Independent auto repair shops are facing an exciting, busy and challenging future where it’s essential to stay up-to-date with changes and advancements in vehicle technology. To keep service professionals ahead of the curve, AAPEX is expanding and adding Repair Shop HQ to the 2020 event in Las Vegas. The new space will be a one-stop destination to see the latest products and participate in training on alternative fuel vehicle technologies and underhood and undercar topics.
The expansion will take place on Level 1 of the Sands Expo, where Repair Shop HQ will feature a fully built out four-bay shop for hands-on training. Nearby, service professionals will have easy access to the show’s Tool and Equipment section, the Mobile Heat Transfer/Heating/Air Conditioning section and Mobility Garage: Products and Training for Tomorrow.
A new Tire and Tire Accessory section also is part of the Repair Shop HQ space. This section will showcase tire manufacturers and suppliers of tire-change equipment, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), balancing equipment, predictive analytics and tire-related accessories.
The AAPEX 2020 expansion also includes a new robotics, warehouse equipment and logistics section.
“The ultimate goal of this expansion is to enable AAPEX and the entire supply chain to be more efficient from start to finish, while proactively addressing changes in the industry by presenting solutions,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association.
“We will deliver solutions to the shop in order for them to be ahead of the curve. We will enable our distribution partners to make inventories more efficient, more viable, and more available to the customer. And we will champion opportunities for parts manufacturers to utilize data more efficiently to enhance their relationship with their customers,” added Paul McCarthy, president and COO of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA).