Activant Solutions will increase its presence at the 2008 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas this fall based on a significant rise in distributor and jobber meetings and resulting sales of business management solutions during the 2007 show. The company will both increase the size of its AAPEX exhibit and offer personalized demonstrations of a larger number of aftermarket solutions during this year’s show. This enhanced presence on the AAPEX floor reflects a “sizeable jump” in booth traffic and solutions sales at last year’s event, according to Tom Aliotti, vice president and general manager of the Activant automotive business. “AAPEX has been a huge success for us,” he said. “Last year’s show alone resulted in nearly 200 qualified leads and allowed us to close a large number of sales.” Activant’s longtime participation in AAPEX the company has exhibited each year since the show’s inception demonstrates its commitment to helping aftermarket businesses utilize innovative technologies to increase their sales and profitability, according to Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), which sponsors the show in partnership with the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). AAPEX is the annual business-to-business trade show representing the global automotive aftermarket. The event, held at the Sands Expo Center, attracted more than 2,000 exhibitors and nearly 118,000 industry professionals last year. This year’s AAPEX Show will take place November 4-6.