The SEMA Data Co-op has become “data central” for hundreds of specialty parts brands, representing millions of part numbers, and tens of millions of vehicle applications. This directory is designed to guide data users to brands that have successfully undertaken the challenge to manage their product data, and to continue to expand reference as more brands are added to the SDC repository.
The truck and SUV segments continue to present one of the strongest growth markets for accessories and modifications. More than a quarter of winners and runners-up from the New Products Showcase judging at the 2018 SEMA Show were from the Truck, SUV & Off-road category, with the off-road/4x4 sub-category again seeing the second-most entries of all. In particular, the Jeep JL has sparked wide innovation with products manufactured specifically for the new model.
The impact of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is already being felt by the automotive specialty-equipment and collision-repair industries, raising new challenges and opportunities. In this interview, SEMA Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak shares some frontline insights regarding the current state of aftermarket preparedness, along with association efforts to educate and ready businesses for the rapid changes they face.
Businesses eagerly awaiting the next generation of computing—blazingly fast quantum computers—can expect to see select applications run on the uber technology as early as 2020, according to Jorg Esser, a partner at business consulting firm Roland Berger.
In January, George Poteet’s 1936 Ford, nicknamed the 3-Penny Roadster, was voted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) at the 70th annual Grand National Roadster Show. Its subtle styling changes and impeccable workmanship by the crew at Pinkee’s Rod Shop in Windsor, Colorado, were accented by a subdued, warm-gray paint job meant to evoke chocolate milk. The color was the inspiration for the hot rod’s name, as that’s what the creamy treat cost when Poteet was growing up.
In 2006, the SEMA Board of Directors reviewed the vehicle technology landscape and the potential role the association could play to assist members. The outcome was the establishment of a new department—Vehicle Technology—and a vice president position located in Detroit to lead the association’s efforts.
The SEMA Board approved the council’s proposal to be more inclusive and rebrand LTAA as the Truck and Off-Road Alliance (TORA).
The seventh annual SEMA Launch Pad presented by YEN is accepting applications for new, innovative automotive products/service from business entrepreneurs under age 40.
All products destined for the ARMO Hot Product Showcase must be registered by April 17 to ensure signage deliverables.
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