The 2022 SEMA Show and Automotive Aftermarket Parts Expo (AAPEX) kick off the first week of November in Las Vegas, and, as always, those attending will have no shortage of educational and marketing opportunities, alongside the product innovations, custom vehicles and iconic exhibits the show is known for.
Independent tire and auto repair shop owners attending the SEMA Show — set for Nov. 1-4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) — can access educational opportunities offered by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its councils, including the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC), as well as the Tire Industry Association (TIA).
The concurrent AAPEX is set for Nov. 1-3 at the The Venetian Convention and Expo Center (formerly the Sands Expo). AAPEX is co-owned by the Auto Care Association (ACA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).
The SEMA Show runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1-3, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 4. The kick-off breakfast is set for 7:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Westgate Paradise Event Center and the event concludes Nov. 4 with the SEMA Cruise and SEMA Ignited afterparty.
According to SEMA, the industry-only trade show typically attracts more than 161,000 people and 2,400 exhibitors. The show is spread across 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space and an additional 1 million square feet of features and attractions in outdoor venues around the LVCC grounds. It also features more than 3,000 products in the new product showcase and 1,500 vehicles.
AAPEX, also a trade-only event, typically draws about 2,500 exhibiting companies and industry buyers that include automotive service and repair professionals, parts retailers, independent warehouse distributors, program groups, service chains, automotive dealers, fleet buyers and engine builders.
Unlike last year, Las Vegas no longer has government-mandated mask requirements or other pandemic-related restrictions.