Las Vegas Boulevard will close briefly on Thursday morning, Nov. 1, as nearly 5,000 Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance customers make their way from the Mirage hotel to the 2018 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX).
The group of Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper automotive professionals will be wearing matching yellow shirts as they begin the "festive walk" at about 8:30 a.m. (PDT). They will start arriving at AAPEX for their day-long visit around 9 a.m.
AAPEX will take place Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Sands Expo.
The group will include parts store operators, shop owners, technicians and service writers who are part of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance.
While at AAPEX, automotive professionals will meet with supplier channel partners, visit thousands of booths and see the latest repair, maintenance and advanced technology products in the global automotive aftermarket industry. The group’s channel partners and program supporters will be identified by red balloons in their booths.
“They’ll talk business and talk shop, as well as meet with presidents, vice presidents and engineers while at AAPEX,” says JC Washbish, director of marketing, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. “They’ll discuss products, service techniques and the future of the industry, giving them very beneficial information to take back and apply to their businesses.”
The visit to AAPEX 2018 coincides with the Alliance’s Aftermarket Jackpot Convention taking place Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Mirage. The convention will offer technical and business management seminars, as well as networking events and entertainment.
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 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 www.aapexshow.com or e-mail: [email protected]. On social media, follow AAPEX at #AAPEX18.