NACE Selects Las Vegas for Future Events

June 20, 2003

Show Management for the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the show sponsor, the Automotive Service Association (ASA), announced that starting in 2004, NACE will be held in Las Vegas annually and will take place during the same week as Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW). The change means NACE 2004 will be held Nov. 3-6, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas.

“Las Vegas has always been an excellent location for NACE. Holding the event in conjunction with Industry Week in a destination that has consistently set NACE attendance records is a very positive move. Throughout the process leading up to this decision, the support for Las Vegas as an annual location and the change in timing to Industry Week has been extremely strong,” said Galen Poss, president of Hanley-Wood Exhibitions, the NACE Show Management company. “Holding NACE during Industry Week validates the timing and venue as the premier gathering for the world’s automotive service community,” he said.

Many segments of the automotive aftermarket industry participate in AAIW. The official sponsors are the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association.

Sponsors of the SEMA Show and AAPEX are pleased to welcome the automotive collision repair industry and NACE to Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in Las Vegas. Exhibitors and attendees at all three trade shows will reportedly benefit from expanded opportunities and attendance during Industry Week 2004. Other organizations with programs during AAIW include the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), the Overseas Automotive Council (OAC), the Tire Industry Association (TIA) as well as the Automotive Service Association’s CARS.

For more information, visit the NACE Web site at

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