AAPEX, SEMA return to Las Vegas after two-year hiatus

After nearly two years of a pandemic that changed much of how we do things, these two shows that are so integral to our industry are finally back. I know it's going to be a great week and can't wait to get it started. 

I think the ancient phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder” was meant for AAPEX and SEMA. After nearly two years of a pandemic that changed much of how we do things, these two shows that are so integral to our industry are finally back. I know it’s going to be a great week and can’t wait to get it started. 

As always, if you or your company has news or are exhibiting at AAPEX or SEMA (or both!), please let me know so I can share it with your fellow Aftermarket Intel readers. I can always be reached at mark@lpnewmedia.com.

Let’s make it a great week!

BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY to give “Joe’s Garage” demos, offer free credit card processing

BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY will conduct live demonstrations of its popular digital vehicle inspections and other shop operation tools at “Joe’s Garage,” introduce a year-long, money-saving show special for shops processing payments with BOLT ON Pay, and, partnering with SiriusXM, raffle off a cool musical prize.

Find BOLT ON at AAPEX Booth #A31001 on Level 2 and Bay #7 in Joe’s Garage.

DENSO showcases updated VehicleMRI

DENSO Products and Services Americas will spotlight its electronic inspection tool, VehicleMRI, and preview the device’s new iOS interface at AAPEX.

DENSO welcomes attendees to Booth #2225 on Level 2 of the Sands Expo to see the new VehicleMRI iOS mobile app ahead of its market launch in spring 2022. VehicleMRI is currently available for Android smartphones and tablets with the mobile app available to download from the Google Play Store.

Trico Products introduces three new TRICO Solutions lines of specialized wiper blades

Trico Products Corporation recently announced the launch of three new TRICO Solutions lines of wiper blades that are designed to meet unique performance requirements specific to some of the most popular vehicle types on the road. 

The new TRICO Solutions line will be featured at AAPEX, and visitors can get more details at the First Brands Group booth, #A3638.

Supplier Spotlight: Meet Sangsin Brake, a leading global brake friction supplier

In this supplier spotlight video, we’re taking a look at Sangsin Brake and how this company has been making top-quality brake pads for more than 50 years. Sangsin is exhibiting at AAPEX booth A1046.

Plews & Edelmann is a leading manufacturer and marketer of the TOTAL SOLUTION for power steering components

EDELMANN ELITE high-performance power steering hoses, NEW manufactured power steering rack & pinion assemblies, pumps and gear boxes featuring 100 percent testing tied to the company’s Designated Numeric Asset (DNA), and premium universal power steering filter with dual filtration technology, EDELMANN power steering hoses and repairs kits. Additionally, the company offers EDELMANN turbocharger oil lines, EDELMANN automotive fittings, COPPERHEAD and RHINO HIDE brake lines. Learn more at plews-edelmann.com and visit the company at AAPEX booth A3461.

How will the aftermarket transition to electric vehicles? A chat with Schaeffler’s Jens Schüler

Aftermarket Intel Editor & Publisher Mark Phillips recently traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, during Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus and sat down with Jens Schüler, incoming CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket division of Schaeffler. Schüler offered his thoughts on the automotive aftermarket’s transition from ICE to electric vehicles.

WIX Filters re-engineers WIX ProTec line of products.

WIX Filters announced that in first quarter 2022, the company will launch the re-engineered WIX ProTec line of products. The new WIX ProTec filters will be featured at the Product and Package Showcase at AAPEX, and visitors can get more details at the MANN+HUMMEL booth, #A1832.

Autopromotec 2022: See the best of Italy in Las Vegas

You can be in Las Vegas and get a taste of Autopromotec 2022 at both AAPEX and SEMA. Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and The Italian Trade Agency are collaborating to give AAPEX and SEMA show attendees a look at Autopromotec 2022, the international biennal exhibition of automotive equipment and aftermarket products, whose next edition will be in Bologna, Italy from May 25-28, 2022.

The Italian Trade Agency-Autopromotec area at SEMA Show (South Hall Lower, Booth 47167) will host 11 Italian automotive aftermarket companies: MWM Italy, Mazzoni, ACCU TURN (a BASE company), Fasep, Comec with their products and representatives, then EVO Corse, Rollbo, Rossi&Kramer, SKELETIME, Truck&Training and Vamag.

The Italian Trade Agency-Autopromotec area at AAPEX Show (Sands Expo, Booth A862) in cooperation with Confindustria Brescia, will host six Italian automotive companies: Metelli – Graf, Errecom, Facet with their products and representatives, then SIL – Wilburk, Seven Diesel and Tecneco.

Full range of automotive chemicals from LIQUI MOLY on display at AAPEX, SEMA

When the two automotive trade shows AAPEX and SEMA Show open their doors, LIQUI MOLY will be showing its complete range of automotive chemicals there. “People know us from our oils and additives,” says Sebastian Zelger, Director LIQUI MOLY USA/Canada. “But many don’t even know that we have much more in our range, such as car care.” 

In fact, LIQUI MOLY’s range is so extensive that there are rarely opportunities to see the full line in person. Although the focus of AAPEX and SEMA Show is on cars, LIQUI MOLY will also be showing there what it has in its range for powersports and marine. Sebastian Zelger: “This opens up the possibility for dealers and workshops to tap into new market segments simply and easily.” 

Find LIQUI MOLY at AAPEX booth A3061, and at SEMA’s Central Hall at booth 24729. 

Jay Leno unveils three new car care products at SEMA

Jay Leno is expanding his popular line of car care products with the introduction of a Heavy-Duty Rubber Cleaner, Ceramic Wash Shampoo and Ceramic Tire Dressing. Each is designed to put the power of professional grade products into the hands of those who are deeply committed to the care of their car, truck or motorcycle. The new products will be unveiled in the Jay Leno’s Garage – Advanced Vehicle Care booth (#10012) at SEMA and will be available through retail stores nationwide by the end of the year.

Start your journey in 2035 E-Mobility Taiwan Online

2035 E-Mobility Taiwan Online is an online trade show that showcases a complete electric and autonomous vehicle ecosystem. Held through Nov. 20, it seeks to facilitate sales between manufacturers and international buyers and to seize the initiative in the global smart mobility industry.

The exhibition has five main themes – Move (Electrification), Autonomous (Autonomous driving), Connect (connectivity), Interaction (Human-Vehicle) and Share (Shared Services) that creates an ideal platform to find the latest products and establish business connections. It is an exhibition not to be missed. Visit now.

Purolator launches PurolatorPRO, a new mobile catalog app for industry professionals

Purolator Filters (a division of MANN+HUMMEL) recently announced that the company has launched PurolatorPRO, a new mobile catalog app available for both iOS and Android users. With just a few clicks, the app allows professional installers, technicians, service writers, and shop managers to access the newest cataloging information for all Purolator filters. For more information, visit MANN+HUMMEL at AAPEX booth A1832.

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket showcases new products and award-winning solutions at AAPEX

The Automotive Aftermarket division of global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler will launch a full line of automotive engine timing kits as well as replacement torque converters at AAPEX. Along with a full selection of wheel bearings and seals for import and domestic vehicles, visitors to booth A2232 (located at AAPEX 2021 in the Sands Expo Level 2 – Automotive Aftermarket Central) will also be able to experience Schaeffler’s 2021 PACE Award-winning P2 Hybrid Module for rear-wheel-drive transmissions.     

Important Requirements for Your AAPEX Experience

As part of the entry requirements for the AAPEX 2021, all attendees (that includes exhibitor staff, media and anyone else on site) must provide one of three options in order to enter:

•Proof of COVID-19 vaccination 

•A no more than 3-day-old negative PCR COVID-19 test

•Or, receive a negative rapid COVID-19 test onsite 

Find more information here.

MAHLE Motorsport rolls out 12 New PowerPak Kits for SEMA 2021

MAHLE Motorsport is attending the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas this November and is rolling out 12 exciting new PowerPak applications that cover the gamut of performance, domestic and import, with a heavy emphasis on Cummins diesel.

Two PowerPak Plus kits have been added to the company’s shelf stock program – Small Block Chevy 23⁰ Gasported/Asymmetrical Valve Pockets and an LS3 Flat Top Trans Am TA2 Homologation Gasported with incremental bore sizes available by special order. Both have 1.0, 1.0, 2.0mm file fit performance ring sets, and are available in an extreme duty 2618 alloy. For more information about the latest new PowerPak and PowerPak Plus kits introduced at the 2021 SEMA Show stop by booth 23027, or visit MAHLEMotorsports.com, or call toll free at 888-255-1942. 

Epicor to preview AI-driven automated inventory management, predictive maintenance solutions at AAPEX

Epicor Software Corporation will preview two new industry data analytics solutions for automotive replacement parts distributors and service chains during AAPEX. The new solutions, Epicor Predictive Inventory Assistant (PIA) and Epicor Predictive Maintenance Assistant (PMA), are designed to help users increase sales, profitability and customer loyalty by enabling world-class service levels and operational efficiency.

Visit the company’s exhibit at booth A2238 at AAPEX for more information.

Hot Shot’s Secret – Powered by science

Powered by science and with a commitment to environmental stewardship, Hot Shot’s Secret, manufactured by Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI) in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, offers more than 50 high-performance and preventative maintenance products in over 30,000 retailers nationwide and online. Hot Shot’s Secret’s diverse product line includes fuel and oil additives, engine and gear oils, greases, lubricants, lubricity additives, and coolants for gas and diesel powered vehicles. Specially formulated products are developed to exacting standards, many infused with groundbreaking patented nano technology for diverse markets including automotive, race and off-road, heavy-duty, commercial fleets, RV, agriculture and more. Learn more at AAPEX booth A641.

Innovative Car-O-Liner equipment on display at SEMA 

Car-O-Liner will have several of its innovative products on display at SEMA.

One of those products will be the CTR 9 fully automatic welder, which is currently being featured on the Power Nation TV show “Music City Trucks” as part of its Beach Cruiser Bronco rebuild. Show attendees should note that the Snap-on booth #32017 is in a new location this year, moving to the Upper South Hall in the Collision Repair & Refinishing section of the convention center. 

Lingenfelter launches exclusive Magnuson C8 Intercooled Supercharger Package for 2019+  5.3L & 6.2L GM Trucks 

Lingenfelter and Magnuson have combined their innovative engineering expertise to unleash +45 percent more horsepower for 2019 and later DI 5.3L and 6.2L General Motors Chevy Silverado & GMC Sierra Trucks. Magnuson’s TVS 2650 GM DI Truck Intercooled Supercharger (CARB-pending) is paired with Lingenfelter Performance Engineering’s integrated control system giving trucks an additional 150+ RWHP and 100 RWTQ offering incredible acceleration, improved towing performance, and enhanced off-road ability while retaining excellent drivability and little change to fuel economy.

Visit Lingenfelter in Central Hall booth #24763 at SEMA. 

IN OTHER NEWS: Martin & Company raises funds for Randy Martin Memorial Arts Scholarship at UT Southern

Martin & Company co-founder and President, Zan Martin announces the Randy Martin Memorial Arts Scholarship at UT Southern. The fund will provide scholarships for budding young artists attending the former Martin Methodist College that is now a part of the University of Tennessee education system. To finalize the fundraising effort and begin helping students applying for an arts education in 2022, Zan Martin is committed to raising $25,000 for initial startup funds. A generous donation of $10,000 has already been received from past Martin & Company client, Michael Heckethorn. CONTINUE READING

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