LAS VEGAS — Even before AAPEX 2019 concludes Nov. 7 in Las Vegas, show organizers are planning to expand AAPEX 2020, to be held Nov. 3-5 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, to include a new tire section for auto service providers.
“In recent years, AAPEX attendees have been asking for a section dedicated to the products and equipment they need for balancing, align and service tires,” show organizers said. “More shops than ever are looking for additional revenue streams and expanding into new lines of business — and tires are a smart addition. In response to this demand, AAPEX now offers a special section of the show floor for this growing sector.”
AAPEX, which is co-owned by the Auto Care Association (ACA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), is geared for automotive service professionals, auto parts retailers, warehouse distributors, service chains, auto dealers, fleet buyers and engine builders. Meanwhile, the SEMA Show features the Global Tire Expo – Powered by TIA (Tire Industry Association) which hosts several tire manufacturers, wheel suppliers and tire service equipment companies.
“There will be compelling changes to attract more technicians to AAPEX,” said Paul McCarthy, president and chief operating officer of AASA. “Next year in Repair Shop HQ, you’ll find a fully built out shop on the show floor where service professionals can get real hands-on training. We are enhancing and expanding training to include even more on alternative vehicle technologies, as well as undercar and underhood. We will be bringing in some of the country’s leading shop trainers to help us in this endeavor.”
This year’s show, which runs concurrently with the SEMA Show at the Las Vega Convention Center, Nov. 5-8, has drawn 2,500 exhibiting companies at 5,400 booths to cater to about 50,000 registered buyers.
“For the first time in a long time, we have the opportunity to expand AAPEX, our homecoming. And we are doing it with the industry and the end-user in mind - the people who throw the box out,” said ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey.
“We are creating a new space next year on level 1 (of the Sands Expo building) called Repair Shop HQ, where anything and everything that the service professional needs can be found. Several of the show floor sections you’re used to seeing will live there, including Tool and Equipment, Mobility Garage and Training, plus a brand-new tire section,” Mr. Hanvey said.