matchmaking program at AAPEX

The Auto Care Association, in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, is excited to offer U.S. exhibitors at the show a unique opportunity to connect with international buyers interested in U.S. products and services in the auto care industry.

If you are interested in entering or increasing your presence in the international market, consider participating in the Auto Care Association’s fourth annual International Matchmaking Program at AAPEX 2019.

The Auto Care Association will match U.S. exhibitors to international buyers based on their products of interest, and will schedule one-on-one meetings Nov. 5 -6, 2019 at the Sands Expo.

Register here!

The deadline to register is October 10, 2019.

For more information please contact Carolina Arregoces at or 240-333-1037.

The International Matchmaking Program is part of the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) award the association received from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help the automotive aftermarket industry increase its exports.


“Auto Care’s International Match Making program at AAPEX is a wonderful entry into several new markets if you are looking to grow your business internationally, it provides all that you need to have successful meetings right at your fingertips. The program sets up pointed and well-aligned meetings for your team to learn about new opportunities with potential partners worldwide. I have partnered with the program for two years now and look forward to the next. I highly recommend the experience and would tell you that you will get what you put into it and more.” 

- Chris O’Reilly, director of global sales, Autopart International
Auto Care Association member

“What a great opportunity and matchmaking event at AAPEX this year. I took a chance and it has paid off handsomely. The company options, the scheduling and the quality of buyers were on point.” 

- Joseph De Santino, president, JDS Worldwide Corp 
Auto Care Association member

“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

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