SEMA reports continued growth for specialty equipment sales

Sales of automotive specialty equipment products continue to climb, with sales in 2012 reaching $31 billion according to the 2013 SEMA Annual Market Report, the Special Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced. The figure represents a 4 percent increase over the previous year, and marks the third consecutive year of growth.

"The report's findings are consistent with what we are seeing and hearing in the industry," said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. "Having experienced significant economic challenges over the past several years, the specialty parts and accessories market is ready and eager to do business. Companies have a more positive outlook about the future and are finding ways to grow the market."

The automotive specialty equipment market began to see an upswing in 2010, when sales totaled to $28.60 billion, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. Sales reached $29.99 billion the following year, representing a growth of 5 percent increase over 2010.

The growth in 2012 is largely attributed to a growth in the street performance niche. Accounting for $7.47 billion in sales, the street performance niche represents the largest niche in the industry.

Also noteworthy in the study is the light-truck market. While the segment had been declining in recent years, the niche saw a slight increase and is expected to rebound as leading automakers prepare to release major redesigns for popular truck models in the coming years.

"The SEMA Annual Market Report is consistent with the trends we see," said Kersting. "The number of exhibitors and buyer attendees at the SEMA show has consistently increased over the last couple of years and we are on track to see an even stronger Show in 2013. We're seeing strong participation in nearly every area of the show."

The SEMA Annual Market Report is conducted yearly to help SEMA member companies understand the industry and make informed business decisions. SEMA research reports are available to SEMA members at no cost, and to nonmembers at a nominal fee. SEMA research reports are listed and can be accessed at www.SEMA.org/research.

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