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Catering to a small niche market in Europe for the past 10 years, Velocity Automotive Group, based in Munich, imports and distributes parts from more than 500 manufacturers for American performance cars and trucks. This particular niche revolves around the Mustang, which is wildly popular in America but not nearly as common in Europe. However, according to Johannes Crepon, the company’s owner, the American performance market in Europe is still exciting because it’s so diverse. The customer base ranges from aging enthusiasts who have always dreamed of owning and restoring a vintage Mustang to Millennials who prefer late-model Camaros, Corvettes and Ram trucks.
SEMA News—July 2015

BUSINESS

Going Mainstream

Is there a 3D printer in your future? It’s really no longer a question of if, but when. That’s because now, after more than three decades, the technology known officially as “additive manufacturing” is finally maturing and mainstreaming—and transforming modern manufacturing in the process.
SEMA News—July 2015

BUSINESS

Media Trade Conference Creates Opportunities for Manufacturers

After 18 years of success, the SEMA Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council’s (MPMC) annual Media Trade Conference (MTC) is still going strong. Every January, the conference takes place at an Embassy Suites in Southern California, where 100 MPMC members set up meeting space in their own individual suites and host 30-minute meetings with journalists.

SEMA Member News—July/August 2015

Media Trade Conference Creates Opportunities for Manufacturer

Product Development Made Easier

Mining OEM CAD Files Through SEMA’s Tech Transfer ProgramAmong SEMA’s many member services is its Tech Transfer program, designed to help product developers and manufacturers design and create quality components and items for vehicles from original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) data files. The program traces its roots back to 1999, when Ford first provided vehicle blueprints to SEMA to share with association members. Now housed in the new SEMA Garage—Industry Innovations Center, the Tech Transfer program has grown to encompass a wide-ranging digital catalog of CAD files from Ford, GM, Scion and Chrysler (including Fiat, Jeep and RAM). While simple in concept, accessing the program may at first appear a little daunting for first-timers. To help explain its ins and outs, SEMA News sat down for a Q&A with Gary Pis, SEMA vehicle data product manager, who coordinates the program.
SEMA News—June 2015

BUSINESS

Growing UAE Market Captures Media Attention

As global interest in and demand for automotive customization grows, so does the opportunity for increased business for SEMA-member companies. That is the reason why SEMA sponsors international business-development programs and connects SEMA members with potential buyers in emerging markets such as China, Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
SEMA News—June 2015

REQUIRED READING

SPY PHOTOS

’16 Ford FusionThis less-disguised prototype ’16 Ford Fusion provides a good look at what’s in store for the model’s facelift. ’16 Chevrolet CamaroThese photos of a ’16 Camaro prototype—caught while Chevrolet’s famous musclecar was slowed by construction traffic—offer a peek at some of the styling nuances in store for the all-new pony car.Porsche PanameraThe Porsche Panamera hit the Nürburgring for some hot laps and showed off some new details for this next-generation model.
SEMA News—June 2015

INDUSTRY NEWS

Q&A With Wade Kawasaki

SEMA News: Why are you running for chair-elect on the SEMA Board of Directors (BOD)?Wade Kawasaki: I was 10 years old and working at my father’s gas station in L.A., watching musclecars and hot rods drive in and out, when I realized that this is my passion. My passion is what drives me, and it has been a dream come true to work and learn about everything in our industry, from manufacturing to distribution. I have had the opportunity to travel the globe doing business, attending cool car shows and speaking on behalf of the aftermarket.
SEMA News—June 2015

Q&A With Wade Kawasaki

Fast Facts

Breaking news from SEMA member companies, including Tulsa Technology Center, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. VIPAR Heavy Duty and more.
SEMA News—June 2015

Fast Facts

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Q&A With Donnie Eatherly

SEMA News: Why are you running for chair-elect of the SEMA Board of Directors (BOD)?Donnie Eatherly: I am very passionate about this industry and channels of distribution. I think my perspective would be good on all distribution-channel issues as well as how industry changes, policies and legislation affect how our products make it to consumers.
SEMA News—June 2015

ELECTIONS

Buyers: Tips To Streamline SEMA Show Registration

Buyer registration for the 2015 SEMA Show, November 3–6 in Las Vegas, is open and available at www.SEMAShow.com/register. Distributors, retailers, installers and buyers are encouraged to refer to these simple tips to help ensure a fast and efficient registration process for the annual trade show.
SEMA News—June 2015

INDUSTRY NEWS

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