 2010: Heritage - Not Fade Away

The old familiar sight of several roadsters at a Southern California drive-in is fast fading away,” wrote Tex Smith in the July 1959 Hot Rod magazine. That’s right. As long as 50 years ago, rodders were concerned about changes in the car hobby. “The car that wrote hot-rodding history is giving ground to its newer cousins from Detroit,” said Smith.

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Product Merchandising and Packaging Trends

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SEMA News, January 2010: Cover Story - Product Merchandising and Packaging Trends

SEMA Show New Product Winners find innovative ways to grab customers’ attention.

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Protect Your Business by Protecting Your Intellectual Property

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SEMA News, January 2010: Business - Protect Your Business by  Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Any good idea or product is worth protecting—especially if it’s the mainstay of your business’ success. However, the process of protecting your intellectual property (IP) may seem daunting. To help explain the procedures and ease the complexity for SEMA-member companies, the association recently hosted a webinar entitled “Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights: Ask the Experts.” It was presented by Steve Lustig of Dickinson Wright PLLC; Robb Roby of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP; and Merritt Blakeslee of The Blakeslee Law Firm.

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SEMA Member News

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SEMA News, January 2010: Member News

SEMA’s Ambassador Program continues to grow and expand as member companies and their representatives take the lead in reaching out to and recruiting new members. Ambassadors are employees of SEMA-member companies. Just as their name implies, they serve as representatives of SEMA in the greater specialty-equipment industry. The program is an ideal way for current SEMA members to develop relationships within the industry and to recruit new members into the association.

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The 2009 SEMA Show Photo Portfolio

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SEMA News, January 2010: Cover Story - The 2009 SEMA Show Photo Portfolio

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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  • Quality is our mantra. It is the theme underlying everything we do at the association, and it was our goal for the 2009 SEMA Show.

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Member News

  • The following listings are provided by the SEMA Membership Services Department. The data has been compiled and verified by member services.
  • I am writing this article at the close of the 2009 SEMA Show. Almost everyone I spoke with stated that customer traffic was up...
  • The annual Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) awards banquet was held at the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday evening, November 4, at the SEMA Show.
  • Once again, the LTAA booth at the SEMA Show was able to raise $3,000 for Childhelp and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
  • The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) hosted a motorsports marketing panel discussion in the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday, November 2, at the 2009 SEMA Show.
  • The Manufacturer’s Rep Council (MRC) conducted its 2009/2010 Long-Range Planning (LRP) meeting on September 12, 2009.
  • The inaugural Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) industry awards reception at the 2009 SEMA Show was, by all accounts, a resounding success.
  • There was a full house during the Street Performance Council (SPC) annual mixer at the 2009 SEMA Show.
  • The SEMA Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) announced the establishment of a WTC Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 5, 2009.
  • The annual SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast—Powered by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), has become one of the favorite events at the SEMA Show.
  • “This is my first Camaro!” said Ernie Feist, a long-time car fan and owner of Feist Engineering, a municipal and civil engineering firm in Monroe Township, New Jersey. He took delivery of his brand-new, special-edition Hurst Camaro on November 15.
  • In what has become a must-attend event at the SEMA Show, the Young Executives Network (YEN) reception provided a great opportunity for members to interact after a busy day on the Show floor.
  • SEMA’s Ambassador Program continues to grow and expand as member companies and their representatives take the lead in reaching out to and recruiting new members.

SEMA Heritage

  • The old familiar sight of several roadsters at a Southern California drive-in is fast fading away,” wrote Tex Smith in the July 1959 Hot Rod magazine.