Walk around the SEMA Show or attend an industry gathering, and it’s likely you’ll run into some old timers—folks who’ve spent the better part of their lives working in and devoted to the aftermarket industry.
In keeping with its mission to identify and communicate knowledge of evolving trends and new technologies, the Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) has created an online platform to engage and reach engineers practically 24/7 at either their workplaces or via their mobile devices as they travel.
Much like SEMA’s mission to help members’ businesses grow and prosper by providing a range of resources, SEMA councils and networks also offer deliverables to their members. For the Wheel & Tire Council, that means providing a forum for member companies to work together to identify and address industry-related issues and explore opportunities in the aftermarket wheel industry.
Selling to car dealers is not an easy proposition. It takes more than installing a few accessories on a vehicle and walking cold into a dealership to make a sale and build a long-lasting, value-based relationship.
Each year at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) puts together an entire week of activities that includes a general membership meeting, two seminars, and a Friday evening reception featuring the induction of new MPMC Hall of Fame members.
In the ensuing years, TCIA focused on expanding its membership and services, including producing trade shows focused on the truck cap and light-truck accessory market. As the industry continued to evolve, and to better define its members’ interest in all aspects of light-truck accessories, the organization’s name was changed in 1992 to the Truck Cap & Accessory Association (TCAA).
If you’re a hot-rod builder, securing a coveted spot in the annual Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) feature vehicle program is a lot like winning a lottery. That’s because, of the many applications received, a mere 10 one-of-a-kind rods end up selected for display at the SEMA Show.
The Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) is eagerly anticipating the 2019 Spring Carlisle Swap Meet, Corral and Auction, where the council will once again present its Hot Products Showcase at the 150-acre facility in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
By definition, a trade association is an organization established to operate within a specific industry and engage in various activities such as educational programming, legislative advocacy, trade shows and conferences, networking and other undertakings, all for the benefit of its members. Sound familiar? It should, because all of those things are at the heart of SEMA’s mission.
Members of the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) were treated to several segment-specific activities throughout the week of the 2018 SEMA Show, beginning with a general membership meeting held on Monday, October 29.