EPA Seeks to Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles into Racecars PDF Print Email
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 02:30 PM

SEMA To Oppose Action As Threat to Modified Racecars and Parts Suppliers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled "Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2."


The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the "motor vehicles" that Congress intended to regulate.

"This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles," said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. "Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion."

SEMA submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the EPA to confirm the agency's intentions. The EPA indicated that the regulation would prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars and make the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal. Working with other affected organizations, including those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.The EPA has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $36 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,633 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles.

For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit

Diesel vs. Snow PDF Print Email
Friday, January 22, 2016 10:01 AM

Diesel Power Stands Ready To Work To Help The Northeast During Winter Storm Jonas 

Snow Removal Operations, Hospitals, Airports & Emergency Responders Rely on Diesel Power During Critical Weather Events 

NARSA Members Build and Maintain Heat Exchangers for Diesel Power

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 – The East Coast is preparing for Winter Storm Jonas, expected to produce abundant amounts of snow and high winds. Local, state and federal governments, emergency responders and businesses are moving into emergency response mode relying on some of the most powerful and reliable and proven technology available today – diesel power – to play a major role in protecting public health and safety. 

"Diesel power plays a critical role in protecting public health and safety during critical weather events," said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum. "Because of its unique combination of power, performance, reliability and availability, no other technology or fuel can meet the full range of needs in responding to national weather emergencies. Diesel stands ready to work to help the northeast keep running during Winter Storm Jonas."

NARSA members serve these critical markets with services and products to govern thermal management of diesel engines.

Clearing Roadways for Transportation

Diesel snow-removal equipment keeps the roads clear to keep critical services in operation during light snows and blizzard conditions. Diesel-powered salt spreaders, road graders, wheel loaders and snow plows are working overtime to clear roadways and put down chemical treatments to keep roads safe and from freezing. Massive diesel snow plows will extract the snow from roadways and the tallest drifts.

In the cities, mobile diesel-powered snow melting units are increasingly becoming the technology of choice to help cities deal with a high volume of snow and limited space.

Providing Emergency Power for Hospitals & Emergency Responders

Clean diesel generators provide reliable, immediate and full strength electric power when primary power supply systems fail during storms or other natural disasters. Standby power is critical at hospitals, blood banks, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Hospitals need to have reliable and self-contained power systems in the event of loss of grid power from ice accumulation or downed electrical wires.

Emergency responders – fire and rescue units – rely primarily on diesel power for their response apparatus, ambulances and for powering their emergency communication systems.

Keeping the Internet and Communications Services Operating

Communications plays a vital role in our world today, especially with the reliance on cellular and smartphone technology. Text messages, tweets, emails and calls still flow through a system that requires reliable and uninterrupted electrical power. Diesel-powered generators play an essential role in the internet and this increasingly connected world. Computer 'server farms' handle huge volumes of data for essential financial services, ATM networks and national commerce and trading centers. Even momentary losses of grid power can result not only in inconveniences, but damaging losses of business revenue, the inability to access bank funds, and lost worker productivity.

Providing Emergency Power for Air Travel Safety

At the nation's busiest airports, diesel power is working to keep travelers safe both in the air and on the ground. Radar and telecommunications systems have their own backup power systems and the majority depends on diesel emergency generators to restore critical electrical power during storm-related power interruptions.

Keeping the Water Flowing & Food Refrigerated

Diesel generators also provide backup power for food refrigeration, air conditioning, drinking water systems, sewage treatment, building operations and security systems. With a deluge of snow and rain, local governments need to make sure that public safety systems are operational, from the 911 emergency call centers to drinking water treatment and sewer systems. These vital services must remain fully functional under all weather conditions, including power outages. Diesel powered pumping systems - both portable and fixed - are in place in thousands of cities throughout the country to prevent flooding, and to keep drinking water treatment systems providing safe drinking water when the electrical power goes out.

The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit

NARSA – The International Heat Transfer Association has provided focus for the business of thermal management for transportation and industry by providing commercial and technical forums that lead business development and product innovation. Founded in 1954 in the USA as the National Automotive Radiator Service Association, NARSA continues today as global trade association dedicated to education and communication. NARSA members repair, maintain, design, build and distribute heat exchangers such as radiators, oil coolers, charge air coolers and condensers. Visit for more information.

NARSA inNOVAtion 2016 – Reinventing Your Business PDF Print Email
Thursday, January 07, 2016 11:10 AM

Management Conference Targets Knowledge and Opportunities for Key Decision Makers

SAN ANTONIO, TX Plan to attend the new NARSA meeting here in April 2016. “NARSA inNOVation 2016” is a management conference for owners and managers of businesses involved in heat exchange service, sales and production. The meeting will feature general sessions, work groups, and table top displays and will take place Thursday through Saturday, April 21to 23 at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade.

Designed to give NARSA business owners and managers an opportunity to learn from each other as well as special keynote presenters, the program will focus on the management side of the business (business, people, and money) as well as opportunities, innovation and growth.

Details on programming will be released first via and the NARSA Now newsletter. There will be no EdTech meetings scheduled this year but the HD Heating and Cooling Conference in St. Louis in September will contain hands-on and in-shop training sessions.

NARSA wants to provide the decision makers from its membership a two-day conference to recharge, learn from each other and from experts, and to connect with people just like themselves. The program will begin with a NARSA Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, April 21 in the evening. The Board meeting will continue Friday morning April 22 if needed.

The educational sessions will begin on Friday afternoon and will continue through Saturday afternoon. Tabletop exhibits will be scheduled throughout the conference during breaks, continental breakfast, lunch and the conference Happy Hour on Friday.
Saturday evening is open for everyone to enjoy all the city of San Antonio has to offer.

The Four Diamond Omni San Antonio Hotel captures the essence of the city with great service and charm. Overlooking the rolling Texas Hill Country, this 19-story high-rise is close to the area’s most exciting sites and attractions such as the historic Alamo, SeaWorld San Antonio and the enchanting River Walk.

San Antonio is the seventh most populated city in the United States and the second most populated city in the state of Texas with a population of 1,409,019. It was the fastest growing of the top 10 largest cities in the United States from 2000 to 2010, and the second from 1990 to 2000. It is notable for Spanish colonial missions, the Alamo, the River Walk, the Alamo Bowl, and Marriage Island. Commercial entertainment includes SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme parks, and according to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city is visited by about 26 million tourists a year.

Coming soon… registration and hotel information.

Welcome to NARSA's New Website PDF Print Email
Monday, November 16, 2015 02:54 PM

Website Gets New Look, Improved Navigation and Functionality

WEXFORD, PA – The NARSA Website has undergone a complete overhaul that will provide greater functionality and vastly improved navigation. This will be at least fifth redesign since the was first launched in 1998. Key features of the improvements will be a Member Center that will house exclusive information and features for NARSA members only.

The site has a general public area that is open to all and provides information about the organization, its programs, membership and the Heating and Cooling Exchange Product and Service Directory. Commented NARSA’s Wayne Juchno, “This was very much needed and it took some time to put together all of the pieces. The funding had to be there and then the site supplier process came next. We have been working on the actual design, features and content for the past seven months. It will be a work in progress as we move forward.” Juchno said they had several false starts in the past but they were able to learn from these prior experiences and create an affordable, attractive and functional communication center for NARSA.

Along with the new website, there is a new member management system that will facilitate communications to and from members with the association. Members have the ability to change or add company contacts and register for events and programs. Integrated into the site are interfaces to the developing NARSA social media program as well as two new member exclusive web publications.

“The new site will assist the organization to expand its digital communications and we are all very excited about the new opportunities that the technology will provide,” said Juchno.

The site is accessible via computers, smart phones and tablets. “We are now taking orders for the limited number of promotional and ad spots we have,” Juchno said.“There is a new age in product and service promotion and we want to be a part of that for our members and their suppliers.”

AAPEX Press Release PDF Print Email
Monday, October 05, 2015 12:23 PM

AAPEX to Feature 2015 NARSA Heat Transfer and Mobile A/C Pavilion
NARSA 61st Annual Convention Also in Las Vegas at Harrah’s 


LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sept. 15, 2015 – The NARSA Heat Transfer and Mobile A/C Pavilion is back as a featured pavilion at AAPEX 2015, Tuesday, Nov. 3 through Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Professionals will find a diverse selection of radiators, cooling system parts, as well as air conditioning components for cars and trucks in the 14,000 sq. ft. NARSA pavilion located on Level II of the Sands. 

“Not all radiators are created equal. Not all your customers’ needs are either. The automotive aftermarket is all about choices. So is the 2015 NARSA Heat Transfer and Mobile A/C Pavilion at AAPEX,” commented NARSA Executive Director Wayne Juchno. “For more than 100 years the automotive aftermarket has been providing motorists with choices for parts and service like no other industry.” 

“For professional service and parts providers, success is often based on giving consumers real choices, fast and efficiently. Choices that make sense to the consumer and for the business professionals who are serving them. Consumers need dependable and affordable transportation. There are levels of quality to meet the needs of many levels of the market from top quality to value lines,” noted Juchno. 

The 2015 NARSA Heat Transfer and Mobile A/C Pavilion exhibitors include a global array of radiator and A/C component suppliers, as well as makers of machinery, chemicals, tools and materials to manufacture radiators and condensers. Sixty-six different companies from North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East make up this year’s pavilion. 

NARSA will hold its 61st Annual Convention during AAPEX 2015 featuring NARSA’s Cooling System Appreciation Reception on Nov. 3 at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Open to AAPEX registered buyers of cooling system products, the Cooling System Appreciation Reception offers a low-key enjoyable atmosphere to network with many of the NARSA member exhibitors and fellow industry professionals. To find out how to attend this event, go to

 AAPEX 2015 is expected to feature more than 2,400 exhibitors, 5,000 booths, 50-plus AAPEXedu sessions and 39,000 targeted buyers. Approximately 130,000 automotive aftermarket professionals from nearly 140 countries are projected to be in Las Vegas during AAPEX. 


The International Heat Transfer Association is a trade association founded in 1954 whose members provide heat exchange products and services for transportation and industry including manufacture, distribute, and design of thermal management products. NARSA creates opportunities for its members through innovation, vision and knowledge. For more information visit or contact Wayne Juchno, NARSA executive director, at [email protected], (724) 799-8415.  


AAPEX represents the $477 billion global aftermarket auto parts industry, and is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). For more information, visit or e-mail: [email protected]. On social media, join the conversation at: #AAPEX15. 



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