Nearly 40 SEMA-member companies traveled together to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of the fifth SEMA Middle East Business Development Program. The companies included manufacturers of engine performance, suspension, interior and exterior products and those whose products are used for racing, street performance and off-roading as well as for classic cars, restoration and hot rods. The group was in the Middle East learning about the local specialty-equipment market firsthand, tazweed-style (Arabic for customization).
SEMA Middle East Business Development Conference
Participating in SEMA’s international trips has helped SEMA members open new markets and grow business in existing markets. But participants have also learned that preparation and follow-up are key to getting the most out of the investment.
There are only a few remaining slots left for exhibiting at the 2016 SEMA Middle East Business Development Conference, March 29–April 2, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Join SEMA for the 5th annual Middle East Business Development Program in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), March 29–April 2, 2016.
Following are dates and locations for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows, webinars and activities.
Discover the Middle East market during the fifth SEMA Middle East Business Development Conference, March 29–April 2, 2016, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Learning About the Market While Building Business
Forty-one SEMA-member companies participated in the first-ever overseas-based SEMA Garage, which featured an all-day measuring session for vehicles popularly customized overseas but not sold in the United States. The event, held at the Custom Show Emirates based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), was part of the four-day 2015 SEMA Middle East Program.
We think most SEMA members would agree that we’ve arrived at an interesting time for the automotive industry. Supply has outpaced demand for oil; the dollar is one of the stronger currencies internationally; and automotive manufacturing is in a growth mode.
That’s very different from 2009, when new-car sales were down, the dollar was weak and oil prices were $100 a barrel and climbing. SEMA members had to adapt, be innovative and efficient, and had to look for alternate sources of revenue. It also sparked some of our members to recognize significant opportunities in expanding to overseas markets.
Eight subsidized slots are still available for SEMA's Middle East Business Development Conference, to be held March 24–28, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The early-bird registration discount ends January 31, 2015, for SEMA's Middle East Business Development Conference, to be held March 24–28, 2015, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).