The statistics are in: From Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, APPEX 2018 drew 48,603 targeted AAPEX buyers, and 161,938 automotive aftermarket professionals to the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.
With the automotive aftermarket undergoing significant evolution and change, AAPEX 2018 also featured updates on the latest products and innovations as well as advanced training by industry experts, and current and futuristic technology demonstrations.
The event also included a sold-out trade show with 2,511 exhibiting companies from around the world displaying thousands of new products and parts in a total of 5,539 booths.
For automotive service professionals, the Mobility Garage exhibit added new and advanced training programs on electric and alternative fuel vehicles, as well as shop equipment and technology.
AAPEXedu delivered 50-plus sessions and new forums on important topics, including the leading trends and outlook for the industry, retrofitting and servicing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), new mobility models, and emerging vehicle technologies. A special general session for automotive service professionals tackled a critical issue: building rewarding careers for automotive technicians and ensuring they have the skills to repair vehicles equipped with new technology.
Within the Technology of Tomorrow section, the Secure Vehicle Interface (SVI) was unveiled, providing attendees with a solution that ensures vehicle data interfaces always allow safe, secure and standardized consumer access, plus control of the data their car generates.
A Virtual Vehicle Challenge provided a friendly competition among attendees to test their skills as they journeyed into a virtual garage, selected automotive parts and installed them on a vehicle.
AAPEX 2018 also welcomed two keynote speakers to this year’s event: CNN’s John King and political strategist Karl Rove. The two shared their views on the midterm elections and how tariffs could impact the automotive aftermarket industry.