AAPEX Education Programs to Explore Top Automotive Aftermarket Trends

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AAPEX Education Programs to Explore Top Automotive Aftermarket Trends

The 2018 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) educational program is offering 18 sessions on the top trends, challenges and opportunities in the automotive aftermarket industry and how attendees can position themselves to stay ahead of the curve and grow their businesses.

AAPEX represents the $740 billion global automotive aftermarket industry and will take place Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

Approximately 50 sessions will comprise the whole AAPEXedu 2018 program. While many are suitable for all automotive aftermarket audiences, the program offers specific sessions designated for automotive service professionals and repair shops, parts suppliers, national service chains, manufacturers and professionals under 40.

Sessions are organized in the following tracks: Technology, Industry Trends, Service Professionals Program, Business Management, Import/Export, Heating/Cooling, Heavy Duty, Paint & Body, and a Young Professionals Program.

During the “2019 Aftermarket Outlook" sessions, NPD Group Inc. will once again unveil the results of its latest Consumer Outlook Survey – now in its 13th annual edition –exclusively to AAPEX attendees.

IHS Markit will return with its information-packed “Five Trends in Five Minutes: Key Trends Impacting the North American Automotive Aftermarket” session to reveal the hottest trends shaping the industry.

The additional sessions will cover the impact of the latest industry trends and developments, including emerging vehicle technologies, shifts in vehicle ownership and fleet management, autonomous vehicles and ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. AAPEXedu sessions also will address enabling the connected future and the secure vehicle impact, the digital transformation of China’s automotive aftermarket, predictive part failure, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), as well as Transportation as a Service (TaaS) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

AAPEXedu sessions are accredited by the University of the Aftermarket toward the Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) and Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) designations.

All AAPEXedu sessions are included in the AAPEX online registration fee, which is $40 (U.S.) through Friday, Oct. 12. To register, visit:

AAPEX 2018 will feature more than 2,500 exhibiting companies displaying the latest products, services and technologies. More than 47,000 targeted buyers are expected to attend, and approximately 162,000 automotive aftermarket professionals from 135 countries are projected to be in Las Vegas during AAPEX 2018.

AAPEX is a trade-only event and is not open to the general public.

AAPEX is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). For more information, visit or e-mail: On social media, follow AAPEX at #AAPEX18. 

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