AAPEX 2020 will be a virtual experience, show organizers announced.
Originally scheduled for Nov. 3-5 at the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas, the in-person trade show will become an online event “due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental prohibitions and restrictions on gatherings, businesses and travel,” the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) said.
“Instead, AAPEX will provide a virtual/digital experience with many of the show’s same elements presented digitally,” the show’s co-owners said in a news release. “Given the state of Nevada’s recently announced long-term mitigation strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic, which has indefinitely prohibited events with more than 50 participants, and the severe limitations on international and domestic travel imposed in connection with the pandemic, unfortunately, the traditional in-person event cannot proceed.”
The virtual 2020 event, scheduled for the week of Nov. 3, will “bring together the more than $1 trillion global automotive aftermarket community and enable exhibitors to introduce new products to their customers and additional domestic and international target buyers,” AASA and the Auto Care Association said.
Additional details will be available Aug. 19.
“AAPEX attendees and exhibitors are essential to keeping the motoring public on the road, even during times of crisis,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association. ”We work in a dynamic industry and change has always been embraced by our predecessors and the 4.7 million men and women who now currently work to keep our industry at the forefront of the economy. AAPEX didn’t become the extraordinary event it is today by thinking small and not evolving to changing times and circumstances.
“While we had hoped to meet in person, we are excited to use technology to bring together the supply chain of essential services to conduct business.”
AAPEX 2021 will return to the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center Nov. 2-4, 2021, in Las Vegas. All inquiries should be directed to W.T. Glasgow Inc., 708-226-1300, [email protected].
“This was a difficult decision but circumstances on the ground made it impossible to have the show that we planned for our exhibitors and attendees,” said Paul McCarthy, president of AASA. “AAPEX and your industry associations have, and will continue, to support industry growth, pursue industry advocacy, ensure members’ safety, and do what is right for our industry.”
For additional information, visit the AAPEX 2020 FAQ page.
Historically, AAPEX features approximately 2,500 exhibiting companies displaying their latest products, services and technologies that keep the world’s 1.3 billion vehicles on the road.
AAPEX buyers include automotive service and repair professionals, auto parts retailers, independent warehouse distributors, program groups, service chains, automotive dealers, fleet buyers and engine builders.
AAPEX is a trade-only event and is closed to the general public.