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Connect with International Buyers and Media at the 2022 SEMA Show

Thousands of trade buyers from throughout the world will descend on Las Vegas for the 2022 SEMA Show.

 

International Roundtables

Monday, October 31, 2022
Upper West Hall, room W229
 

Learn about international markets and network with international buyers and other exporters at these four sessions:

Middle East Tazweed (11am-12pm) - The United Arab Emirates and surrounding countries provide some of the best opportunities for U.S. specialty-parts manufacturers. Meet with buyers from throughout the region who will let you know what their customers want. Learn how to cash in on this lucrative region filled with passionate consumers with disposable income. Discover why off-roading, classic-car collecting and motorsports are all strong markets throughout the region. Attendees will also learn about plans for the 2023 SEMA Middle East Business Development Program.

 

Connect with Buyers Down Under: Australia and New Zealand  (12:15pm-1:15pm) - Meet for lunch and conversation with top buyers from Down Under. Learn the latest trends from distributors of off-road, styling, restoration and performance products and the opportunities in this country of pickup (utes) and SUV customizing fanatics, V8 lovers and diehard hot-rod enthusiasts. Learn about the upcoming 2023 SEMA Australia Business Development Program.

 

Nordic Region: Explore the Opportunities in the Vintage Car and Performance Niches (2:30pm-3:30pm) - Learn the potential for your products in this performance and classic-car paradise. Meet with top trade buyers enabling the half-century-old craze in Sweden and the surrounding countries of Norway, Finland and Denmark to restore and upgrade American classics. Performance upgrades are among the top modifications sought for a range of vehicles. After all, the region is the headquarters of the European Drag Racing Championship and performance for street use as well as circuit and drag racing, rally racing, and drifting. High disposable income coupled with a passion for personalization makes this a very attractive region. Hear feedback from the first SEMA Nordic trip and plans for future events.

 

Latin America: Learn What's Hot and What's Not (3:45pm-4:45pm) - Trade buyers and the media from Central and South America will discuss their respective markets and the opportunity in this pickup truck and car-crazy region. Learn what's hot—and what's not. Get insider tips into which vehicles are local customizers' rides of choice and the top-selling products. Learn more about the opportunities and challenges facing U.S. manufacturers seeking to sell into Latin America--everything from language issues, tariffs and small fragmented markets to how U.S. companies have overcome these challenges.

 

 

Attend the SEMA Show's Interna­tional Happy Hour

The event, to be held Wednesday, November 3, provides an opportunity to meet with not only international buyers from around the world but also interna­tional media. Visit 2022 SEMA Show International Happy Hour Exhibitor Registration to register.

 

Center for International Commerce (CIC)

Located in Las Vegas Convention Center room Westgate 233, the CIC offers com­plimentary private meeting space and interpreters to facilitate meet­ings between exhibitors and interna­tional buyers. A team of interpreters will be on hand to assist in bilingual communication in key languages such as Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Portuguese. Exhibi­tors are welcome to use these export-oriented services. Information will also be available regarding SEMA's upcoming international business-development events.

 

 

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January 2020

1999 Jeep Wrangler Delivered to Wichita Falls Career Education Center Auto Shop

Wichita Falls Career Education Center, located in Wichita Falls, TX is partnering with the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 1999 Jeep Wrangler TJ before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. Wichita Falls Career Education Center's sponsors are listed below.

 

MEET THE SCHOOL

 

WFISD Career Education Center (CEC) is a state-of-the-art facility that prides itself in thinking outside of the box. Their automotive program has created partnerships and opportunities with their local community to produce students that are ready for the workforce and/or higher education. The CEC has both an automotive technology and collision program bosting over 100 students. These students are preparing for ASE certifications and range from 10th -12th grade with a variety of backgrounds and interest in the auto field.

SPONSORS - Wichita Falls Career Education Center

 

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January 2020

1996 Toyota 4Runner Delivered to Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Auto Shop

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, located in Santa Ynez, CA is a returning partner of the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 1996 3rd Gen Toyota 4Runner before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. Santa Ynez Valley Union High School's sponsors are listed below.

 

 

MEET THE SCHOOL

 

The Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Automotive Technology Dept not only provides students with automotive skillsets and knowledge but gives them a great sense of community. The program, better known as Pirates Garage, hosts an annual car show in their local community, which raises funds to support programs such as sending students to the SkillsUSA competition, community service projects, Pirate Garage Race Team activities, vehicle restoration projects and team uniforms. The students also spend a great deal of time prepping cars for their Pirate Garage Race Team, which participates in the JB Dewar Tractor Restoration Project, Skills USA and more. Santa Ynez High School students will have the opportunity to develop and master the skills needed to go forward in the workplace or seek additional education in the automotive industry. Santa Ynez Valley Union High School students will be building a 1996 Toyota 4Runner as part of the 2020-2021 SEMA High School Vehicle Build. The Jeep will be sold at the end of the school year and proceeds will go towards funding another vehicle build for the school.

SPONSORS - Santa Ynez Valley Union High School

 
 
 
 

BUILD UPDATES

 

January 2020

2002 Jeep Wrangler Delivered to Santa Fe ECO Auto Shop

Santa Fe ECO, located in Santa Fe, NM is a returning partner of the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. Santa Fe ECO's sponsors are listed below.

 

 

MEET THE SCHOOL

 

Santa Fe Early College Opportunities Applied Science Magnet School (Santa Fe ECO) is a magnet high school that provides applied sciences and tech training along with traditional academic classes. The school has a robust automotive education program with training in auto tech, auto collision and welding courses. SEMA partnered with Santa Fe ECO in 2018 to pilot the High School Vehicle Build Program with a 2015 4WD Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that the students rebuilt and customized. The Jeep was auctioned off for more than $56,000, which led to the continued expansion of the program. Check out their 2018 build! The students at Santa Fe ECO will be building a 2002 Jeep Wrangler as part of the 2020-2021 SEMA High School Vehicle Build. The Jeep will again be sold at the end of the school year. Proceeds from the auction will go towards funding another vehicle build for the school.

SPONSORS - Santa Fe ECO

 
 
 
 

BUILD UPDATES

 

January 2020

1997 Toyota 4Runner Delivered to R.L. Turner High School Auto Shop

R.L. Turner High School, located in Carrollton, TX is a returning partner of the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 1997 3rd Gen Toyota 4Runner before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. R.L. Turner High School's sponsors are listed below.

 

 

MEET THE SCHOOL

 

Students at R.L. Turner high school have a long history and passion for automobiles and accessorizing their vehicles. Photos in yearbooks dating back to the 1960's that highlight the school's hot rod club. Today, many students have a desire to make modifications and upgrades to their personal vehicles, but do not have the resources or funds to make that happen. The auto shop class, which is a NATEF Accredited Program, provides an outlet and learning opportunities for students interested in the automotive field. With a fully equipped, state of the art facility, students learn both basic and advanced techniques in automotive technician, collision and repair, fabrication and more.

The students at R.L. Turner will be building a 1997 Toyota 4Runner as part of the 2020-2021 SEMA High School Vehicle Build. The Jeep will be sold at the end of the school year and proceeds will go towards funding another vehicle build for the school.

SPONSORS - R.L. Turner High School

 

BUILD UPDATES

 

January 2020

1996 Toyota 4Runner Delivered to Omaha Public Schools Career Center Auto Shop

Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Career Center, located in Omaha, NE is partnering with the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 1996 3rd Gen Toyota 4Runner before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. OPS Career Center's sponsors are listed below.

 

 

MEET THE SCHOOL

 

The Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Career Center Automotive Program is a three-year automotive technology program with two ASE Certified instructors. Enrollment is available for students attending one of seven OPS High schools. Opened in 1985, the Career Center continues the legacy of former Omaha Technical High School (1924-1984). Automotive Technology has been an integral program since the beginning of Technical High School.

Students can take courses in Steering and Suspension, Brakes, HVAC, Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Transmissions, and Electrical. More than 12 industry certifications can be earned by students. Additionally, automotive courses taken at the Career Center are recognized as related instruction in Youth Registered Apprenticeships with two local car dealers. There are between 80-100 students enrolled annually in the Automotive Technology program.

SPONSORS - Omaha Public Schools Career Center

 

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January 2020

2002 Jeep Wrangler Delivered to Mon Valley Career & Technical Center Auto Shop

Mon Valley Career & Technical Center, located in Charleroi, PA is partnering with the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. Mon Valley Career & Technical Center's sponsors are listed below.

 

 

MEET THE SCHOOL

 

Automotive Technology at Mon Valley Career and Technology Center provides students with a comprehensive, 3-year program designed to prepare students to confidently enter the automotive industry. Faculty and staff strives to exceed the needs and expectations of the industry by teaching core skills and techniques along with the soft skills needed to excel in the automotive setting.

Students have the opportunity to earn over 15 industry certifications and work in live a shop through the cooperative education program. Engineering and creativity is promoted through the school's Wolfpack Customs program where students from many programs can participate in automobile performance and customization to create amazing vehicles.

SPONSORS - Mon Valley Career & Technology Center

 

BUILD UPDATES

 

January 2020

2004 Jeep Wrangler Delivered to McGavock High School Auto Shop

McGavock High School, located in Nashville, TN is partnering with the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 2004 Jeep Wrangler TJ before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. McGavock High School's sponsors are listed below.

 

 

MEET THE SCHOOL

 

The McGavock High School Automotive Diesel program is a nationally certified, three-year program that actively prepares students for the high stakes automotive field in both post-secondary education and the work force. As the only auto diesel program in the state of Tennessee and an integral part of the school's Academy of Aviation and Transportation and as Metro Nashville Public Schools' reigning Academy of the Year, the program provides students in grades 10 through 12 with a strong foundation in the repair, maintenance, and customization of a wide variety of automobiles.

Students in McGavock's Auto Diesel program have received numerous scholarships and admittance into prestigious programs, including Wirtgen America's R-BEST training program, and formed an engine building team as well. The program combines classroom instruction with hands-on training to provide our students with the knowledge and skills to achieve great success in the automotive field.

SPONSORS - McGavock High School

 
 

BUILD UPDATES

 

January 2020

1997 Toyota 4Runner Delivered to John Hersey High School Auto Shop

John Hersey High School, located in Arlington Heights, IL is partnering with the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 1997 3rd Gen Toyota 4Runner before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. John Hersey High School's sponsors are listed below.

 

 

MEET THE SCHOOL

 

Automotive Technology at John Hersey High School is an ASE Education Foundation Certified program that provides training to over 125 students annually in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Students learn everything from basic automotive knowledge to advanced diagnostics throughout the 4 years offered at Hersey, typically culminating in a large fabrication and customization build.

Preparing students for their next stage in life is the program's goal, whether that means going into the industry or being an informed automotive consumer/hobbyist. Students have the opportunity to earn over 10 industry certifications before graduation as well as dual credit in Automotive Technology though a local community college.

SPONSORS - John Hersey High School

 

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January 2020

1997 Toyota 4Runner Delivered to Comstock High School Auto Shop

Comstock High School, located in Kalamazoo, MI is a returning partner of the Specialty Equipment Market Association for their high school vehicle build program. Students of the high school auto tech program will be customizing a 1997 3rd Gen Toyota 4Runner before the end of the 2020 school year.

The program, aimed to provide an educational, hands on experience while introducing high school students to the customization hobby has generated interest and support from the industry. Many companies have raised their hands to support the builds through product donations. Comstock High School's sponsors are listed below.

 

 

MEET THE SCHOOL

 

The Comstock Automotive Technology program is a 2.5-year class held at Comstock High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The program consists of three courses and teaches ASE Education Foundation standards to instill skills such as fundamentals of automotive service; maintenance; and repair, including engine repair, fuel systems, electrical, electronics, steering, suspension and braking systems.

The auto shop program is part of an education consortium called Education for Employment (EFE) where they are able to invite students from other local high schools into their program. There are typically 90-100 students from grades 9-12 each year who participate in the auto tech program.

Comstock High School students will be building a 1997 Toyota 4Runner as part of the 2020-2021 SEMA High School Vehicle Build. The Jeep will be sold at the end of the school year and proceeds will go towards funding another vehicle build for the school.