For more than 25 years, the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) has been the premier global event representing the $328.2 billion global aftermarket auto parts industry. This year, the event will be located at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. AAPEX 2016 will feature more than 2,200 automotive aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers showcasing innovative products, services and technologies to more than 44,000 targeted buyers. 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).
The education sessions at AAPEX always keep attendees informed on what’s going on in the automotive industry. Leaders from the automotive aftermarket industry will lead more than 60 sessions to help attendees catch up on the latest news and challenges taking place in the market. The AAPEXedu sessions, which are one hour, will be held in the Venetian, Marco Polo Rooms. These sessions are free of charge and open to everyone.
One special guest is retired four-star General Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA), who will speak at the AAPEX 2016 general session taking place on Wednesday, November 2, at 8 am. Hayden will dissect political situations in hot spots around the world, analyzing the tumultuous global environment and offering an unapologetic insider’s look at what it all means for America and America’s interests. He will speak on the need to adapt to the ever-changing informational landscape and the dangers, risks and potential rewards of America’s cyber security situation. You don’t want to miss it.
New products are the No. 1 reason buyers attend shows. Many buyers make the New Product and Packaging Showcases their first stop at AAPEX. The New Packaging Showcase is the largest display of the latest and most innovative packaging designs and concepts in the automotive aftermarket industry. It’s where buyers identify easy-to-merchandise, eco-friendly and innovative packaging types that will help them sell more product. You’re sure to find everything that you could desire for your oil change business at the showcase or on the show floor. AAPEX 2016 exhibits are open Tuesday, November 1 to Thursday, November 3, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Networking with thought leaders, exhibitors and industry professionals is one of the most important advantages of attending AAPEX. Discuss emerging trends, solve common problems and make connections with professionals from all areas of the automotive aftermarket industry.
You can stay connected with the 2016 AAPEX app that will help you stay ahead of the curve with instant access to everything that’s happening before, during and after the event. The app will allow you to preview product offerings and special events from exhibitors, plan your day and build your own personalized schedule, along with helping you find your way through the convention center and expo using walking maps and a Locate Me option designed to help you orient yourself. You can download the free AAPEX 2016 app for iPhone, iPad or iTouch at the iTunes Store. The app is also available on Google Play.