BOWIE, Md. (Jan. 12, 2004) — Among the 105,113 attendees at 2003's Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week trade shows in Las Vegas, 5,253 were tire and wheel dealers, according to the Tire Industry Association (TIA).
At the 2002 shows, 4,033 tire and wheel dealers attended, TIA said. In 2003, 1,325 tire and wheel wholesalers attended—up from 1,207 in 2002. The overall attendance figure for the 2003 event was a 21-percent increase from the previous year, officials said.
In 2003, 51,391 buyers and 32,576 exhibitors attended both the Specialty Equipment Market Association/International Tire Expo and the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo.