The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) will open a section of the 2009 International BIG R Show for Heavy Duty Engine Suppliers so that engine remanufacturers in the heavy duty side of the business will be attracted to this new combined trade show. The 2009 International BIG R Show is being co-located with the ATRA Powertrain Expo on November 1-2, 2009 at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas just prior to the opening of the AAPEX and SEMA Shows and will offer emphasis on the diesel engine remanufacturing market.
During the recent HD Reman Summit in Orlando it was announced that APRA’s Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group (HDRG) will undertake to provide a venue for diesel engine remanufacturers and distributors to meet and network among their peers. According to Bill Gager, APRA President, “The International BIG R Show is a natural place for the diesel engine community to meet for technical meetings and networking among all constituents of the remanufacturing marketplace.” Gager added, “The equipment suppliers to the diesel market and the distributors serving that market will also be able to share their needs and marketing expertise with the other product lines in the HDRG. The heavy duty transmission, axle and steering market use machining and cleaning equipment one might find in a diesel shop and vice-versa.”
The inclusion of the diesel engine market constituents into the BIG R Show was first suggested by several engine parts suppliers a couple of years ago. The needs of the remanufacturing industry to combine show facilities into one all-encompassing exhibit seemed to be a natural thing to do in today’s economy. Other avenues have largely gone untended and the HDRG Board felt it was time to step up and provide the resources necessary to provide a solution to the needs of the diesel engine market.
The recent agreement with ATRA provided impetus to proceed with the all-encompassing show. The larger remanufacturing community can be best served by combining the remanufacturing segments in this one location in Las Vegas just before an industry wide event such as Industry Week. ATRA, APRA and HDRG share many needs and this solution seems tailor-made to answer those needs.
An organizing committee consisting of HDRG and several diesel engine rebuilders/distributors and component manufacturers has been formed to facilitate the inclusion of the diesel engine market into The International BIG R Show. Exhibit space is now available for engine parts and equipment suppliers and information can be obtained from Bill Gager at 703-968-2772 ext 103.
The 2009 International BIG R Show and ATRA’s Powertrain Expo should draw about 2,500 people. Prospective attendees will now benefit from the additional services, equipment and parts from the entire industry being shown at the new International Show and ATRA Powertrain Expo.