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AAPEX exhibitors up 64%, booth sales up 55%

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March 30, 2010—The number of exhibitors contracted for the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo 2010 (AAPEX) is up 64 percent from last year at this time.

Booth sales for AAPEX are also up 55 percent from March 2009.

“Increased exhibitor contracts this early in the process is not only a clear sign of an emboldened aftermarket industry, it’s a testament by manufacturers who see the value of meeting face-to-face with domestic and international buyers annually and leveraging the networking opportunities,” said Kathleen Schmatz, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association president and CEO.

AAPEX introduced new features in 2009, including the “You Are Here” interactive kiosks and the “ AAPEX Theater.”

“These attractions and enhancements clearly have breathed new life into AAPEX, as evidenced by the increases in exhibitor contracts and booth sales for 2010,” said Steve Handschuh, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association president and COO.

AAPEX is an annual business-to-business trade show that features more than 2,000 exhibitors. The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the aftermarket affiliate of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) sponsor AAPEX.

AAPEX attendee online registration opens April 1. AAPEX 2010 will be held Nov. 2-4 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

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