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Located in the Skybridge between the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central and South Halls, the SEMA Show New Products Showcase displays about 3,000 products each year, all organized by Show section. In addition to new releases, there is also a “Featured” category, where exhibitors highlight their signature or best-selling products. Each entry is displayed with detailed product and contact information, making follow-up easy for buyers and media. With all these products gathered in one area, it’s the most efficient way to find new products and generate new business.

Business

  • RetailThe ’80s were a lively time for Jim Maher, a racer born in Ohio and transplanted to California after high school. He competed in the California Independent Funny Car Association (CIFCA) series and, as a true enthusiast, knew the intricacies of his blown alcohol Funny Car better than he knew himself, making him the go-to guy for advice both on and off the dragstrip. As Maher’s knowledge and experience grew, so did the number of those coming to him for coaching, mechanical assistance and general racing wisdom. In 1987, Maher took over as the president of CIFCA, tasked with growing the series and overseeing operations while simultaneously running his own racing team.

Business Technology

  • SDC LogoThe SEMA Data Co-op has become “data central” for hundreds of specialty parts brands, representing millions of part numbers, and tens of millions of vehicle applications. This directory is designed to guide data users to brands that have successfully undertaken the challenge to manage their product data, and to continue to expand reference as more brands are added to the SDC repository.

  • SDCHow many times have you received a product and opened the package only to find that a key component or two was missing? Maybe it was a fastener. Perhaps it was the instructions. It could be you didn’t even realize anything was missing until well into the assembly process. The result was likely a trip to the store for a replacement, a phone call to the manufacturer, or an attempt to simply make it work. Frustrating.

Chris Kersting

  • Chris KerstingIt’s exciting and inspiring to once again be in full SEMA Show mode. On our end, we are finalizing new Show features and details for what looks to be another record-breaking gathering of our industry. We hope that your plans are coming together as well, but we know that doing the advance work to assure a smooth and productive Show—especially for exhibitors—can sometimes seem overwhelming. We want to remind everyone that SEMA has excellent tools available to help.

Events

  • MarketingWhile the SEMA Show builds the optimal environment for matching buyers with sellers, exhibitors may have a variety of different goals for the week, such as making new contacts, or connecting with current customers. With the 2017 SEMA Show now less than eight weeks away, it’s time to be serious about putting together a game plan for attracting the right buyers to your booth.

  • new products showcaseAs we move closer to the rapidly approaching 2017 SEMA Show, the stage is set with an expansive selection of education seminars, special events and interactive experiences for Show attendees to live out firsthand. Year after year, SEMA renews its commitment to bring the most cutting-edge concepts and technologies to the automotive aftermarket, all under one roof in Las Vegas. The following is a list of the top must-see features for the 2017 SEMA Show.

  • SEMA Scholarship GroupThe SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $160,000 to 60 individuals this year, including 53 SEMA scholarships to current students and seven loan forgiveness awards to employees of SEMA-member companies.

  • GattusoAs product innovation propels the automotive specialty-equipment industry forward like never before, the 2017 SEMA Show promises to be the best opportunity yet for bringing buyers and sellers together. With 22 years of experience in producing automotive events, SEMA Trade Shows Director Tom Gattuso is the architect behind America’s largest annual gathering of small businesses in Las Vegas. He recently took some time to talk about what to expect and how to plan for the 2017 SEMA Show.

From The Hill

  • On July 14, 2017, SEMA members joined with car clubs, businesses and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the eighth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). A wide range of events was held in the United States and Canada to commemorate this special day. The celebration was designated by SEMA-requested U.S. Senate Resolution 215, which was sponsored by U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jon Tester (D-MT).

Government Affairs

  • ryan zinkeU.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke intends to create a Recreation Advisory Committee to help expand public/private partnerships on America’s public lands. The announcement was made in conjunction with a meeting in July at the U.S. Department of the Interior with Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) representatives, federal lawmakers and high-ranking officials.

  • JeepAlaska Off-Road Vehicles: Legislation establishing the Jonesville Public Use Area to protect, maintain, perpetuate and enhance year-round public recreation was not considered in committee before the legislature adjourned for the year. The bill would have, among other things, provided opportunities for the public to enjoy the area through a full spectrum of public uses, including the maintenance and enhancement of off-road vehicle recreational opportunities. The measure is eligible for consideration in 2018.

Industry News

  • ’18 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited Softtop: Mechanical details are expected to include significant amounts of aluminum, although the body will be mostly made of steel.

    ’19 Mustang Shelby GT350: Ford will update the GT350 following the facelifted ’18 Mustang line and the upcoming GT500. But this heavily camouflaged prototype was caught testing with the Porsche 911 GT3, suggesting a boost in performance abilities.

    ’19 Ram 1500: FCA is working to get the next-generation RAM to the streets and is anticipating a sales bump from truck-hungry customers.

  • Shell is looking for automotive personalities and enthusiasts to share their stories on the Shell “Pioneering Performance” live stage at the 2017 SEMA Show.

  • Industry news from SEMA-member companies, including Transamerican Wholesale, Motovicity Distribution, 4 Wheel Parts and Galpin Motors.

International

  • Export FairFor the second summer in a row, more than 100 SEMA members, top international buyers, experienced exporters and providers of overseas services gathered July 25–26 for two days of networking and an exchange of exporting best practices and tips at the SEMA Export Fair, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

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New Products

  • Located in the Skybridge between the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central and South Halls, the SEMA Show New Products Showcase displays about 3,000 products each year, all organized by Show section. In addition to new releases, there is also a “Featured” category, where exhibitors highlight their signature or best-selling products. Each entry is displayed with detailed product and contact information, making follow-up easy for buyers and media. With all these products gathered in one area, it’s the most efficient way to find new products and generate new business.

Required Reading

  • Street MuscleOne of SEMA’s missions is to provide the automotive aftermarket with outstanding professional development and training resources. Through various programs, such as the SEMA Young Executives Network, SEMA Launch Pad and SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, the association is helping to develop the industry’s next generation of leaders and innovators. To learn more about the results of some of these programs and initiatives, read the articles by the publications below.

Research

  • Market ReportWhat are the current trend lines for the aftermarket? What parts are selling, and who’s buying them? How are consumers locating and purchasing these products? And what might businesses glean from key economic and industry indicators to help them chart both their short- and long-term growth?

SEMA Heritage

  • heritageThere are two icons of hot rodding in this photo from Rod & Custom’s December 1960 article about organizing tools. One is the magazine’s associate editor, Neal East. The other is the distinctive ’32 Ford that is best known as the Doane Spencer roadster.