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U.S. Government Investigates Chinese Intellectual Property Rights Infringement

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has initiated an investigation into the effects of Chinese intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement on U.S. jobs and the economy, along with China's so-called “indigenous innovation policies.” The latter refers to a Chinese initiative, which encourages domestic companies to develop their own technology and brands instead of simply manufacturing foreign products.

Luxury Car Sales Spur Chinese Demand for Performance Products and Dynos

The market for performance dynamometers in China is modest at the moment, reflecting the newness of the country’s performance car culture. But China is a market to watch, said companies making the high-tech tuning machines. One thing that should boost demand for dynos in China is the fast growth in luxury car sales. Luxury car buyers want, and can afford, performance-boosting products for their car. Tuner shops will need dynos to guarantee top performance. Dyno manufacturers are betting on the market growing and are actively signing up distributors to supply these new potential customers.

Build Your Brand's European Presence With an Exhibit at Automechanika Frankfurt

A few booths are still available in the USA pavilion in Hall 4.1 during the upcoming Automechanika show taking place in Frankfurt September 14–19. Held every other year, the show features everything from automotive components, accessories, garage equipment, refueling and car washing. For more information regarding exhibition opportunities, contact Bridget Ferris at

International Trips to the SEMA Show Just Got Easier

A number of services are available to make it easier for international visitors to travel to and do business at the 2010 SEMA Show, taking place Tuesday–Friday, November 2–5, in Las Vegas.

Grab Your Space in the World's Fastest Growing Auto Market by July 1

SEMA members can sign up to meet with up to a dozen, pre-vetted Chinese distributors at the inaugural SEMA CIAPE China Business Development Conference taking place September 23–26 in Beijing, China. Register online by July 1 in order to receive priority space selection.

Find Out Which Products Chinese Distributors and Buyers Wish to Source From the United States

Nearly two-dozen distributors and buyers have contacted SEMA to introduce themselves and the products they hope to source at the SEMA China International Auto Parts Expo (CIAPE) business development conference, held in Beijing, China, September 23–26, 2010. Performance and off-road products figure prominently in the type of products Chinese wholesalers and retailers want to source from U.S. companies.

SEMA Show Tip of the Week: International Outreach at No Charge

The SEMA International Buyer's Guide is an easy way to expand your business to buyers around the world. An exclusive directory of exhibitors interested in growing their sales outside of the United States, the SEMA International Buyers' Guide is distributed to every international buyer attending the 2010 SEMA Show and throughout the year at international trade shows.

Growing Pool of Consumers With Disposable Income Spells Opportunities for SEMA Members

China doesn’t have old money. Indeed, some of the wealthiest people in China are entrepreneurs under 40 years old. They buy expensive cars, and want to personalize those cars. They are a prime market for products that enhance performance, comfort or appearance.

Specialty-Equipment Laws in China Evolving to Meet Demand

On October 1, 2008, the Chinese national government approved the legal installation and marketing of 506 automotive parts and accessories.
On October 1, 2008, the Chinese national government approved the legal installation and marketing of 506 automotive parts and accessories. The list of deregulated products is extensive, covering exterior and body accessories from body decals to spoilers, and interior accessories from cup holders to window shades. It includes emissions products, electrical and electronic products, drivetrain and brake products. The list also covers publications and car-care products.

Booming Luxury Vehicle Market in China Offers Opportunities for Accessorization

Do you make products for luxury sedans and SUVs? Judging by the growing number of imported luxury cars and SUVs in China, the market for your products could be growing there, too.
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