LAS VEGAS — For years the Global Tire Expo – Powered by TIA (Tire Industry Association) at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas has been the home for exhibiting tire manufacturers, wheel suppliers and tire-service equipment companies.
Now the concurrent Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) wants a piece of the tire business action.
"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," AAPEX organizers said Nov. 5 halfway through the 2019 Expo at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.
- This story appears on the Nov. 25 print edition of Tire Business.
"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."
The Auto Care Association (ACA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) co-own AAPEX, which is geared to automotive service professionals, auto parts retailers, warehouse distributors, service chains, auto dealers, fleet buyers and engine builders.
Meanwhile, the much larger SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center hosts the tire expo along with sections exhibiting products and accessories for repairing, modifying, tuning and accessorizing vehicles.
Both trade shows restrict attendance to credentialed industry professionals.
"We are creating a new space next year on level 1 (of the Sands Expo) called Repair Shop HQ, where anything and everything that the service professional needs can be found," ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey announced at the show.
"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."
Mark Bogdansky, ACA vice president of meetings and events, told Tire Business that the Repair Shop HQ and the new tire section have been in the works for about a year.
"We've been hearing requests for it longer than that," he said.