matchmaking program at AAPEX

The Auto Care Association, in partnership with the International Trade Administration and the U.S. Commercial Service, hosted the first matchmaking program with Latin American buyers at AAPEX 2016. This initiative was part of an award the association received from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help the automotive aftermarket industry increase exports to free trade agreement partners in Latin America.

The program successfully connected suppliers at AAPEX 2016 with a select group of pre-screened buyers. The Auto Care Association matched the participants’ buying and product interests, and scheduled more than 25 one-on-one meetings on Nov. 1-3 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

Please find more information on this program here.


“We go to shows all over the country and the one thing that is lacking is the one-on-one B2B part. This did that. It’s a very helpful and worthwhile program, and we would like more if it.” 

- Jason Shanks, vice president, sales and marketing, Superior Battery Manufacturing
Auto Care Association member

“The matchmaking program was a remarkable opportunity to discover information about markets in which our company is currently not involved. The quiet, sit down, face-to-face setups provided a comfortable atmosphere conducive to developing new prospective partnerships.”

- Ryan Smith, sales and marketing manager, Cloyes Gear and Products, Inc.
Auto Care Association member

“Compared to show floor encounters, this program offered focused time, no distractions, and the advanced company self-selection ensured there was mutual interest.”

- Camilo Zapata, sales manager for Latin America, Atlantic Pacific Automotive

Please check back soon for detailed information and how to register for the matchmaking program at AAPEX 2017.

For additional event information, please contact Carolina Arregoces at or 240-333-1037.


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