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AAPEX 2020 Goes Virtual

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AAPEX 2020 Goes Virtual

The Automotive Aftermarket Parts Expo (AAPEX) has canceled its in-person trade show for 2020 due to COVID-19, and instead will offer a virtual experience for attendees.

AAPEX is co-hosted by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). In a statement Aug. 5, the same day the 2020 SEMA Show was canceled, AAPEX organizers said the event couldn't be held  "due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental prohibitions and restrictions on gatherings, businesses, and travel." The State of Nevada recently announced a long-term strategy to mitigate the pandemic, and it has " indefinitely prohibited events with more than 50 participants" and placed "severe limitations on international and domestic travel."

So organizers instead will present a "virtual/digital experience." Details of that event will be announced Aug. 19.

AAPEX addressed some additional issues in a series of frequently asked questions. Organizers said exhibitors will have the option of requesting a refund, or applying their fee to the 2021 show. Also, the cancellation of the 2020 event will not affect seniority for booth placement.

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