AAPEX 2012: Exhibitor numbers rise, 660 are first-time

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AAPEX 2012: Exhibitor numbers rise, 660 are first-time


The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) had an increase in the number of exhibitors and exhibits at the 2012 event, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Las Vegas. 

The show floor featured 660 first-time exhibitors, and a total of 2,309 exhibitors, up from 2,292 in 2011. Exhibitors occupied 5,054 booths, compared to 4,984 last year.

The number of verified buyers at Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW), which includes AAPEX and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, reached 60,000, up slightly from 59,700 the previous year.

In addition, the AAPEX Learning Forum offered an extra day of education in 2012 to better accommodate attendees’ schedules. A total of 32 sessions were presented on a range of topics including sales, marketing, branding, warehouse distributor management, industry trends, employee productivity, technology and service readiness.

Other highlights of AAPEX 2012 include a new 8,000 square-foot Remanufacturing Section, which sold-out of exhibit space, and the popular renamed Product Showcase in which 4,600 votes were cast by pre-registered buyers to determine the winning entries. The number of votes cast in 2012 represents an increase of 28% over 2011 voting numbers.

AAPEX 2013 will take place Nov. 5-Nov. 7, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

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