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SEMA offers its 6,600-plus member companies a variety of business tools and resources to help their businesses succeed and prosper. Whether you are a manufacturer, retailer, jobber, distributor, rep or installer, SEMA is here to help you make smarter business decisions; be more strategic and targeted with your promotions; save money through group purchases; and network with key businesses and leaders in the industry. For the latest details on association benefits and upcoming activities, visit www.sema.org/benefits.

Business

  • SEMA offers its 6,600-plus member companies a variety of business tools and resources to help their businesses succeed and prosper. Whether you are a manufacturer, retailer, jobber, distributor, rep or installer, SEMA is here to help you make smarter business decisions; be more strategic and targeted with your promotions; save money through group purchases; and network with key businesses and leaders in the industry. For the latest details on association benefits and upcoming activities, visit www.sema.org/benefits.

  • Tech TransferThe SEMA Garage’s Tech Transfer program was originally conceived as a way to help member companies acquire original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) computer-aided design (CAD) data, making it possible to quickly produce parts that fit the latest models. By logging into the Tech Transfer online portal, a member has access to OEM CAD data and the opportunity to request specific data for one or more vehicles.

  • Brick and MortarAlthough life for the local retail outlet has become tougher in the digital age, the traditional brick-and-mortar store is far from dead. In fact, many online “Goliath” merchants are ironically discovering the inherent advantages of brick and mortar and opening “real” storefronts of their own.

Chris Kersting

  • Chris KerstingAs we monitor, measure and guide our progress here at SEMA, we have developed data points that help us understand how well our member-benefit programs are working. Many times, those signals can vary, but data points can align and crystallize on occasion, making what was cloudy suddenly obvious.

Education

  • Higher EducationSEMA’s education team has a new initiative to connect automotive aftermarket companies with higher-education institutions. Through this grassroots approach to reaching students who are beginning to look for careers, SEMA aims to introduce the vast number of job functions available in the automotive aftermarket industry. There are a number of opportunities for companies to have a presence in their local schools and communities through SEMA by participating in career fairs, holding student interview days on campus, hosting students for a facility tour or giving a presentation in a classroom setting.

From The Hill

  • Rep. Patrick McHenryU.S. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) is a native North Carolinian and the son of a lawn-care business owner, so it’s no coincidence that he is a key defender of both racing and small businesses. When you look at Rep. McHenry’s public career, it’s clear that he has been on the fast track.

Government Affairs

  • ArkansasArkansas Historic Vehicles: After an outpouring of opposition statewide, legislation to substantially increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as historic or special-interest vehicles was withdrawn by the sponsor. Under the bill, the age requirement would have been raised from 25 to at least 45 years old. The bill also would have required that a historic-vehicle owner have registered one or more vehicles used for daily transportation. The bill had been introduced and rushed through the committee process on a single day before being withdrawn from consideration on the House floor.

Industry News

  • ’19 Ford Ranger Mule: Ford is testing the Ranger ahead of the truck’s reintroduction to the United States in 2019.

    Toyota Tundra: Toyota is looking to give the Tundra another update before a new version appears sometime around 2020.

    ’18 Jeep Wrangler: It appears that the new Wrangler will be a mild evolution from the current Wrangler.

    ’19 Chevrolet Silverado: Camouflaged as a RAM in the front and an F-150 in the rear, this new Silverado makes generous use of LED lighting all around.

  • Exhibitors are invited to Las Vegas for the SEMA Exhibitor Summit—the most direct, cost-effective way to prepare for the 2017 SEMA Show.

  • Industry news from SEMA-member companies, including Vipar Heavy Duty, Distinctive Industries, Weld Racing, Westin Automotive and more.

Inside SEMA

  • SDC LogoLast month, I mentioned the SEMA Data Co-op’s (SDC) “If it ain’t broke, fix it anyway” philosophy. This month, I would like to expand on that a bit.

Internet

  • FacebookFans of Facebook—and there are more than a billion of them—now have a near mirror image of the social network that they can use for their businesses. Dubbed Workplace by Facebook, the new app offers all of the familiar features that have made Facebook the world’s most popular digital meeting place. The primary difference is that Workplace by Facebook enables businesses to use the familiar Facebook environment to create an entirely private social network for their employees and trusted trading partners.

Member News

  • SEMA advocates, protects, serves and provides benefits for its members. SEMA members are companies that manufacture, sell, promote, install or distribute products for the automotive aftermarket. Becoming a member of SEMA offers companies benefits, such as key data through market research reports, impactful legislative updates, cost-saving services and access to state-of-the-art equipment at the SEMA Garage. Employees of SEMA-member companies also receive benefits through membership, such as continued industry education, professional development, career services, networking events, recognition opportunities and more.

Required Reading

  • AutozuliaAs the premier automotive trade show in the world, the SEMA Show attracts visitors from more than 140 countries. In fact, 25% of attendees are from outside the United States. That includes international media who share trends, new products and announcements with readers throughout the world.

SEMA Heritage

  • HeritageIn its March 1962 issue, Rod & Custom magazine launched a series of Rod Tests, in which its editors put hot rods and custom cars through the same kind of driving evaluation that new cars got in Motor Trend and other buff books of the time.