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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

Powersports Products From the 2014 SEMA Show

Motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles and personal watercraft—small on size, big on entertainment value. And the New Products Showcase at the 2014 SEMA Show was brimming with powersports accessories designed to boost performance, add functionality and enhance appearance. The next few pages highlight the new and featured products displayed in the powersports category of the Showcase.

SEMA News—July 2015

Powersports Products From the 2014 SEMA Show

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

Today’s Hot-Rod Market

Legacy Stylings Meet New TechnologiesThe automotive aftermarket owes quite a bit to hot rodders. While, technically, the industry existed prior to the street scene of the ’50s, it was hot rodders who sparked the explosion of innovative performance and appearance products that now characterize the heart and soul of the automotive specialty-equipment market. They made tinkering with, modifying and personalizing cars cool, catapulting the industry into the $33-billion powerhouse it is today. And although the industry has since grown and broadened to encompass a dizzying array of products and trends in countless categories, hot rodding has hardly faded from the scene.
SEMA News—June 2015

BUSINESS

Mobile-Electronics Products

Powerful Accessories That Boost Vehicle Efficiency and FunctionalityNew products in the mobile-electronics category at the 2014 SEMA Show ran the gamut from high-powered horns to connected-car and navigation aids. Each year, the electronics displays become more advanced and provide potential for increased revenue at specialty-equipment retail outlets. The latest offerings featured traditional automotive audio and video systems but also included interfaces for smartphones and tablets as well as vehicle maintenance technologies.
SEMA News—June 2015

MOBILE ELECTRONICS & ACCESSORIES NEW PRODUCTS

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

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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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

Smartphones, Compact Solutions and Distraction Reduction

More Information and Entertainment Come Into the CarSmartphones permeate American society. They’ve become much more than communications devices, providing Internet access for mobile e-mail, texting, navigation and dozens of applications ranging from dieting and exercise to photography and literature.
SEMA News—June 2015

MOBILE ELECTRONICS

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