The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced the winners of the 2015 New Products Showcase Awards this morning at the 2014 SEMA Show. This award is given to the most innovative and cutting-edge new and featured automotive aftermarket products. Nearly 2,000 products were entered into 16 different Showcase categories to be considered for the SEMA New Product Awards this year. Winners were selected based on a variety of factors that included quality, marketability, innovation, technology, consumer appeal, and more.
More than 125 vehicle builders and car customizers have been entered into the first-ever SEMA Battle of the BuildersTM competition taking place at SEMA Ignited, Friday, November 7, 2014. The builders represent an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks and SUVs..
Sales of automotive specialty-equipment products continue to climb, reaching $33 billion in 2013. The number represents a 6.7 percent increase over the previous year and marks the fourth consecutive year of growth, according to the SEMA Annual Market Study that is available at www.sema.org/2014samr.
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded $152,000 to 61 individuals this year. This includes 44 SEMA scholarships presented to current students, and 17 loan-forgiveness awards presented to employees of SEMA-member companies. In addition, one student was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Ohio Technical College for the 2014-2015 academic year.
For the first time, media attending the SEMA Show, the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, can get a head start on their coverage before the Show's official opening.
The world's most unique and celebrated customized vehicles from the 2014 SEMA Show will gather and be accessible to the public on Friday, November 7, 4:00-10:00 pm, as the SEMA Cruise finds its way to a new event taking place immediately after the SEMA Show at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
The 2014 SEMA Show will feature two new transportation hubs that will help Showgoers easily and efficiently navigate the annual trade show taking place Tuesday-Friday, November 4-7, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) has recruited three new staff members to fill critical roles as the organization grows. The focus for these new hires includes systems development, member recruitment and product data services.
The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 493 (S. Res. 493) designating July 11, 2014 as "Collector Car Appreciation Day." The Resolution was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils. The date marks the fifth commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
An estimated 2,000 tons of salt were successfully deposited on the mud surface at the end of the access road to the Bonneville Salt Flats. It was graded and then dried to a hard concrete-like racing surface. Although modest in scope, the project demonstrates that it should be possible to deposit dry salt in targeted areas so as to help preserve our national treasure, the site where land speed records have been set over the past 100 years.