Mirroring the explosive growth of the Brazilian specialty-equipment market, Brazilian buyer attendance at the 2007 SEMA Show grew 72% from the 2006 Show, the single largest increase in international buyer attendance last year. Following Brazil’s increase were buyers from Germany (up 18%) and Australia (17%).
Below are the most recent companies that have signed up to exhibit at the SEMA Spring Expo or SEMA OFFROAD. The shows are set for February 8–9, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. For a complete list of exhibitors, click here. To reserve your spot at the upcoming events, visit www.semaspringexpo.com or www.semaoffroad.com.
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:
Dates and locations for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows and activities have been announced. Details are:
The SEMA National Education Conference, scheduled April 10–11 in Nashville, is a concentrated, two-day leadership program developed exclusively for automotive specialty-equipment executives. With the knowledge shared at this conference, you'll discover how to lead your company to new levels of success. You'll receive real-world skills for immediate application, targeted information presented specifically for the automotive specialty-equipment industry and inspiration to make the necessary changes to more easily and effectively meet the challenges of a rapidly changing future.
The deadline to enter the 14th Annual Creative Styling & Trim Awards Competition hosted by General Motors during the SEMA Spring Expo (SSE) is next Friday, January 18. The entry form is available online by clicking here.
Open to restylers, installers, truck accessory retailers and SSE exhibitors, the competition showcases and recognizes installer ingenuity, craftsmanship and creativity. The competition will feature five GM divisions—Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Hummer and Pontiac.
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LTAA members exhibiting at the 2008 SEMA Spring Expo or SEMA OFFROAD are encouraged to enter their products into the council's New Product Awards competition.
Yokohama Tire Corporation promoted Dan Guiney to director of technical services. According Jim MacMaster, Yokohama executive vice president, business division, Guiney, "is a consummate professional. Dan's engineering expertise will be used in several areas to assist Yokohama, including more involvement in tire testing; quality control and audits; consumer affairs, OE testing; and aftermarket service. Plus, Dan is Yokohama's technical representative to the Rubber Manufacturers Association."
COUNTDOWN TO 2008; CARQUEST AUTO PARTS NHRA WINTERNATIONALS A MONTH AWAY: With only 31 days standing between now and the opening race of the 2008 season, many teams and drivers are making their final preparations for the 48th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, February 7–10 at the historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. For the latest news on team preparations, visit www.nhra.com.