LAS VEGAS — The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) is going virtual this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AAPEX 2020 had been scheduled for Nov. 3-5, 2020, at the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas., but show organizers announced Aug. 5 that an in-person event will not be held due to governmental restrictions on gatherings, business and travel.
Organizers of the SEMA Show announced concurrently that its show, which is held in conjunction with AAPEX, is being canceled because of the pandemic.
AAPEX said it now will refocus its efforts on a virtual show, to be held on Nov. 3-5, giving exhibitors the opportunity to introduce new products to both domestic and international customers. Organizers said more details would be announced on Aug. 19.
Paul McCarthy, president of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), called the decision "difficult."
"But circumstances on the ground made it impossible to have the show that we planned for our exhibitors and attendees," Mr. McCarthy said. "AAPEX and your industry associations have, and will continue, to support industry growth, pursue industry advocacy, ensure members' safety, and do what is right for our industry."
AAPEX is co-owned by the Auto Care Association (ACA) and the AASA, the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).
ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey said, "AAPEX didn't become the extraordinary event it is today by thinking small and not evolving to changing times and circumstances. While we had hoped to meet in person, we are excited to use technology to bring together the supply chain of essential services to conduct business."
According to Mr. Hanvey, AAPEX attendees and exhibitors "are essential to keeping the motoring public on the road, even during times of crisis. We work in a dynamic industry and change has always been embraced by our predecessors and the 4.7 million men and women who now currently work to keep our industry at the forefront of the economy. "
AAPEX 2021 will return to the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas, set for Nov. 2-4.
Approximately 2,500 exhibiting companies attend AAPEX, displaying products, services and technologies.The trade-only event and is closed to the public.
For additional information, visit the AAPEX 2020 FAQ page.