AAPEX Blog

  • Turning 2020’s ‘We Missed AAPEX’ Into 2021’s ‘Can’t Miss AAPEX’

    By Vic Tarasik, managing partner, Shop Owner Coach

    Although we might look back on 2020 as the year to forget about many things, we can always find positives if we look closely enough.

    And AAPEX is one of those things to take a look at.

    The year 2020 was to… READ MORE  

  • How Did We Get Here?

    By Brian Plott, executive director, Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI)

    There is little need for me to reiterate the obvious that the industry is changing. It has been changing. It continues to change! Or maybe the better statement would be that it continues to evolve. We are all connected to this evolving industry, each… READ MORE  

  • Safe, Secure, Standardized and Direct Access to Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Data on Display at AAPEX 2021

    By Joe Register, vice president, Emerging Technologies, Auto Care Association

    Our entire industry triumphed when we secured the Right to Repair vehicles in 2014. In 2020, the battle continued as the days of open access to the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) port dwindled. Today, repair and diagnostic data is being transmitted… READ MORE  

  • AAPEX Shapes and Strengthens Our Collective Future Success

    By Bill Long, president & CEO, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)

    I’ve lost count of the number of years I’ve attended the show, going back to the days at McCormick Place in Chicago. 

    But what is clear is the significant transformation of AAPEX that I’ve seen over the years… READ MORE  

  • Drivers Deserve the Decision on Where to Repair Their Vehicles – You Can Help Ensure It

    By Aaron Lowe, AAP, senior vice president, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Auto Care Association

    Up until recently, anyone wanting to repair a vehicle would simply plug into the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic port, located under the steering wheel, and download the fault codes from the in-vehicle modules. Armed with that diagnostic… READ MORE  

  • Young Leaders: The Building Blocks of the Future

    By Ben Brucato, senior director of Engagement, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)

    Essential, resilient, adaptable and innovative are just a few of the terms used over the past 18 months to describe the automotive aftermarket industry. Thanks to hard working, dedicated and highly capable individuals, the industry has made it… READ MORE  

  • AWDA Conference Draws Warehouse Distributors to AAPEX

    By Larry Northup, AAP, executive director, AWDA

    Customers make AAPEX successful. Without people and companies to purchase the products on display, there would be no reason for exhibitors to attend the show.

    Fortunately, AAPEX draws a huge number of buyers to Las Vegas each fall and among the most important… READ MORE