2022 AAPEX & SEMA News Roundup

Nov. 7, 2022

Here's a look back on the headlines and stories from this year's industry events in Las Vegas. Nevada. 

If you missed the action at this year's AAPEX and SEMA shows, here's a quick roundup of some of the events that happened throughout the week.


Women in Auto Care Award Winners Announced its Award Winners

Women in Auto Care honored their top women in the industry on Wednesday at AAPEX.

AASA Award Winners Announced Its Award Winners

Winners were honored in categories of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and in advocacy.

AWDA Announced Its 2022 Industry Award Winners

Four winners were honored during the 2022 AWDA General Session on Monday, October 31 in Las Vegas.

AAPEX: Best Booth Award Winners

Seven companies received awards from AAPEX for booth design and creative uses of space.

Industry News

Right to Repair Was Delayed ... Again

With another setback for Right to Repair, ACAs Bill Hanvey encourages aftermarket to "apply the pressure."

OEM-Backed Autonomous Vehicle Project Shuts Down

Two setbacks in the driverless technology world raise major roadblocks for development.

TechForce Report Shows New Technician Supply Decline

The TechForce Foundation released its 2022 Transportation Technician Supply & Demand Report. 

Shop Fix Academy and Leads Near Me Announce Partnership

Aaron Stokes and Ryan Burton look to help more shop owners through new collaboration.

AAPEX Briefing: Aftermarket Poised to Weather Uncertain Times

The past decade has been a time of unprecedented growth for the aftermarket. Thus, shops are in a good position for the times.

Emerging Tech & EV

ADAS Technology Leads the Way in AAPEX Media Tour

ADAS technology was on full display at AAPEX 2022.

Shipley: EV Drivers Have a Different Mentality

As electric vehicles continue to be a trending topic for the automotive aftermarket, it's important to know the demographic of those who own them and their thoughts about them.

SEMA EV Aftermarket Panel: EVs are Different; Be Ready

Panelists discussed how EVs will impact the automotive aftermarket, Tesla, and who controls connected vehicles.


SEMA: Supercharging Your Digital Content to Convert Customers

Barry Alt and Dean Heckman talked about what digital marketing is, how shops can use it, and how it affects awareness, acquisition, and customer retention.


AAPEX Bonus Podcast: Lauren Beaulieu of Advance Professional Talks TechNet Impressions

In this special AAPEX episode, Lauren Beaulieu revisits a story published in the June Issue of Ratcher+Wrench and discusses what's happened with TechNet Impressions since it was published.

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