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Feature   October 1, 2009   by Auto Service World

AAPEX Set To Deliver Aftermarket Excellence

2009 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo APEX: November 3-5, 2009, Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nev.; New Demo Area Added to Show Floor;

Even in the face of current economic conditions, or perhaps because of them, this November’s AAPEX show in Las Vegas remains a much-anticipated aftermarket event.

With 132,000 attendees, 4,500 booths, and approximately 2,000 exhibitors set to descend upon the Sands Expo Center, the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo promises to provide the North American aftermarket with the single largest venue to take in products, services, and information to help build the bottom line.

Beyond the show floor, the AAPEX Inside Track Education Program has expanded to include some two dozen sessions, covering a range of topics that include the current credit market, telematics, changes in the vehicle market, technology trends, aftermarket outlooks, customer retention, shop profitability, and marketing on a shoestring budget.

Here are a few inclusions at this year’s AAPEX event that you’ll likely want to witness firsthand:

The AAPEX Green Way will showcase products that buyers and retailers can sell to consumers to help make their vehicles more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient.

A new Car Care Fair area on the exhibit floor will show buyers how to host a Car Care event and the benefits of participating in National Car Care Month. Studies have shown that Car Care events not only promote good will within a community, but they also lead to new customers and increased sales.

This year, exhibitors will demonstrate their products and services at the new live, multimedia AAPEX Demo Area. Show floor signs and the “You Are Here” kiosks will display a schedule of exhibitors giving product demonstrations.

The Tool and Equipment section has everything from wrenches to high-tech diagnostic equipment. This section is a great place to easily see and compare the latest tools and equipment headed to the market.

Also, keep in mind that with the new online AAPEX/SEMA Matching Program, jobbers can begin networking and setting up appointments with specific product manufacturers and suppliers well before AAPEX even begins. For more information on the AAPEX show, go to

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