Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 12:00am

Innovations Day:  Monday, October 29

Show Days: Tuesday, October 30–Friday, November 2

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Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 12:00am

More than 7,000 international buyers are pre-registered to attend the SEMA Show/AAIW. See what products they are seeking and invite them to visit your booth by using the online International Buyer Locator available free of charge to all 2007 SEMA Show exhibitors. Download the free database, and contact the buyers now to invite them to visit your booth. To get started, visit  www.semashow.com/tradeleads.

Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 12:00am

Hundreds of international buyers are going to be looking for new suppliers at the SEMA International Happy Hour on Wednesday, October 31, in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Where will you be? For more information and a registration form, contact tradeleads@sema.org and request document #8004. The deadline to RSVP for the SEMA International Happy Hour is Tuesday, October 16.

Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA is cosponsoring with the U.S. government to conduct a webinar on Thursday, November 15, to educate SEMA members on improving their bottom line by minimizing regulatory problems associated with exports. Learn how to avoid typical problems encountered in automotive exports, including common Harmonized Tariff Schedule misclassifications, NAFTA compliance issues and export-compliance issues. Find out how to research duty and tax rates around the world, how to use Free-Trade Agreements and other related topics.

Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 12:00am

Toyota recently announced plans to release 13 new model variations of the fullsize Tundra pickup for the 2008 model year. The automaker says the biggest change will be increased availability of the two most popular cab styles—Double Cab and CrewMax—in the newly-named "Tundra Grade," aimed at price-conscious customers. The new additions are set to hit dealerships in mid-October.

Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 12:00am

Manufacturer sales in the specialty-equipment market’s street-performance segment have grown from $438 million in 1993 to $717 million in 2006, a 64% increase, according to SEMA research. Within the segment, performance parts have recorded some of the steadiest growth, up 16% from 2000 to 2006 ($262.4 million last year, third only to performance parts sold in the compact-performance and light-truck segments, respectively).

Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 12:00am

Exhaust kits, air intakes/filters and polishes/waxes are among the products most purchased by light-truck owners, according to SEMA research. Of enthusiasts queried for SEMA’s 2007 Automotive Lifestyles Survey (chosen from subscribers to popular automotive magazines and website visitors), 39% of the 3,000 respondents said they owned a light truck.

Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 12:00am

Sales of specialty-equipment parts and accessories reached $36.7 billion at the retail level in 2006, marking a 7% jump from 2005 sales. Regionally, enthusiasts in Pacific states purchased $6.68 billion in parts and accessories, slightly more than 18% of the total U.S. market share. South Atlantic state enthusiasts bought parts at nearly the same rate, accounting for 17.4% of market share. Enthusiasts in this part of the United States also purchased more performance parts than consumers in other regions.

Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA eNews highlights the websites of SEMA-member companies through the Hot Links to Cool Sites section each week. SEMA members: To be included in Hot Links to Cool Sites, e-mail your company name and website to eNews@sema.org. Note: Make sure to include “Hot Links” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA-member 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:

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