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EU AGENCY LISTS NEARLY 40,000 CHEMICALS AS PRE-REGISTERED UNDER REACH REGULATION

European government officials published a partial list of the nearly 40,000 chemicals that have been pre-registered under the European Union's (EU) registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals (REACH) regulation. According to the agency, the purpose of the list is to give downstream users or companies that purchase chemicals a chance to determine whether substances of interest to them are already pre-registered.

SILVERADO BEDLINERS NEEDED!

The United States Embassy in Kuwait has contacted SEMA regarding a Kuwaiti company attending the SEMA Show that is urgently looking for suppliers of bedliners for the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado. The company is seeking about 200 units.

Exhibitors are invited to contact Linda Spencer at lindas@sema.org for contact information.

LEARN HOW TO EXPOSE AND SELL YOUR PRODUCTS IN KEY GLOBAL MARKETS

SEMA is sponsoring two seminars at the 2008 SEMA Show to assist you in exploring new international markets:

EUROPEAN CAR MANUFACTURERS SEEK A EUROPEAN SCRAPPAGE PROGRAM

The Association of European Vehicle Manufacturers (ACEA) is calling for European policymakers to implement a European-wide scrappage program to include incentives for owners who trade in cars at least eight years old. The association of 15 European automakers—which includes the European operations of General Motors and Ford—has announced its plans to forward a formal request for taxpayer-financed incentives to European policymakers. 

OFF-ROAD SUSPENSION ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CATEGORIES IN CHINA

A small but growing slice of wealthy Chinese citizens are seeking enjoyment in off-roading much as other enthusiasts around the world have. These well-to-do off-roaders usually own two or more cars and use their 4WD vehicles on the weekend for leisure.

Chinese government statistics suggest that the number of passenger cars on the road at the end of 2007 numbered about 32 million, and according to industry data experts, about 6 million new domestically produced passenger vehicles will be sold in China in 2008.

DISCOUNT FOR SEMA MEMBERS TO EXHIBIT AT THE UPCOMING BEIJING-BASED CIAPE SHOW

The Chinese government recently announced the legalization of 500 specialty-equipment products. The Chinese government is sponsoring a trade show—China International Auto Parts Expo—to cover the entire automotive market and will dedicate two halls to specialty-equipment product. For those SEMA members interested in learning more about the market they might want to either exhibit at the Show or visit the show to see the market first hand.  Last year, the first year of the show, organizers reported 2,500 exhibitors and 60,000 visitors.

GERMANY ENACTS BAN ON CHIP-TUNING MODIFICATIONS

The German government has notified the automotive technical approval services in Germany that, effective immediately, they are prohibited from approving engine-management software (“chip tuning”) modifications. The government has cited lack of knowledge on the effects these modifications have on exhaust emissions, as well as other vehicle systems, such as braking and steering.

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