AAPEX Creates a Real World “Joe’s Garage” Workshop at Las Vegas!
For 2021, AAPEX returned to the Las Vegas Sands Convention Center’s Venetian Expo and Caesar Forum. Highlighting the 2021 show was the all new Joe’s Garage. Major equipment, tool and parts manufacturers, automotive service trainers and an enthusiastic global aftermarket supply chain met with thousands of attendees at this year’s show.
AAPEX Show at Las Vegas is the premier annual gathering for the global automotive aftermarket, which now represents $1.7T (USD) in gross annual revenue. The 2020 AAPEX Virtual Experience was a well organized online show that helped maintain business momentum during the depths of the pandemic. However, for many companies and shop owners, face-to-face meetings are essential. With an abundance of caution and careful planning, 2021 AAPEX returned live to Las Vegas with the full support of its affiliate members and the automotive aftermarket community.
While traditional vendor booths and business meetings flourished at the show, the newest attraction was “Joe’s Garage”. The simulated working garage and shop area provided equipment manufacturers with an opportunity to display and demonstrate products. Test vehicles were set up in a safe, clean air environment with overhead exhaust ducting. The convention center provided heavy electrical current and permitted floor mounting of equipment frames and functioning chassis hoists. Live demonstrations with vehicles, technical training sessions and business discussions served thousands of attendees. These provisions will be available for next year’s show and vendor use.
Following the Media Tour of Joe’s Garage, 4WD Mechanix Magazine captured Autel® trainer Richard Zenteno’s session on Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) service work. Using Autel® MaxiSys IA800 equipment, Richard began by thoroughly explaining ADAS technology and needs. He then walked the group through each troubleshooting and calibration step using a test vehicle’s ADAS cameras and laser radar system. Coverage of that live training session at Joe’s Garage is available at https://www.4wdmechanix.com/autel-demonstrates-adas-calibration-at-the-2021-aapex-show/.
Joe’s Garage has now been built into the Venetian/Sands Convention Center’s floorplan. Equipment demonstrations and training will remain an important part of the AAPEX Show. Independent shop owners, technicians and those with a keen interest in the latest automotive technology, service systems, equipment and products should consider the AAPEX Show during SEMA week. AAPEX is about automotive service needs and stands at the forefront in the consumer “Right to Repair” effort. AAPEX represents the leading automotive technology and service needs of the global community.
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