Auto Care Association Hosts Successful International Matchmaking Program at AAPEX 2019

November 21, 2019
By Camille Sheehan

BETHESDA, Md. – November 20, 2019 – The Auto Care Association, in partnership with the International Trade Administration and the U.S. Commercial Service, hosted its annual International Matchmaking Program at AAPEX 2019. The initiative is part of an award the association received from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help the automotive aftermarket industry increase exports.

The program successfully connected suppliers with a select group of international buyers during AAPEX. The Auto Care Association matched participants’ buying and product interests and scheduled one-on-one meetings on Nov. 5-6 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

“I was greatly surprised by the quality of the prospects I met during this event,” said Jose L. Alonso, director of global sales, Murray Corporation, an AAPEX exhibitor. “For anyone who is trying to develop international business, this event is the source you need to start networking and promoting your company, products and services. I firmly believe that I have earned three new customers interested in partnering with Murray Corporation to promote our products locally. In my opinion, this is a highly recommended program. It helps you meet new customers and uncover new clients and business opportunities. I am looking forward to participating next year.”

The Auto Care Association has an ever-increasing presence in the international automotive community, identifying and promoting international business opportunities for its members. The association has hosted eight successful trade missions in the last three years to key markets in Latin America. In addition, registration for an upcoming trade mission to Peru on March 16-17, 2020, is now open. To register and learn more about this opportunity visit the association's trade missions webpage.

For more information about the Auto Care Association’s international business development opportunities, including its trade mission to Peru, please contact Carolina Arregoces, associate, international affairs, Auto Care Association at