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SEMA Consumer Demand Index and Consumer Confidence Rebound in September

Hedges & Co.—a SEMA-member market research and database marketing firm—reports consumer confidence and the SEMA Consumer Demand Index (CDI) both rebounded in September. An analysis is posted on the Hedges & Co. website as part of its "66 Trends in 66 Days" series, leading up to the opening of the 2012 SEMA Show, October 30.

How Restylers Push Accessorization When Car Sales Slump

With new-car sales growing and the economy slowly ticking upward, SEMA News checked in with restylers and restyling experts to find out what to expect in that segment for 2012.

SEMA Market Update: The Hottest Products From the 2011 SEMA Show

The SEMA Market Update is a regularly published report that tracks industry and economic trends affecting the $30 billion specialty-equipment industry. Each update tracks a regular set of trends and contains a "Current Topics" section that provides SEMA members with new research or information sources to better understand changes in the industry.

Industry Trends: 2012 Annual Market Study Overview

The SEMA 2012 Annual Market Study will be released the week of April 9. This annual report will help SEMA-member companies to better understand the overall specialty-equipment market and its components.

How Waterborne Paint Is Changing the Auto Industry

Paint has long been a necessary product in the automotive world. Perhaps the most prolific painters in the automotive sector, other than OEMs, would be shops operating in the repair and refinish segment. These are auto-body shops that make a living on being able to paint fast, match colors perfectly and be economical in the process.

Market Trends in Tires and Wheels

Tires and wheels are one of the most favored modifications that car and truck owners make to their vehicles, since a single, relatively simple change can entirely alter the appearance and character of a vehicle.

Industry Leaders Define the "New Normal" for 2012

As the automotive specialty-equipment industry moves into 2012, SEMA News put out a call to the leaders of the association’s councils and networks to seek their views about what might be in store during the coming year. Their responses are instructive and should provide helpful insights for companies in every segment of the marketplace.

Top Products and Trends in the Restoration Industry

This compilation of restoration products that were introduced at the 2010 SEMA Show runs the gamut from traditional numbers-matching reproductions to modernization components for handling and power. We’ve also interspersed comments from the owners and executives of some of the industry’s leading restoration specialists. Both say a lot about how the marketplace has changed.

Motorsports Leaders Talk Priorities

Jim Hughes of Hughes Performance and Kelli Wilmore of MasterCraft Safety talk one-on-one with SEMA's membership about their plans for the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council.

Best Practices for Restoration Businesses

The bedrock of the automotive specialty-equipment industry is the parts that are used to build, restore and modify vehicles of all types. Every segment of the industry counts on parts that are properly designed, engineered and manufactured to operate as promised. Within the restoration segment, however, those standards are complicated by the fact that the vehicles involved are anywhere from two decades to nearly a century old.
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