Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

Rapid solidification rate (RSR) technology enables production of fine-grained (nanometer-scale) and amorphous metals with uniform chemistry. These unique microstructures result from very high cooling rates that are unattainable through gas atomization or other methods. Ervin Industries has developed a rapid-solidification powder technology that is capable of producing high-purity, fine-grained or amorphous particles in the size range from 10 to 1200 micrometers with highly spherical morphology.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

Earlier this month it was reported in eNews that PPG had just released its Sungate EP automotive glass windshield, which they said significantly reduces the transmission of solar energy into a vehicle, keeping the interior cooler and improving fuel economy. The new technology employs a glazing process built into Sungate windshields, which reduces front seat temperatures 27 degrees F (15 degrees C) and air-breath temperatures 16 degrees F (9 degrees C).

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

You probably have a good idea of who your existing customers are, their similarities, needs, etc. Future customers, on the other hand, may have unique needs that require a new approach in order to get them to buy your products. In a recent article by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the author maps out 12 different customer profiles. In each of the 12 descriptions below, the author indicates a "customer tip-off"-what a customer might say to you—and a "conversation starter"—the appropriate response recommended by the author.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

Record capital inflows and low interest rates have lead to a blistering merger and acquisition (M&A) market for financial and strategic buyers-the former looking for acquisitions which will yield synergistic benefits while the latter add value to the organization with the stated goal of reselling the business at some point in the future for a profit.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

It has been a year since the Japanese Big Three reintroduced B-cars in the United States, and the segment has been growing ever since. According to a recent WardsAuto.com article, year-to-date sales suggest that subcompact sales will reach levels not seen in more than 11 years.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

The market for in-vehicle global positioning systems (GPS) is growing, with sales forecasted to exceed 3.3 million units this year, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), meanwhile, says that sales of aftermarket personal navigation devices experienced triple-digit growth in 2006, with over 2.2 million new units sold.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

The links below represent the automakers that are currently members of SEMA. For information on SEMA's OEM relations, visit www.sema.org/oem. Manufacturers: To see the latest vehicle CAD blue prints offered by OEMs, visit www.sema.org/techtransfer

SEMA Member OEMs

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA-members companies have posted several new listings for job opportunities at www.sema.org/classifieds. Working for a SEMA-member company has many advantages. In addition to working for a company that supports and contributes to the success of the overall industry, being employed by a SEMA-member company enable the employee to participate in webinars, access free market research, join SEMA committees and more. The newest classified listings posted under Positions Available include:

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:00am

A panel of industry experts, including Steve Frazier of Amazon.com, will look at "eMarketing 2.0" during the 2007 Aftermarket eForum, July 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, Illinois. Frazier, vice president of U.S. Hardlines Category Management for Amazon, oversees the automotive retail group. He provided the keynote address for the 2006 eForum.

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