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By the numbers: SEMA and AAPEX

It SEMA like a big deal — and it is. The SEMA Convention and AAPEX event are in town. Here’s a quick primer:

What: SEMA 2019 (Acronym stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association) and AAPEX (Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo)

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center (SEMA) and Sands Expo and Convention Center (AAPEX).

When: Nov. 5-8

Collectively Known As: AAIW (Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week)

SEMA Description: Trade show of the automobile aftermarket, highlighting nearly 3,000 newly introduced automotive specialty products, plus educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events and networking opportunities

AAPEX Description: Showcase for latest products, services and technologies for the world’s 1.3 billion vehicles, with more than 2,500 exhibiting companies and 48,000 targeted buyers

Estimated attendees: 160,000

Countries represented: 126

Estimated Economic Impact: $259 million

Event Headquarters: Westgate Las Vegas

Attendance: Restricted to trade professionals; not open to the public

Professionals represented: Auto service experts, auto parts retailers, warehouse distributors, service chain workers, automotive dealers, fleet buyers, installers and engine builders

SEMA Formed In: 1963.

First SEMA Show: 1967, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

First SEMA show in Las Vegas: 1977

Companies under SEMA Umbrella: 6,383 worldwide

SEMA Website:

AAPEX Website:

Twitter Hashtags: #SEMA2019 and #AAPEX19

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