LAS VEGAS — The organizers of the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) report the 2018 show was a sell-out with 2,511 exhibiting companies from around the world displaying products and parts in 5,539 booths.
Organizers of AAPEX 2018, held Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, said the event drew 48,603 targeted AAPEX buyers among 161,938 automotive aftermarket professionals who were in town during AAPEX and the concurrent Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which ran Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
The SEMA Show, which exhibits automotive aftermarket parts and accessories, specialty equipment, performance, off-road, racing, restyling and collision repair equipment, featured more than 2,400 exhibiting manufacturing companies and drew about 70,000 targeted buyers.
The Global Tire Expo powered by TIA (Tire Industry Association) was held at the SEMA Show.
AAPEX and SEMA are trade-only events and not open to the general public.
AAPEX is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association.
AAPEX 2019 will be held Nov. 5-7 at the Sands Expo while the SEMA Show will be held Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.