SEMA Members to Discover Growth and Condition of Potential Markets

Light-vehicle sales in China rose 53% in the first five months of the
year to nearly 7.2 million units, according to J.D. Power and
Associates. It’s hard to ignore that kind of momentum. Some SEMA
members aren’t. They are headed to Beijing in late September for the
SEMA-CIAPE Business Development Conference. Many see it as a good
opportunity to learn more about the China market.

Wade Kawasaki, Merritt Blakeslee Share Insight on Developing a Robust IPR Strategy in China

Wade Kawasaki, president of Exports International, longtime SEMA member
and former member of the SEMA Board of Directors, will explore the
correlation between selling in the Chinese market and intellectual
property violations. Kawasaki will join IPR guru Merritt R. Blakeslee
of the Blakeslee Law Firm on July 8, to help SEMA members learn about
best practices in protecting their intellectual property assets.

Chinese Drivers Want U.S. Brakes–Reach Out to Them Through Exclusive SEMA Conference

Drivers in China are going farther and faster and that is creating opportunities for U.S. brake manufacturers.

“Roads in China are getting better each year, so cars go faster and
more demands are placed on brake products,” said a Shandong, China-based
performance parts importer, retailer and wholesaler located in the
northeast part of the country. “Foreign brands have good word of mouth
and good feedback, thus I think they have a good future.”

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

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


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