Below is this week’s list of SEMA Show 2007 exhibitors offering products to project-vehicle builders for free or at a discounted rate. To see previous submissions, click here.
Are you a SEMA Show exhibitor looking to recruit or serve as a mentor to an enthusiastic, career-driven college intern during the 2007 SEMA Show? Register today for the 2007 SEMA Show Internship Program. The internship program is an excellent opportunity for the participating exhibitors to observe, influence and potentially hire new talent actively pursuing a career in the specialty equipment market industry.
Exhibitors with celebrities or famous vehicles at the SEMA Show are encouraged to submit details about the celebrity appearances to Lisa Schafer at email@example.com.
Approved appearances and vehicles will be promoted to buyers, media and other attendees through SEMA publications and signage at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Details should include:
Exhibitors are invited to announce newsworthy information by conducting a press conference during the 2007 SEMA Show.
To schedule a press conference, exhibitors must submit Media Conference Applications by Friday, Sept. 14. Media conferences are scheduled in advance by SEMA staff to avoid conflicts. Due to limited time slots, all media conference topics must be pre-qualified by SEMA. Exhibitors are not authorized to hold media conferences outside of the official schedule or off-site during Show hours.
Trends. Some are good, some are horrible. A few are as obvious as the nose on your face, others are as subtle as the wink of an eye. But every trend helps steer the industry and its businesses, and all of the industry’s businesses can benefit by recognizing and acting upon trends. To that end, SEMA News magazine is looking for industry insiders who can provide expertise in spotting and evaluating automotive specialty-equipment trends, and people who understand the industry in general and specific market segments.
Serving both form and function, bumpers protect and personalize our cars, and enthusiasts have demonstrated they’ll pay high-dollar for the right fit and application. For the first two quarters of 2007, enthusiasts spent more than $1 million on bumpers, bumper covers and related parts via online auction, according to data from Terapeak, a developer of market-focused research software that monitors online sales and auctions.
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Light-truck product sales have grabbed an even bigger slice of the specialty-equipment industry pie in the last decade, rising 5.5% from 1996–2006, according to SEMA Market Research in its recent Light-Truck Market Update.
Even as the industry has grown, the light-truck market has increased its market share from 28.5% in 1996 to 33.9% last year. The actual sales figure more than doubled in that period, from $5.03 billion to $12.45 billion.
Automotive enthusiasts are most interested in musclecars, street rods, customs and restored vehicles, according to SEMA market research. So who are these enthusiasts? The following is a short excerpt from the 2006 Hot Rod Industry Report, which provides demographic data on this group:
The companies below represent the members that comprise the Select Committee of SEMA's Wheel & Tire Council (WTC). The council’s mission is to identify common problems and opportunities relating to the aftermarket wheel industry that the council, as an interested body of companies, can address for the common good. Information about the WTC is available online at www.sema.org/wtc, or by e-mailing Paul Moritz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WTC Select Committee