A love for cars, trucks and SUVs is the motivating force behind SEMA. This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, auto restorers, vehicle builders, restylers and more. SEMA’s mission statement is, “To help our members’ businesses grow and prosper.” This statement was adopted by the SEMA Board of Directors in 1992 and has driven the association ever since.
SEMA’s mission is to help its members’ businesses succeed and prosper. The membership, education, research and council departments at the association take that to heart in everything they do. They are there to serve you.
Over the past 52 years, SEMA has developed a track record of assisting members in a variety of areas related to industry and business development. The mission of “helping members’ businesses succeed and prosper” is steeped in history and first grew out of a need for consistency and community among racing industry members.
In the early years, as the industry grew, specifications remained a challenge. It became clear that a partnership was needed for manufacturers. Regulations were necessary in order to keep moving forward, but the manufacturers needed to organize. Discussions began on how to create specifications and legitimize products and, on March 26, 1963, the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) was formed in response.
SEMA members that have taken advantage of a 2011 Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) grant of $500,000 awarded to SEMA have reported $52.68 million in export sales. The funds provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce through this program have helped support projects aimed at increasing U.S. exports to key markets overseas.
Breaking news from SEMA members, including Air Lift, Performance Industry Publications, Enerpulse Technologies, Royal Purple, Ingersoll Rand, Roadwire and more.
No matter what niche you’re in—rods, restoration, racing, restyling, reps, trucks or wheels and tires—there’s a SEMA council or professional network that’s right for your company.
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