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  • Less than two months are left before automotive specialty-equipment industry exhibitors and buyers flock to Las Vegas for the 2010 SEMA Show, to be held Tuesday, November 2, through Friday, November 5.
  • Boost your SEMA Show experience by utilizing the tips outlined below. Whether it’s your first SEMA Show or your twenty-first, taking advantage of this collection of programs and freebies will have you hitting the Show floor in stride. 
  • The 2010 SEMA Show will once again offer a trio of Technology Briefing SuperSessions designed to provide attendees insights and information into the current and future evolution of the automobile and the myriad new business and product-development opportunities advanced vehicle technologies offer specialty-equipment manufacturers, distributors, retailers and installers.
  • The association welcomes hundreds of new exhibitors to the SEMA Show, and 2010 is no exception. In fact, the number of first-time exhibitors signed up to attend the 2010 SEMA Show has grown to more than 250.

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Exhibitor Profile: American Eagle Wheel Corp.

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A Conversation With Margo Furcolow

American Eagle Wheel Corp. (AEWC) was a first-time exhibitor at the 2009 SEMA Show. SEMA News spent some time with AEWC President Margo Furcolow at the company’s facility in Chino, California. Ms. Furcolow discussed the company’s experience as a first-time exhibitor and offered advice for other first-timers.

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Getting Started in International Commerce

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SEMA News, September 2010, Business - Getting Started in  International Commerce

Companies that wish to extend their reach beyond U.S. borders can branch into emerging automotive markets that offer huge potential for increased sales. The keys to successful international ventures are careful research and reasonable expectations. The first step is to discover what vehicles are available in the target locale, and the second is to discover what products resonate with consumers there. SEMA offers several programs that can help get member companies started. 

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Innovations for Innovators: What’s New at the SEMA Show

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SEMA News, September 2010, Chris Kersting - Innovations for Innovators: What’s New at the SEMA Show

Each year, the SEMA Show becomes the focal point for innovation in the automotive industry. It is the venue where manufacturers are able to connect with retailers to bring innovations to consumers around the world. So it won’t come as a surprise that the SEMA team is again doing its part with some great innovations in the SEMA Show itself. I want to tell you about a few of the new opportunities for Show attendees to learn more about new products and automotive systems at the 2010 gathering.

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PC Productivity Tools That Deliver

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SEMA News, September 2010, Internet - PC Productivity Tools That Deliver

While hundreds of hardware and software solutions emerge on the market each year angling for your PC productivity dollar, only a small percentage offer significant gains. Here’s a sampling of la crème de la crème—PC productivity tools that will leave you wondering how you ever got along without them.

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The Allure of China

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SEMA News, September 2010, International - The Allure of China

The allure of China is undeniable. Its rising incomes, growing middle class and fast-growing vehicle market all frequently make the news in the United States. Not all the news out of China is positive, however. Almost weekly, there are stories about counterfeit goods with ties to China. Counterfeit goods cost companies in the United States billions of dollars a year.  There is no denying that intellectual property rights (IPR) protection is a problem for companies doing business in China, be it sourcing products there or selling in the market. But that doesn’t mean you should stay away from doing business in China. SEMA-member companies that have done business in China have some advice for fellow SEMA members eyeing the China market with anticipation but also trepidation: Your products will almost certainly be copied, so take steps to protect yourself.

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Business

  • SEMA News-September 2010-BusinessSEMA News recently had the chance to catch up with long-time automotive restyler Jon Titman of Automotive Essentials, a ProPledge participant. Titman, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, provided some insights into the services Automotive Essentials offers and how the business has benefitted since the inception of the ProPledge program three years ago.
  • Companies that wish to extend their reach beyond U.S. borders can branch into emerging automotive markets that offer huge potential for increased sales. The keys to successful international ventures are careful research and reasonable expectations.

Chris Kersting

Events

  • Less than two months are left before automotive specialty-equipment industry exhibitors and buyers flock to Las Vegas for the 2010 SEMA Show, to be held Tuesday, November 2, through Friday, November 5.
  • Boost your SEMA Show experience by utilizing the tips outlined below. Whether it’s your first SEMA Show or your twenty-first, taking advantage of this collection of programs and freebies will have you hitting the Show floor in stride. 
  • The 2010 SEMA Show will once again offer a trio of Technology Briefing SuperSessions designed to provide attendees insights and information into the current and future evolution of the automobile and the myriad new business and product-development opportunities advanced vehicle technologies offer specialty-equipment manufacturers, distributors, retailers and installers.
  • The association welcomes hundreds of new exhibitors to the SEMA Show, and 2010 is no exception. In fact, the number of first-time exhibitors signed up to attend the 2010 SEMA Show has grown to more than 250.

From The Hill

  • More members of Congress than ever are aligning themselves with the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers on Capitol Hill established to raise awareness of the economic importance of the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

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. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.

Industry News

  • John B. Rogers Jr., president, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, will inspire 2010 SEMA Showgoers as the keynote speaker for the New Product Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, in Las Vegas. All exhibitors and attendees are invited to hear how Rogers’ auto manufacturing company is changing the way cars are designed and built.
  • Mercedes SLK 63 AMG, Audi S7, Chevy Malibu, Dodge Charger Police Car

International

  • The allure of China is undeniable. Its rising incomes, growing middle class and fast-growing vehicle market all frequently make the news in the United States. Not all the news out of China is positive, however.

Internet

  • While hundreds of hardware and software solutions emerge on the market each year angling for your PC productivity dollar, only a small percentage offer significant gains. Here’s a sampling of la crème de la crème—PC productivity tools that will leave you wondering how you ever got along without them.

Member News

  • SEMA Member Logo | SEMA.orgThe following listings are provided by the SEMA Membership Services Department. The data has been compiled and verified by member services. Should you have any questions regarding a listing, call the SEMA Membership Department at 909/396-0289.
  • Official Armo LogoAlong with incumbents Ken DeVries, Sal Perez and Sheila Perkins, the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) membership elected four new members to the Select Committee for 2010–2011. While “new” to the council in terms of the most recent elections, each of the four brings his or her own long history in the automotive aftermarket.
  • Official HRIA LogoBrian Downard was recently elected to the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Select Committee. He has been working in the automotive industry since 1984. He got his start in his father’s shop, Downard’s Automotive Specialties. After graduating from Kent State University, he went to work with Summit Racing in the company’s tech department.
  • Official LTAA LogoFounded in 1946, Hellwig Products Inc. has been a successful manufacturer of springs and suspension components for the automotive aftermarket for more than 60 years. One key to the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) member company’s continued success is to always move forward and look to the future.
  • Official MPMC LogoThe Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Select Committee has a considerably new look for 2010–2011. Along with new Chairman Kyle Fickler and Chair-Elect Vic Wood, elections produced six new members. Can’t tell the players without a program? Well, here they are.
  • Official MRC LogoLife is full of mile markers. July 1, 2010, marked an important mile marker for the Manufacturers’ Rep Council (MRC), when we welcomed four new members to the Select Committee. As the road of business winds through years 2010 and 2011, the interests of manufacturers’ reps are attended to by the leadership body of the council.
  • Official PRO LogoAs chairman of the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO), my job is more than just being a figurehead. Those who reach this position work hard to attain it and have a strong passion for the industry they represent. They need to have a good handle on the immediate needs of the council and industry but also have a vision of the future.
  • Official SPC LogoSelect Committee members are called on to serve and guide the council forward. The Street Performance Council (SPC) thanks the Select Committee members for all their hard work and contributions. We welcome the following new members to our team.
  • Official WTC LogoIn an effort to strengthen business relationships and promote the tire segment within SEMA, the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) voted unanimously during its Long-Range Planning meeting to designate a seat for the Tire Industry Association (TIA).
  • Official SBN LogoThe SEMA Networking Breakfast is your ticket to one of the most sought-after networking events at the SEMA Show. Sponsored by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), this combined awards breakfast and speed networking event—open to all SEMA members—is a hot item that sells out fast.
  • Official Yen LogoThe 2011 Select Committee elections process was especially grueling for the Young Executives Network (YEN) this year, as we had a slate of top-notch individuals vying for only three vacant seats. These three individuals will play a key role in bringing new ideas to the YEN leadership and guiding the strategic direction of the group of young executives.

Required Reading

  • The SEMA Show is quickly approaching. Many have already finalized their travel arrangements, booked their hotels, confirmed their credentials and even mapped out their on-site strategy. With so much going on during the week, it’s important to have a list of required reading materials while at the Show. How do you plan to stay in the know during the SEMA Show?

SEMA Heritage

  • By 1972, the handwriting was on the wall: Musclecars were a dying breed. Performance enthusiasts—and the magazines they read—were looking for new ways to have fun with cars. That’s how this tidy little Datsun 510 wound up in Hot Rod magazine.