From the influence of Internet sales to the integration of new materials and advanced manufacturing processes, the tire and wheel industries remain in flux.
Debuting earlier this week, the new SEMA Battle of the Builders® TV program is generating a lot of buzz among both the industry and fans.
Held in conjunction with the recent 2015 SEMA Show, the annual Global Tire Expo (GTE)—Powered by the Tire Industry Association (TIA)—continued its reputation as a world-class show within a show, highlighting the tire niche’s tremendous significance within the automotive specialty-equipment marketplace.
Replacing wheels can create an enormous change in the appearance of any vehicle, and properly selected wheels are also performance parts that reduce unsprung weight and improve handling. That’s why the wheel segment continues to be among the most robust in the automotive specialty-equipment industry. Wheel builders continue to refine manufacturing techniques such as laser cutting for high-quality surface finishes and evolving designs that include deep concaves, mesh spokes and revolving caps.
In addition to co-presenting the annual Global Tire Expo (GTE)—Powered by the Tire Industry Association, the annual SEMA Show’s New Products Showcase also features a tire category with product for passenger cars, trucks and off-roading as well as associated equipment such as tire-pressure monitoring sensors, tire changers, sealants and more. The following pages provide a look at the entries in the tire section of the Showcase, with dozens of introductions and innovations for tire dealers and businesses that offer tire-related products.
Member businesses tell us that finding qualified prospects to fill jobs is among their toughest challenges. Our members are seeking the next generation of workers—the people who will bring the kind of skills, energy and ideas that every business needs to grow and prosper.
For nearly 50 years, the annual SEMA Show has served as the premier gathering for the automotive industry. When SEMA Ignited debuted in 2014, it gave consumers a chance to join in the excitement at the official SEMA Show after-party. With thousands of consumers and automotive enthusiasts in attendance, the 2015 SEMA Ignited made news. The event gave consumers a chance to get up close to one-of-a-kind vehicle builds, meet celebrities and bear witness as the winner of the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition was announced.
It takes dedication, hard work and drive to build and grow an automotive specialty-equipment business. Even more so to grow an entire industry. Yet to help its members succeed and prosper, SEMA relies on individuals from every industry segment to step forward and bring their own vision and initiative. Consequently, it seems only fitting once a year to celebrate an individual whose contributions best embody this SEMA mission. For 2015, that individual is Kathryn Reinhardt of MagnaFlow, who found herself named SEMA Person of the Year at the recent 2015 SEMA Show Industry Banquet in Las Vegas.
Read more for the vehicles Ford is offering for the 2016 SEMA Show.