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Ford Raptor Following the Mustang to China

Ford RaptorThe new Ford Raptor, built in Dearborn, Michigan, will be sold in China beginning next year, according to Ford officials. The Raptor will be the first pickup to be officially sold in China by any overseas manufacturer. Unveiled at the April 2016 Beijing Auto Show, the officially imported Raptor will go on sale in the United States later this year and in China in 2017. Ford will introduce only one model to that market initially—a four-door Supercrew with a turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine.

2016 SEMA Middle East

SEMA Middle East Business ConferenceNearly 40 SEMA-member companies traveled together to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of the fifth SEMA Middle East Business Development Program. The companies included manufacturers of engine performance, suspension, interior and exterior products and those whose products are used for racing, street performance and off-roading as well as for classic cars, restoration and hot rods. The group was in the Middle East learning about the local specialty-equipment market firsthand, tazweed-style (Arabic for customization).

It’s a Big World Out There

SEMA International ResourcesWhy export? One of the proven methods to increasing the health of your firm is to diversify your customer base, which can improve your bottom line, lead to product-improvement ideas and improve a firm’s ability to ride out future economic downturns. It is also the way to reach the 97% of consumers residing outside the United States and take advantage of global demand for products made in the United States.

Trans-Pacific Partnership

International Trans-Pacific PartnershipThe United States and 11 other countries have agreed in principle to a mega free-trade agreement to eliminate tariffs and import quotas within their boundaries. Known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the deal includes the United States, Japan, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, and it represents 40% of the world’s gross domestic product.

China Business Development Program

SEMA Garage International Measuring SessionTwenty-one SEMA-member companies recently traveled to Shanghai, China, for the 2015 SEMA China Business Development Program, which included meetings with U.S. government officials in the area, tours of customizing shops, including a new shop that focuses on upgrading and distributing parts solely for Mustangs, Corvettes and other U.S. late-model musclecars, exhibiting in the SEMA section at the sold-out China Auto Salon (CAS) and, for the first time, participating in a measuring session featuring the winning vehicles in a SEMA-conducted survey of top customized vehicles in China that are not available in the United States.

Rigid Industries: Prowess in Exporting

Rigid IndustriesThis is another in a periodic series of reports on SEMA-member companies that have successfully grown their international sales. Each of the companies has utilized one or more SEMA resources or programs designed to assist member companies in growing their export sales. This month’s story features Arizona-based Rigid Industries. SEMA News talked to the firm’s international account manager, Robert Park.

What Global Customers Drive

What Global Customers DriveThe Ford Mustang, Jeep Wrangler and Chevrolet Silverado pickup were winners of the 2014 SEMA Awards, recognizing the year’s hottest vehicles. Does your company make products for those vehicles? Do you sell your products primarily in the United States? If you answered yes to both of these questions but want to expand your sales outside the United States, SEMA’s make/model data can help you get started by giving you easy-to-use information that will help you identify the best markets in terms of vehicle registrations. Through a joint program with the U.S. Department of Commerce and IHS Automotive, SEMA has complied the data into a user-friendly resource.

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