The fundamental aim of the Manufacturers’ Representative Network MRN is to provide a forum for manufacturers’ representatives for the goal of increasing their impact as an industry, exploring problems with common attention and worry, expanding their collective knowledge, and raising the overall image of the profession. MRN directs its efforts toward addressing key industry issues while arising strategies and programs designed to fulfill the special needs of manufacturers’ representatives. The network is progressing toward providing tangible programs and developing enterprise alternatives for its membership. SEMA’s Wheel and Tire Council WTC held its annual regular membership assembly at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, in early February.
Current and aspiring individuals, council leadership and SEMA staff met to discuss key council priorities in the coming year, adding car data, store merits and industry outreach. Council participants also discussed the need for acquiring reliable and exact dimension data on new vehicles, and SEMA Garage staff mentioned OEM measuring classes, the Tech Transfer application and additional substances accessible via SEMA to supplement the latest WTC Wheel Measurement Database. Racing and Performance remains to be the biggest phase at the SEMA Show, expanding regularly in net square photos from year to year. In 2015, exhibitors also entered nearly 1,000 racing and performance items into the New Products Showcase—growth of more than 25% over 2014. LED lights and EFI answers were among the most scanned merchandise that piqued buyer interest.
Other standouts protected Brembo’s B M8 monobloc caliper, winner of the Best Engineered New Product award; CandR Performance’s drag race barrel intercooler, winner of the Best Performance Racing Product award; and aFe Power’s DFS780 series diesel fuel system, winner of the Performance Street Product award.