January/April 2001

Something for Everyone
SEMA 2000 Offers Exhibitors and 
Attendees Las Vegas-Style Success
by Penny Beverage

The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) united the aftermarket auto industry in Las Vegas, October 30-November 3, 2000. From sunroofs, windshields, tools, window film, custom rims and tires and high-performance engines, to tents that are actually designed to sit on top of your vehicle, the show truly had something for everyone in the vicinity to enjoy.

And, it certainly had some offerings for the auto glass industry. Several companies, including the Donnelly Corp., Spec-Temp Inc., AEGIS Tools and Delta Kits Inc., made the trek to Vegas for the show, which more than 80,000 attended.

Delta Kits Inc. of Eugene, Ore., exhibited its windshield repair kits and distributed literature on a number of items, including its own products and how they work, customer testimonials from those who have employed the kits successfully and step-by-step tips for how to select a windshield repair system. With Delta’s kits, the company offers a one-day free training course, comprehensive instruction manual, 38-minute training video and unlimited toll-free technical support. 

Spec-Temp Inc. displayed its tempered glass for truck caps. Spec-Temp Inc. of Antwerp, Ohio, showed off its curved tempered glass for truck caps and conversion vans. The company suggests installing its aftermarket sidelites, backlites, moonroofs and sliding cab windows to enhance a vehicle’s appearance and functionality. The glass can be customized with bending, printing, edgework and holes to suit each and every one of your customers’ most specific desires. 

Mathetes Technology Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn., displayed its innovative moisture sensor, the Rain Tracker. According to the company, the Rain Tracker senses moisture hitting the windshield of a vehicle and adjusts the wipers accordingly. The sensor is mounted on the inside surface of a windshield behind the rearview mirror, where it uses beams of infrared invisible light to detect moisture on the outside glass surface. Using these sensors, the Rain Tracker continually adjusts the speed of the windshield wipers, depending on the intensity and amount of rain falling at each moment. SEMA selected the Rain Tracker as the Best New Accessory Product at the show. 

The second runner-up of the Best New Pickup/SUV/Van Product Wheels, Tires & Suspension category was Street Scene Equipment’s Signal Mirrors. Hailing from Costa Mesa, Calif., Street Scene Equipment boasts that its mirrors allow fellow motorists to see which direction a driver is heading. Bright LED arrows shine from behind the mirror glass when a turn signal is turned on. According to the company, this aftermarket product can easily be used as an upgrade from manual mirrors. 

In Best New Performance Racing Products, Flex-A-Lite’s molded Flexite window kit was selected as first runner-up. The kits are designed specially for the 1992-95 Honda Civic hatchback and the 1988-91 CRX hatchback. Each contains pre-formed, quarter-rear sidelites, as well as a backlite to fit into the original window seal. The company, which is based in Milton, Wash., says its Flexite windows can reduce the weight of a vehicle by more than 20 pounds, and provide higher scratch and impact resistance than OEM glass.

Saint-Gobain showed its adhesive tapes. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics even made it out for the show, travelling all the way from Granville, N.Y., to exhibit its Norton® Foam Attachment Tapes. According to the company, the tapes can be used to attach anything, including moulding. Saint-Gobain’s Performance Plastics says the tape also has excellent adhesion, a unique foam core and high weatherability. Likewise, it eliminates the need for mechanical fasteners, which can cut down on corrosion and rust. The company also has a large number of sealants and gaskets available. 

The Donnelly Corp. debuted its VideoMirror System. The Donnelly Corp. of Holland, Mich., debuted its VideoMirror™ line at SEMA 2000. The line includes a variety of cameras mounted to mirrors to provide drivers with views of the back seat and greater exterior views of the car. For example, Donnelly s BabyVue”! camera is mounted to the rearview mirror to allow a driver to see his or her children in the backseat. Likewise, ReversAid”! is attached to the side view mirror to offer the driver a better view when backing up. Each is designed to reduce the amount of time a driver must turn from his or her seat and to increase awareness in all directions. 

Covering two tents and most of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the SEMA show, which was held in conjunction with the International Tire Expo and the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, proved to be a success for all. And, thanks to its success, attendees and exhibitors alike can count on it for next year—same time, same place—when it is held October 30-November 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

Penny Beverage is an assistant editor for AGRR magazine.


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