Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW)


One of the largest expos and conventions hitting the Las Vegas Valley this Fall is Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW).

The name is somewhat of a misnomer, as the convention only runs from November 1st through November 4th. The convention has two different shows: the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (APPEX), and the Specialty Automotive Aftermarket show (SEMA). These will take place at the Sands Expo & Convention Center and the Las Vegas Convention Center, respectively.

SEMA Convention and Show

Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, SEMA will showcase the fast-expanding pace of the specialty automotive aftermarket. This part of the expo will feature over 11 miles of aisles that are stocked full with aftermarket products. Products found here fulfill a multitude of different needs, such as:

  • Powersports
  • Paint and body
  • Street performance
  • Light truck
  • On-board technology
  • Restyling
  • Off-road
  • Racing
  • Import/sport compact performance
  • Mobile electronics
  • Wheel and tire restoration

APPEX Convention and Show

APPEX forms the other half of Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. APPEX is held at the Sands Expo Center and represents the DIY (do it yourself) aspect of the aftermarket. With over one million square feet of space, this is the spot to be to find service parts, accessories and other types of equipment. Special aspects of the show include:

  • Machine Shop
  • Paint
  • Tool  and equipment
  • Body and equipment
  • Medium and heavy duty trucks and SUVs
  • Mobile electronics
  • Vehicle technology

The convention and its two shows are a great way for attendees to learn more about various aftermarket car products and meet  fellow enthusiasts.  Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week is expected to draw over 120,000 attendees and 2,000+ exhibitors (including 500 first timers). Attendees can browse more than 1,500 new products from both major manufacturers and new suppliers. In addition, convention week will over more than 100 classes and workshops.

To find out more information about either of these two shows going on during the week, visit: www.semashow.com and www.aapexshow.com.

James Crane

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