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Exhibitor Essentials

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Key Services and Suppliers for a Successful Trade-Show Booth

With the 2012 SEMA Show mere months away, smart exhibitors are already contemplating their booth spaces. They know that a booth’s branding, contents and arrangement all contribute massively to their ability to attract buyers, acquire new leads and have a successful Show. However, first-time exhibitors (and maybe a few returnees, as well) may be scratching their heads over booth essentials—the fixtures and services that can make or break their return on investment.

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Matchmaking, SEMA Style

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SEMA led a fact-finding and buying mission to the Middle East, where Abu Dhabi was the venue for a one-on-one matchmaking event held April 17–20. Through a series of private meetings and networking events, participating U.S. manufacturers gathered with pre-vetted local importers and retailers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and from throughout the region for the SEMA Middle East Market Development Conference. An intimate, hotel-based, one-on-one setting allowed manufacturers and buyers the opportunity to get to know one another over several full days and included receptions and events at the Yas Marina Circuit, which is the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Carroll Shelby: Synonymous With Performance

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Carroll Shelby, who passed away in May at the age of 89, was a true icon in the automotive world—someone whose name was literally synonymous with performance. Ask anyone to list their 10 favorite cars of all time, and chances are good that at least one will carry Shelby’s name or have been influenced by the flight instructor turned chicken farmer turned sports car racer turned car builder turned entrepreneur turned philanthropist.

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SEMA Show Products in Enthusiasts Publications

Only industry professionals qualify to attend the SEMA Show. So each year, auto enthusiasts and the general public wait patiently for Show coverage in their favorite magazines. They want to find out what amazing new items the manufacturers debuted and what the must-have product is going to be. Luckily, these magazines do a standout job of covering the new products and bringing the trade-only SEMA Show to their readers.

SEMA Fast Facts

Breaking news from Performance Automatic, Meyer Distributing, Wizards Products, Justice Brothers, Ohio Technical College and Edelbrock, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Roadwire and more.

What Is Hot Rodding?

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilThe debate surrounding the definition of a “hot rod” has been raging for as long as people have been into cars. We asked a group of Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) friends to help us define hot rodding in their own words. From the legends of our industry to the next generation, it is clear that hot rodding has less to do with the vehicle and more to do with an attitude and lifestyle.

Precision Tools

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There are basics to manufacturing that change little over time. To create marketable parts, manufacturers must mold, mill, drill, cut, weld and otherwise fabricate raw materials into something consumers find useful. The tools used to do these things are another matter altogether. It’s no secret that machine technologies are changing rapidly.

SEMA News recently decided to explore some of the incredible capital equipment that’s become standard in the modern small to medium manufacturing facility. In some cases, we discovered tools that truly fit the word “revolutionary.” In others, we found new twists on old tooling standbys—twists that make them more efficient or cost effective. The following is a quick survey of a few of our favorites for measuring, cutting and fabricating.

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