Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:36
By SEMA Editors

 Friday Nights
SEMA Ignited—the official industry after-party—is a great reason to stick around on Friday.
  

This attendee update is the first in a series leading up to the 2015 SEMA Show with the sole purpose of helping attendees to have a successful SEMA Show experience.

New Products Showcase: Visit the No. 1 SEMA Show destination.

  • New, convenient location and hours. The 2015 New Products Showcase will be located on the Skybridge between Central and South Halls, opening Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 a.m.
  • Free Scanners. No need to take notes or rely on your memory. Scanners are available in the New Products Showcase, allowing users to get instant product information, including the exhibitor’s booth location.

Official Housing Partner: Travel Planners offers a lowest-rate guarantee for Las Vegas’ most popular hotels. Book now for the best choice.

We made Friday better. All exhibitors are ready to do business on Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The New Products Showcase, Ford Out Front, GM Proving Ground, SEMA Central, West Coast Customs Experience, Optima Alley and Baja 1000 Score Exhibit are also in operation on Friday. With the SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition, SEMA Cruise and the official industry after-party—SEMA Ignited—Friday is shaping up to be the best day of the Show.

First-Time Exhibitors—Hot Rod Alley

Each year, hundreds of new companies attend the SEMA Show for the first time, providing buyers with access to more companies and products to meet the demands of their customers. The Show's 12 sections represent an immense spectrum of specialty equipment, and new exhibitors are joining the Show from every market.

To view all of the first-time exhibitors and their sections, visit the SEMA Show website

Online Media Center

Buyers and media can stay up to date on the latest exhibitor news via the SEMA Show Online Media Center. Exhibiting companies frequently announce their product debuts, vehicle unveils and other activities that will take place during the 2015 SEMA Show. Here’s the most recent announcements. For a complete list of exhibitor news, visit the SEMA Show website.

Kicker Performance Audio, Booth #11861 has developed four new Vehicle-Specific Solutions (VSS) for Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 truck owners. VSS provides a custom Kicker subwoofer, amplifier, wiring harness and bracketing with repeatable performance.

Diode Dynamics, Booth #11671 announces the first products manufactured using brand-new LED components. Featuring an independent white chip in addition to multicolor functionality, this new automotive lighting technology is substantially brighter and more balanced when compared to that of old technology.

Madico Window Films, Booth #12139 will conduct live demonstrations and customer walkthroughs in their booth at this year’s SEMA Show. “With Madico Behind You, Your Future is Bright” will be the guiding theme for their exhibit space, where Showgoers can learn more about their automotive, solar, safety and security window films.

Race Sport, Booth #11849 announces their “Penetrator” fan-less LED fog kit, which will be released at the 2015 SEMA Show. These kits are easy to install, fit into small locations and have a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours.

CargoRAXX, Booth #33303 introduces their interior SUV storage system. Featuring a lightweight aluminum frame, it’s easily removable and adjustable to accommodate various-sized cargo.

Turnin’ Heads, Booth #90051 launches the concave wheel, which features technology that allows the spoke construction to go deeper into the heart of the barrel within the tight parameter of the mold than what conventional casting would allow.

Griot’s Garage, Booth #13069 announces their professional water house that features a zero-memory design, allowing it to lay flat exactly where you drop it. It has extreme all-weather flexibility, even in sub-zero temperatures as low as -40 degrees and is available in either 60- or 100-ft. lengths.

Exhibitors can upload a press release to the Online Media Center for free. 

We’re here to help. We want your SEMA Show experience to be as easy and enjoyable as possible so that you can concentrate on the important things, such as seeing new products, getting new ideas, discovering new trends, meeting new exhibitors and checking in with your favorite exhibitors. The SEMA Show Strategy Guide is filled with recommendations and suggestions for booking your travel to Las Vegas, ground transportation options, places to eat well but inexpensively, free entertainment hot spots, suggested tipping amounts and more.

Not registered? Don’t miss out on the best business opportunity of the year. Register now.

Got a question? Don’t hesitate to contact us at 909-396-0289.

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:36
By SEMA Editors

 Friday Nights
SEMA Ignited—the official industry after-party—is a great reason to stick around on Friday.
  

This attendee update is the first in a series leading up to the 2015 SEMA Show with the sole purpose of helping attendees to have a successful SEMA Show experience.

New Products Showcase: Visit the No. 1 SEMA Show destination.

  • New, convenient location and hours. The 2015 New Products Showcase will be located on the Skybridge between Central and South Halls, opening Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 a.m.
  • Free Scanners. No need to take notes or rely on your memory. Scanners are available in the New Products Showcase, allowing users to get instant product information, including the exhibitor’s booth location.

Official Housing Partner: Travel Planners offers a lowest-rate guarantee for Las Vegas’ most popular hotels. Book now for the best choice.

We made Friday better. All exhibitors are ready to do business on Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The New Products Showcase, Ford Out Front, GM Proving Ground, SEMA Central, West Coast Customs Experience, Optima Alley and Baja 1000 Score Exhibit are also in operation on Friday. With the SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition, SEMA Cruise and the official industry after-party—SEMA Ignited—Friday is shaping up to be the best day of the Show.

First-Time Exhibitors—Hot Rod Alley

Each year, hundreds of new companies attend the SEMA Show for the first time, providing buyers with access to more companies and products to meet the demands of their customers. The Show's 12 sections represent an immense spectrum of specialty equipment, and new exhibitors are joining the Show from every market.

To view all of the first-time exhibitors and their sections, visit the SEMA Show website

Online Media Center

Buyers and media can stay up to date on the latest exhibitor news via the SEMA Show Online Media Center. Exhibiting companies frequently announce their product debuts, vehicle unveils and other activities that will take place during the 2015 SEMA Show. Here’s the most recent announcements. For a complete list of exhibitor news, visit the SEMA Show website.

Kicker Performance Audio, Booth #11861 has developed four new Vehicle-Specific Solutions (VSS) for Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 truck owners. VSS provides a custom Kicker subwoofer, amplifier, wiring harness and bracketing with repeatable performance.

Diode Dynamics, Booth #11671 announces the first products manufactured using brand-new LED components. Featuring an independent white chip in addition to multicolor functionality, this new automotive lighting technology is substantially brighter and more balanced when compared to that of old technology.

Madico Window Films, Booth #12139 will conduct live demonstrations and customer walkthroughs in their booth at this year’s SEMA Show. “With Madico Behind You, Your Future is Bright” will be the guiding theme for their exhibit space, where Showgoers can learn more about their automotive, solar, safety and security window films.

Race Sport, Booth #11849 announces their “Penetrator” fan-less LED fog kit, which will be released at the 2015 SEMA Show. These kits are easy to install, fit into small locations and have a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours.

CargoRAXX, Booth #33303 introduces their interior SUV storage system. Featuring a lightweight aluminum frame, it’s easily removable and adjustable to accommodate various-sized cargo.

Turnin’ Heads, Booth #90051 launches the concave wheel, which features technology that allows the spoke construction to go deeper into the heart of the barrel within the tight parameter of the mold than what conventional casting would allow.

Griot’s Garage, Booth #13069 announces their professional water house that features a zero-memory design, allowing it to lay flat exactly where you drop it. It has extreme all-weather flexibility, even in sub-zero temperatures as low as -40 degrees and is available in either 60- or 100-ft. lengths.

Exhibitors can upload a press release to the Online Media Center for free. 

We’re here to help. We want your SEMA Show experience to be as easy and enjoyable as possible so that you can concentrate on the important things, such as seeing new products, getting new ideas, discovering new trends, meeting new exhibitors and checking in with your favorite exhibitors. The SEMA Show Strategy Guide is filled with recommendations and suggestions for booking your travel to Las Vegas, ground transportation options, places to eat well but inexpensively, free entertainment hot spots, suggested tipping amounts and more.

Not registered? Don’t miss out on the best business opportunity of the year. Register now.

Got a question? Don’t hesitate to contact us at 909-396-0289.

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:36
By SEMA Editors

 Friday Nights
SEMA Ignited—the official industry after-party—is a great reason to stick around on Friday.
  

This attendee update is the first in a series leading up to the 2015 SEMA Show with the sole purpose of helping attendees to have a successful SEMA Show experience.

New Products Showcase: Visit the No. 1 SEMA Show destination.

  • New, convenient location and hours. The 2015 New Products Showcase will be located on the Skybridge between Central and South Halls, opening Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 a.m.
  • Free Scanners. No need to take notes or rely on your memory. Scanners are available in the New Products Showcase, allowing users to get instant product information, including the exhibitor’s booth location.

Official Housing Partner: Travel Planners offers a lowest-rate guarantee for Las Vegas’ most popular hotels. Book now for the best choice.

We made Friday better. All exhibitors are ready to do business on Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The New Products Showcase, Ford Out Front, GM Proving Ground, SEMA Central, West Coast Customs Experience, Optima Alley and Baja 1000 Score Exhibit are also in operation on Friday. With the SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition, SEMA Cruise and the official industry after-party—SEMA Ignited—Friday is shaping up to be the best day of the Show.

First-Time Exhibitors—Hot Rod Alley

Each year, hundreds of new companies attend the SEMA Show for the first time, providing buyers with access to more companies and products to meet the demands of their customers. The Show's 12 sections represent an immense spectrum of specialty equipment, and new exhibitors are joining the Show from every market.

To view all of the first-time exhibitors and their sections, visit the SEMA Show website

Online Media Center

Buyers and media can stay up to date on the latest exhibitor news via the SEMA Show Online Media Center. Exhibiting companies frequently announce their product debuts, vehicle unveils and other activities that will take place during the 2015 SEMA Show. Here’s the most recent announcements. For a complete list of exhibitor news, visit the SEMA Show website.

Kicker Performance Audio, Booth #11861 has developed four new Vehicle-Specific Solutions (VSS) for Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 truck owners. VSS provides a custom Kicker subwoofer, amplifier, wiring harness and bracketing with repeatable performance.

Diode Dynamics, Booth #11671 announces the first products manufactured using brand-new LED components. Featuring an independent white chip in addition to multicolor functionality, this new automotive lighting technology is substantially brighter and more balanced when compared to that of old technology.

Madico Window Films, Booth #12139 will conduct live demonstrations and customer walkthroughs in their booth at this year’s SEMA Show. “With Madico Behind You, Your Future is Bright” will be the guiding theme for their exhibit space, where Showgoers can learn more about their automotive, solar, safety and security window films.

Race Sport, Booth #11849 announces their “Penetrator” fan-less LED fog kit, which will be released at the 2015 SEMA Show. These kits are easy to install, fit into small locations and have a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours.

CargoRAXX, Booth #33303 introduces their interior SUV storage system. Featuring a lightweight aluminum frame, it’s easily removable and adjustable to accommodate various-sized cargo.

Turnin’ Heads, Booth #90051 launches the concave wheel, which features technology that allows the spoke construction to go deeper into the heart of the barrel within the tight parameter of the mold than what conventional casting would allow.

Griot’s Garage, Booth #13069 announces their professional water house that features a zero-memory design, allowing it to lay flat exactly where you drop it. It has extreme all-weather flexibility, even in sub-zero temperatures as low as -40 degrees and is available in either 60- or 100-ft. lengths.

Exhibitors can upload a press release to the Online Media Center for free. 

We’re here to help. We want your SEMA Show experience to be as easy and enjoyable as possible so that you can concentrate on the important things, such as seeing new products, getting new ideas, discovering new trends, meeting new exhibitors and checking in with your favorite exhibitors. The SEMA Show Strategy Guide is filled with recommendations and suggestions for booking your travel to Las Vegas, ground transportation options, places to eat well but inexpensively, free entertainment hot spots, suggested tipping amounts and more.

Not registered? Don’t miss out on the best business opportunity of the year. Register now.

Got a question? Don’t hesitate to contact us at 909-396-0289.

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:32

By Michael Hart

 electronics
Aftermarket businesspeople should find high profit margins in the automotive electronics segment.
  

In the coming year, aftermarket businesspeople are liable to find high profit margins in the automotive electronics segment—particularly car audio and connectivity products, such as smartphones, according to Tom Ramsey of the Ramsey Consulting Group, who will lead an automotive electronics conference track at the 2015 SEMA Show.

More and more consumers are interested in high-fidelity audio in their vehicles, and not all of them are happy with the factory-installed equipment they’re getting.

High-fidelity audio, that’s really making a comeback,” Ramsey said. “A lot of people are embracing it in their cars.”

At the same time, enthusiasts are interested in upgrading the lighting and audio electronics in their powersports vehicles. Research indicates the average ticket for outfitting UTVs with extras is $1,703, and consumers are ready to ensure a lot of that money is spent on the high-margin items that will be highlighted in the automotive electronics track.

“This is not typically a big do-it-yourselfer market,” Ramsey said. “The vast majority of consumers are using professional installation services for anything that’s electronic in their cars.

Three conference sessions in particular will help attendees find their way into this highly lucrative segment of the industry:

  • Installing High Fidelity Audio in Cars will help attendees grow their businesses with audiophiles who simply are not happy with the factory-installed equipment that the average car owner might settle for.

“These sessions will unveil where the real opportunities are for anybody in the business of selling and installing aftermarket parts and accessories who is thinking of adding an automotive electronics component,” Ramsey said.

View a complete list of SEMA Show Education sessions available.

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:32

By Michael Hart

 electronics
Aftermarket businesspeople should find high profit margins in the automotive electronics segment.
  

In the coming year, aftermarket businesspeople are liable to find high profit margins in the automotive electronics segment—particularly car audio and connectivity products, such as smartphones, according to Tom Ramsey of the Ramsey Consulting Group, who will lead an automotive electronics conference track at the 2015 SEMA Show.

More and more consumers are interested in high-fidelity audio in their vehicles, and not all of them are happy with the factory-installed equipment they’re getting.

High-fidelity audio, that’s really making a comeback,” Ramsey said. “A lot of people are embracing it in their cars.”

At the same time, enthusiasts are interested in upgrading the lighting and audio electronics in their powersports vehicles. Research indicates the average ticket for outfitting UTVs with extras is $1,703, and consumers are ready to ensure a lot of that money is spent on the high-margin items that will be highlighted in the automotive electronics track.

“This is not typically a big do-it-yourselfer market,” Ramsey said. “The vast majority of consumers are using professional installation services for anything that’s electronic in their cars.

Three conference sessions in particular will help attendees find their way into this highly lucrative segment of the industry:

  • Installing High Fidelity Audio in Cars will help attendees grow their businesses with audiophiles who simply are not happy with the factory-installed equipment that the average car owner might settle for.

“These sessions will unveil where the real opportunities are for anybody in the business of selling and installing aftermarket parts and accessories who is thinking of adding an automotive electronics component,” Ramsey said.

View a complete list of SEMA Show Education sessions available.

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:32

By Michael Hart

 electronics
Aftermarket businesspeople should find high profit margins in the automotive electronics segment.
  

In the coming year, aftermarket businesspeople are liable to find high profit margins in the automotive electronics segment—particularly car audio and connectivity products, such as smartphones, according to Tom Ramsey of the Ramsey Consulting Group, who will lead an automotive electronics conference track at the 2015 SEMA Show.

More and more consumers are interested in high-fidelity audio in their vehicles, and not all of them are happy with the factory-installed equipment they’re getting.

High-fidelity audio, that’s really making a comeback,” Ramsey said. “A lot of people are embracing it in their cars.”

At the same time, enthusiasts are interested in upgrading the lighting and audio electronics in their powersports vehicles. Research indicates the average ticket for outfitting UTVs with extras is $1,703, and consumers are ready to ensure a lot of that money is spent on the high-margin items that will be highlighted in the automotive electronics track.

“This is not typically a big do-it-yourselfer market,” Ramsey said. “The vast majority of consumers are using professional installation services for anything that’s electronic in their cars.

Three conference sessions in particular will help attendees find their way into this highly lucrative segment of the industry:

  • Installing High Fidelity Audio in Cars will help attendees grow their businesses with audiophiles who simply are not happy with the factory-installed equipment that the average car owner might settle for.

“These sessions will unveil where the real opportunities are for anybody in the business of selling and installing aftermarket parts and accessories who is thinking of adding an automotive electronics component,” Ramsey said.

View a complete list of SEMA Show Education sessions available.

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:29

By Chad Simon

 
The SEMA Garage features a 1,600-sq.-ft. photography studio, a Fortus 450mc 3D printer and FARO 3D scanner, a new state-of-the-art emissions and dyno lab and more.
  

Nearly 400 SEMA members and Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) members attending the PWA annual conference in Anaheim, California, mingled over dinner and cocktails at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar on Sunday, August 30, during a PWA reception and tour of the newly renovated SEMA Garage.

Several custom vehicles were on display in the parking lot. In the photography studio, members had their pictures taken with the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car—a fullsize operational version of the Star Wars-themed Hot Wheels car based on a C5 Corvette.

After dinner, SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting welcomed attendees, informed them of how they can utilize the various services offered at the new SEMA Garage and introduced SEMA’s new Chairman of the Board, Doug Evans.

In addition, PWA presented a check for $7,000 to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Also, the SEMA Garage emissions lab was unveiled for the first time with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Covering 15,000 sq. ft., the SEMA Garage encompasses a 1,600-sq.-ft. photography studio, a Fortus 450mc 3D printer and FARO 3D scanner, a new state-of-the-art emissions and dyno lab, an expanded training center, a Tech Transfer program with OEM-provided CAD files and a fully equipped installation center. The SEMA Garage often hosts domestic and international vehicle Measuring Sessions where members are provided access to vehicles before they hit dealerships.

For more information on how to take advantage of the services offered at the SEMA Garage, visit the SEMA Garage website

check
PWA presented a check for $7,000 to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. From L-R: Ken Woomer, PWA chairman of the board; Joel Ayres, executive director, Aftermarket Foundation; Doug Evans, SEMA chairman of the board; and Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.
 ribbon
Doug Evans (second from right) cuts the ribbon to mark the offical opening of the new SEMA Garage emissions lab. From L-R: Mike Spagnola, SEMA vice president of OEM and product development programs; Don Manvel, chairman and CEO of AVL North America; and Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.
   
dyno
Immediately after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, SEMA Garage staff fired up the dyno.
  darth
SEMA's Daniel Ogden (right) shows the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car to attendees.
   
3d
SEMA's Matt Cordato (right) demonstrates how the new Fortus 450mc 3D printer works.
  combs
TV personality Jessi Combs (left) and Theresa Contreras (right) have joined forces as the Real Deal—a collaboration of automotive and industrial women who aim to empower and educate others regarding the positive impact associated with design, speed and passion.
Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:29

By Chad Simon

 
The SEMA Garage features a 1,600-sq.-ft. photography studio, a Fortus 450mc 3D printer and FARO 3D scanner, a new state-of-the-art emissions and dyno lab and more.
  

Nearly 400 SEMA members and Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) members attending the PWA annual conference in Anaheim, California, mingled over dinner and cocktails at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar on Sunday, August 30, during a PWA reception and tour of the newly renovated SEMA Garage.

Several custom vehicles were on display in the parking lot. In the photography studio, members had their pictures taken with the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car—a fullsize operational version of the Star Wars-themed Hot Wheels car based on a C5 Corvette.

After dinner, SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting welcomed attendees, informed them of how they can utilize the various services offered at the new SEMA Garage and introduced SEMA’s new Chairman of the Board, Doug Evans.

In addition, PWA presented a check for $7,000 to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Also, the SEMA Garage emissions lab was unveiled for the first time with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Covering 15,000 sq. ft., the SEMA Garage encompasses a 1,600-sq.-ft. photography studio, a Fortus 450mc 3D printer and FARO 3D scanner, a new state-of-the-art emissions and dyno lab, an expanded training center, a Tech Transfer program with OEM-provided CAD files and a fully equipped installation center. The SEMA Garage often hosts domestic and international vehicle Measuring Sessions where members are provided access to vehicles before they hit dealerships.

For more information on how to take advantage of the services offered at the SEMA Garage, visit the SEMA Garage website

check
PWA presented a check for $7,000 to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. From L-R: Ken Woomer, PWA chairman of the board; Joel Ayres, executive director, Aftermarket Foundation; Doug Evans, SEMA chairman of the board; and Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.
 ribbon
Doug Evans (second from right) cuts the ribbon to mark the offical opening of the new SEMA Garage emissions lab. From L-R: Mike Spagnola, SEMA vice president of OEM and product development programs; Don Manvel, chairman and CEO of AVL North America; and Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.
   
dyno
Immediately after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, SEMA Garage staff fired up the dyno.
  darth
SEMA's Daniel Ogden (right) shows the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car to attendees.
   
3d
SEMA's Matt Cordato (right) demonstrates how the new Fortus 450mc 3D printer works.
  combs
TV personality Jessi Combs (left) and Theresa Contreras (right) have joined forces as the Real Deal—a collaboration of automotive and industrial women who aim to empower and educate others regarding the positive impact associated with design, speed and passion.
Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:29

By Chad Simon

 
The SEMA Garage features a 1,600-sq.-ft. photography studio, a Fortus 450mc 3D printer and FARO 3D scanner, a new state-of-the-art emissions and dyno lab and more.
  

Nearly 400 SEMA members and Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) members attending the PWA annual conference in Anaheim, California, mingled over dinner and cocktails at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar on Sunday, August 30, during a PWA reception and tour of the newly renovated SEMA Garage.

Several custom vehicles were on display in the parking lot. In the photography studio, members had their pictures taken with the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car—a fullsize operational version of the Star Wars-themed Hot Wheels car based on a C5 Corvette.

After dinner, SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting welcomed attendees, informed them of how they can utilize the various services offered at the new SEMA Garage and introduced SEMA’s new Chairman of the Board, Doug Evans.

In addition, PWA presented a check for $7,000 to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Also, the SEMA Garage emissions lab was unveiled for the first time with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Covering 15,000 sq. ft., the SEMA Garage encompasses a 1,600-sq.-ft. photography studio, a Fortus 450mc 3D printer and FARO 3D scanner, a new state-of-the-art emissions and dyno lab, an expanded training center, a Tech Transfer program with OEM-provided CAD files and a fully equipped installation center. The SEMA Garage often hosts domestic and international vehicle Measuring Sessions where members are provided access to vehicles before they hit dealerships.

For more information on how to take advantage of the services offered at the SEMA Garage, visit the SEMA Garage website

check
PWA presented a check for $7,000 to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. From L-R: Ken Woomer, PWA chairman of the board; Joel Ayres, executive director, Aftermarket Foundation; Doug Evans, SEMA chairman of the board; and Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.
 ribbon
Doug Evans (second from right) cuts the ribbon to mark the offical opening of the new SEMA Garage emissions lab. From L-R: Mike Spagnola, SEMA vice president of OEM and product development programs; Don Manvel, chairman and CEO of AVL North America; and Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.
   
dyno
Immediately after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, SEMA Garage staff fired up the dyno.
  darth
SEMA's Daniel Ogden (right) shows the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car to attendees.
   
3d
SEMA's Matt Cordato (right) demonstrates how the new Fortus 450mc 3D printer works.
  combs
TV personality Jessi Combs (left) and Theresa Contreras (right) have joined forces as the Real Deal—a collaboration of automotive and industrial women who aim to empower and educate others regarding the positive impact associated with design, speed and passion.
Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:29

By Chad Simon

 
The SEMA Garage features a 1,600-sq.-ft. photography studio, a Fortus 450mc 3D printer and FARO 3D scanner, a new state-of-the-art emissions and dyno lab and more.
  

Nearly 400 SEMA members and Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) members attending the PWA annual conference in Anaheim, California, mingled over dinner and cocktails at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar on Sunday, August 30, during a PWA reception and tour of the newly renovated SEMA Garage.

Several custom vehicles were on display in the parking lot. In the photography studio, members had their pictures taken with the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car—a fullsize operational version of the Star Wars-themed Hot Wheels car based on a C5 Corvette.

After dinner, SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting welcomed attendees, informed them of how they can utilize the various services offered at the new SEMA Garage and introduced SEMA’s new Chairman of the Board, Doug Evans.

In addition, PWA presented a check for $7,000 to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Also, the SEMA Garage emissions lab was unveiled for the first time with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Covering 15,000 sq. ft., the SEMA Garage encompasses a 1,600-sq.-ft. photography studio, a Fortus 450mc 3D printer and FARO 3D scanner, a new state-of-the-art emissions and dyno lab, an expanded training center, a Tech Transfer program with OEM-provided CAD files and a fully equipped installation center. The SEMA Garage often hosts domestic and international vehicle Measuring Sessions where members are provided access to vehicles before they hit dealerships.

For more information on how to take advantage of the services offered at the SEMA Garage, visit the SEMA Garage website

check
PWA presented a check for $7,000 to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. From L-R: Ken Woomer, PWA chairman of the board; Joel Ayres, executive director, Aftermarket Foundation; Doug Evans, SEMA chairman of the board; and Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.
 ribbon
Doug Evans (second from right) cuts the ribbon to mark the offical opening of the new SEMA Garage emissions lab. From L-R: Mike Spagnola, SEMA vice president of OEM and product development programs; Don Manvel, chairman and CEO of AVL North America; and Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.
   
dyno
Immediately after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, SEMA Garage staff fired up the dyno.
  darth
SEMA's Daniel Ogden (right) shows the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car to attendees.
   
3d
SEMA's Matt Cordato (right) demonstrates how the new Fortus 450mc 3D printer works.
  combs
TV personality Jessi Combs (left) and Theresa Contreras (right) have joined forces as the Real Deal—a collaboration of automotive and industrial women who aim to empower and educate others regarding the positive impact associated with design, speed and passion.