The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) will be co-locating its International Big R Show with NACE Automechanika in 2018 and subsequent years, according to a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the parties. The first co-located event will occur August 8-10, 2018 in Atlanta, Ga.
|From left: Jim Savas, UBM Americas Automotive Group VP & GM; Joe Kripli, APRA President; Omar Cueto, Dieselogic Test Equipment Manager; Patrick Nohilly, Messe Frankfurrt President & CFO; Dennis Smith, Messe Frankfurt, President & CEO|
Currently, the APRA Big R Show is the leading networking and education event in North America for the independent automotive remanufacturing industry. NACE Automechanika is the largest U.S. trade show dedicated to high-end technical and management-related training for automotive collision and service repair shops.
“APRA is thrilled to be partnering with NACE Automechanika,” stated APRA President Joe Kripli. “Our association’s mission is to create opportunities for members of the association. This combined event will deliver on that as our industry continues to evolve.”
“As we make progress in planning for NACE Automechanika 2018, our main objective continues to be uniting the industry through our commitment to training. We are pleased that beginning with our Atlanta event next year, remanufacturing will be an area of focus going forward,” said Dennis Smith, President and CEO, Messe Frankfurt North America.
The powerful combination of these two events in 2018 and beyond will create incredible new networking and education opportunities for exhibitors and attendees alike. The co-located Big R Show and NACE Automechanika events will establish the leading and fastest growing trade show for remanufacturing, collision and service repair in North America.
Exhibitors at this year’s International Big R Show to be held in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 28-30, 2017 will receive priority position and discounts for the 2018 Big R Show in the co-located event.
The APRA Big R Show will be co-located with NACE Automechanika for 2019 in Chicago, Ill. and 2020 in a location to be determined.
About the Automotive Parts Remananufacturers Association
APRA was founded October 24, 1941 with several dozen companies. Over the past 75 years, membership has grown to hundreds of member companies worldwide. The association helps protect the industry through its government affairs efforts in Washington, DC and elsewhere. In addition, the association provides technical education as well as networking opportunities for members to grow their business.