Target buyers come out in droves for AAPEX
Participation at the 2011 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) was up in key target buyer categories. The exposition was held Nov. 1-3 in Las Vegas, Nev.
According to the event's owners, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, attendance in the following categories was significantly up compared to 2010:
* auto parts retailers (up 24%),
* independent repair garages (up 38.5%),
* warehouse distributors (up 15.25%) and
* program groups (up 60%).
Attendance by program groups increased largely due to the pre-AAPEX marketing efforts of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association.
Overall, buyer attendance during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week, which includes both AAPEX and the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show, increased by 17% over 2010.
AAPEX 2011 had 2,292 exhibitors, 230 more than in 2010. Both floors of the Sands Expo Center were filled with a total of 4,984 booths, 540 more than in 2010.