SEMA SHOW ’nuff said

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SEMA SHOW ’nuff said

There were more than 130,000 dealer and exhibitor attendees at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show this year, up from 2006. The number of dealers attending was up five-fold compared to four years ago, according to SEMA.

At the Performance Tires & Wheels section sponsored by the Tire Industry Association (TIA), the number of exhibiters increased by at least 17 versus last year, representing an additional 29,000 square feet of space. Attendance at TIA’s Welcome Reception and Breakfast with the President was up as well.

Attendees from more than 100 countries had the opportunity to walk 1.1 million square feet of interior exhibit space, and an additional one million square feet of space outside the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For those of you who couldn’t attend this year, Modern Tire Dealer did the walking for you. We discovered all sorts of new tires on and off the trade show floor. There were ultra-high performance passenger and light truck tires, luxury touring tires, all-terrain tires, even D.O.T.-approved race tires. The pageantry wasn’t limited to consumer tires, either.

We even checked out the Sands Expo and Convention Center, home of the Automotive Aftermarket Products Exposition (AAPEX) for more new products.

Our coverage of the 2007 SEMA Show also includes an update on tire pressure monitoring systems, which are now mandated on all 2008 model-year light vehicles, and a look at the hot topic of counterfeit tires through the eyes of new TIA President Peggy Fisher.

Mark Twain once described golf as a “good walk spoiled.” That was definitely not the case at this year’s SEMA Show. Check out our coverage in the series of articles on this Web site.

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