SEMA Tops Trade Show List for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry

NHRA Trade Show Exhibit

Once a vehicle has been sold by the original manufacturer, it belongs to the automotive aftermarket. This industry deals with vehicle parts, chemicals, tools, equipment and accessories that are necessary for remanufacturing and retail of a vehicle.

It didn’t take long for us to decide on our top 3 trade show picks for the automotive aftermarket industry. Just to be sure - we checked - these 3 were also included in TSNN’s Top 250 List for 2012.

SEMA Trade Show

The trade show organized by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) will take place November 5 - 8, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Last year there were 2250 trade show exhibitors and 135,000 attendees. The one thing to remember about this trade show is that it is not open to the public but more than 100,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries will attend.

The trade association is made up of manufacturers, distributors, auto restorers, retailers, publishing companies, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more. The best of the industry will attend and bring thousands of products to the SEMA show.

The highlights of the trade show will be the educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and workshops.

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AAPEX Trade Show

Visitors to the SEMA show will be happy to know that the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) will be during the same week - November 5-7, 2013 - but at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Last year, 2324 exhibitors attended AAPEX where there were 135,000 attendees.

This trade show is only open to qualified members of the automotive aftermarket industry but, organizers promise those members will grow their business if they attend. Highlights of this show include AAPEX learning forums, conference sessions, product and packaging showcases and the AASA Overseas Automotive Council.

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Performance Racing Industry Trade Show

This show is the world’s largest auto racing trade show event and takes place December 12 - 14, 2013 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. This is a smaller trade show than the other two with only 970 exhibitors and 37,500 attendees and is free to attend. However, this show is only open to members of the racing trade - race teams, racing entrepreneurs, motor sports professionals, etc.

What’s so great about this show? There will be more new racing products than anywhere else and Richard Petty will make an appearance at the Grand Opening Breakfast.

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So there you have it! DesignShop's roundup of the top 3 automotive aftermarket trade shows. So rev your engines and get out there!

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