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ith an increased focus on tech-
nology, AAPEX 2016 delivered
its best event ever to keep
attendees ahead of the curve in the global
automotive aftermarket industry. Here’s a
look at highlights of the 2016 event:
A sold out exhibit hall with 2,259
exhibiting companies occupying
Thousands of automotive
replacement parts and new products for
diagnosing, maintaining and servicing
today’s high tech vehicles were on display.
For a list of 2016 exhibitors, visit www.aapexshow.com
, or download the AAPEX
More than 300 U.S. exhibitors that ex-
AAPEX works closely with specialists
from the U.S. Commercial Service, the ex-
port promotion arm of the U.S. Department
of Commerce, to help attendees identify
companies that export. An advanced search
feature on the AAPEX website,www.aapexshow.com,
is still available to
identify U.S. companies that export.
Attendees from 140 countries.
ing opportunities reached an all time high
with 43,339 targeted buyers. The number
of international buyers was 16,278. All
total, AAPEX and the SEMA show drew
more than 158,000 automotive aftermar-
ket professionals to Las Vegas.
International Buying Delegations and
New Matchmaking Program.
tional Buying Delegations recruited by
U.S. Embassy Posts and International
Trade Associations topped 22 at AAPEX
2016. To learn more about the many
benefits of travelling with a buying del-
egation to AAPEX, contact your local U.S.
Embassy or Consulate and speak with the
automotive commercial specialist. New
for 2016, the Auto Care Association, in
partnership with the International Trade
Administration and the U.S. Commercial
Service, hosted a matchmaking program
with Latin American buyers at AAPEX.
In addition, international buyers were
welcomed at two key networking events
during AAPEX: the 2016 AASA Overseas
Automotive Council (OAC) Global Recep-
tion and the Import Vehicle Community
Fabulous Networking Reception.
The latest new
products and new
AAPEX 2016 New
featured the very
while new products
also were on display
show floor. To see
entries in the New
visit New Products
on the AAPEX Mo-
the New Packaging Showcase, attendees
had the opportunity to see the most inno-
vative and environmentally friendly packag-
To keep attend-
ees ahead of the curve, AAPEX featured
all-new Let’s Tech presentations on topics
such as telematics, emerging vehicle
technologies and electronic steering.
AAPEX also debuted a new Automotive
Technology section on the show floor and
an AAPEXedu track dedicated exclusively
to connected car opportunities.
The risks of the cyber domain.
Four-Star General Michael Hayden spoke
during AAPEX to remind attendees that
the Web is the largest ungoverned space
in history. General Hayden is former
director of the Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) and the National Security Agency
(NSA). “We are indeed vulnerable ... and
the wise consumer is the individual who
understands that he/she is buying vulner-
ability, as well as convenience, and works
very hard to reduce the vulnerabilities,”
said General Hayden.
All-new International Buyer Center.
International attendees were treated to
a newly designed and more comfortable
Buyer Center at AAPEX 2016. With its
private meeting rooms and interpreters,
the center was the perfect setting to meet
with U.S. companies that export.
AAPEX Live on TV.
AAPEX TV reported
live from AAPEX 2016, covering all the
sights and sounds of this year’s event.
To watch the headlines, visit the AAPEX
. Our social
media team also covered #AAPEX16 on
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
All under one roof in Vegas.
In just three
days at AAPEX, buyers accomplished
what would otherwise easily take weeks,
if not months, to get done. It all takes
place under one roof in Las Vegas, the
entertainment capital of the world.
Plan now to attend AAPEX 2017,
Tuesday, Oct. 31 through Thursday,
Nov. 2, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.
AAPEX represents the $356 billion global
automotive aftermarket industry, and 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 the
October 21–November 2, 2017, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas
The Top 10 Highlights of AAPEX 2016
How To Contact:
AAPEX Event Management
William T. Glasgow, Inc.
10070 W. 190th Place, Mokena, IL 60448
Tel: 708-226-1300 • Fax: 708-226-1310www.aapexshow.com
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