The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW), held annually in Las Vegas, Nev., will features every guy’s dream garage: the SmartGarage. Located at the AAPEX show at the Sands Expo Center and created exclusively for Popular Science, the SmartGarage is billed as “the garage of every guy’s dreams.” AAPEX attendees will be able to check out the unique features of SmartGarage. The SmartGarage has a workshop area, a kitchen nook, a loft for office and entertainment, a phone, intercom and Internet access, a complete entertainment system to watch the big game while working on your vehicle, and much more, according to AAPEX show manager, Bill Glasgow, Sr. “SmartGarage is one of a number of new and exciting features at this year’s AAPEX. The exhibit will be conveniently located next to the NASCAR exhibit on the upper level,” said Glasgow. “Attendees will go home with some ingenious and wild ideas for their own garage.” The AAIW event, combining the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), as well as the Internation Tire Retailers Association (ITRA) show, it covers everthing automotive, from standard hard parts and accessory items for traditional aftermarket businesses and mass merchandisers, as well as the latest in performance parts for the specialty market. It has become a gathering of the top brands and products from around the world and an international magnet for buyers due to the slate of educational events on the latest issues, as well as networking and social events that help build relationships–all in one week. Each year, nearly 70,000 people attend Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. Buyers and sellers from across the globe converge at AAPEX to do business. Last year, more than 120 different countries were represented at this truly global event.
There are dozens of events. Here is a brief outline of the daily schedule. Events held in conjunction with AAPEX are listed first, followed by those held in conjunction with the SEMA Show. All events take place during the week of November 5 to 8 in Las Vegas, Nev. More information is available at www.aapexshow.com and www.semashow.com.
Preview: AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET PRODUCTS EXPO SANDS EXPO CENTER www.aapexshow.com (SEMA SHOW PREVIEW FOLLOWS)
Sunday, November 3
8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. AAPEX Registration Open, Sands Expo Center
Monday, November 4
7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. RPM Group Members Meeting (Invitation Only) Venetian Hotel, Galileo 905
8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. AAPEX Registration Open Sands Expo Center
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. OAC Supplier Distributor Conference Treasure Island
8:15 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Educational Forum: University of the Aftermarket The Mirage
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Aftermarket Internet Summit presented by ACEC Sands Expo Center, Room 202
2:00 p.m.–ELR Hard Parts Forum, Presented by AAIA Venetian Hotel, Venetian Ballroom A