Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How to Prepare for AAPEX

In less than six months, the doors of the exhibit hall will swing open to mark the official start of the 2011 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), the world’s largest business-to-business event for the global motor vehicle aftermarket. Show organizers offer the following tips to help you prepare and plan for AAPEX, Tuesday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nev., U.S.A.

If you haven’t already done so, the first step is to register (open April 4th) for AAPEX on the event’s Web site, Attendee registration is (U.S.) $25 in advance, and registration gets you into AAPEX, as well as the SEMA Show being held the same week at the Las Vegas Convention Center. You get two shows for the price of one.

The next step is the reserve your hotel accommodations using the AAPEX Web site or click here. Show organizers have negotiated very competitive hotel rates again this year for AAPEX attendees. In addition, many Las Vegas hotels offer discounted rates for attendees who book early.

Next, visit the International Visitors section of the AAPEX Web site to find helpful information about Visas and travel to the United States. Visas are required for all international travelers entering the United States and applications can now be completed online from a link within this section of the Web site.   
In addition, the Web site has an online Exhibitor Directory for Product and Exhibitor searches and an interactive Floor Plan to help you start planning how to spend your time at AAPEX, the one place where automotive aftermarket businesses turn to find solutions for parts sourcing, business management training and improving profits. Remember, AAPEX attracts nearly 2,000 exhibitors that occupy approximately 4,500 stands.

On display are a range of products, including air conditioning, automotive lighting, electrical systems and batteries, cooling systems, friction and brake systems, undercar, and new and remanufactured replacement parts. You also will find suspension and front end products, engine and transmission parts, appearance chemicals and functional fluids, equipment and tools (including diagnostic, hand tools, machine shop, and service and installation), computer systems and software, paint and body products, and retail warehouse fixtures.

Lastly, don’t forget to set aside time for an educational session or two, networking and fun while in Las Vegas. AAPEX offers 30+plus educational sessions and provides exceptional networking opportunities with key decision-makers and colleagues around the world. Las Vegas is one of the most exciting cities in the world. With its world-renowned entertainment and five-star dining, there is plenty to do after hours in Vegas. Find out all that Las Vegas has to offer by visiting the official tourism website,