LAS VEGAS — The 2020 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) will offer demonstrations of new shop tools and equipment in an exhibit dubbed "Joe's Garage," a real-world shop setup featuring six service bays, lifts, vehicles and a source capture vehicle exhaust extraction system.
AAPEX 2020, co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), will be held Nov. 3-5 at the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas.
At this time, plans are to proceed with the show, AAPEX organizers said, noting they will "continue to pay close attention to the evolving COVID-19 situation and its potential impact on the show, with the primary concern of providing a trade show in a safe and healthy environment."
Joe's Garage will be part of the show's new Repair Shop HQ, located on Level 1 of the Sands Expo. This area — dedicated specifically to service and repair — also will include two training theaters, a section dedicated to tire service and sections for alternative fuels and diagnostics/telematics.
The enhanced Tool & Equipment section will be located in the Sands Expo Lower Level, as well as the Mobile Heat Transfer/Heating/Air Conditioning section, show organizers said.
Joe's Garage has enlisted the participation of several AAPEX exhibitors and industry brands so far, including:
• BG Products Inc., demonstrating of its latest fluid service chemicals in four key services: cleaning/sanitizing/AC, fuel/oil change, coolant and transmission;
• Robert Bosch Ltd., with demonstrations of its latest advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration equipment;
• John Dow Industries/EuroVent, with its vehicle-exhaust extraction equipment in use to remove the exhaust fumes from the running vehicles in Joe's Garage, and fluid handling, LED lights, hose reels and other shop support equipment in place;
• Hunter Engineering Co., with demonstrations of its alignment equipment; and
• NAPA's built-out NAPA Auto Care bay with the latest tools and equipment.
In addition to seeing the benefits and capabilities of new products, attendees will get a close-up look and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to use the products in a simulated shop environment, AAPEX organizers said.
AASA is the the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association.
For more information and to register, visit aapexshow.com/.