Ninety percent of buyers who attended the 2017 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) said they are likely to attend this year’s event, according to the associations that present it.
AAPEX is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), and the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).
AAPEX 2018 will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, and will feature more than 2,500 exhibiting companies displaying the latest products, services and technologies to diagnose, service and maintain the approximately 1.2 billion vehicles on the road today.
Approximately 47,800 targeted buyers traveled from 127 countries to AAPEX 2017, while exhibiting companies represented 43 countries. According to the survey, buyers’ top reasons for attending AAPEX are to find new products, find new suppliers and identify new technologies, with 88% saying they have a role in purchase decisions.
In the post-show survey of exhibiting companies, manufacturers and suppliers gave AAPEX 2017 equally high marks, with 83% being extremely satisfied or very satisfied that AAPEX meets their objectives.
Approximately 162,000 automotive aftermarket professionals from more than 135 countries are projected to be in Las Vegas during AAPEX 2018. To register, visit www.aapexshow.com/attendee. AAPEX is a trade-only event and is not open to the general public.