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Feature: All systems go for the 2018 Commercial Vehicle Show

19 April 2018 #CV Sector #CV Show #Features & Interviews #Logistics #News #Sales #TNB News #Top Stories #Tractor #Trailer #Truck #Van

In just a few days the doors of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham will open on the biggest and most important commercial vehicle event of the year, as the CV Show returns for 2018.

The exhibition space is full with the biggest names from across the commercial vehicle spectrum. From truck, van and trailer manufacturers, to fork lift trucks, insurers, tyre companies, telematics, training providers and fuels and lubricants suppliers, the CV Show is the premier destination and one-stop-shop for everyone involved in the CV world.

In 2017, the CV Show exceeded 20,000 visitors once again, and this year’s event retains the larger floorplan to accommodate the rising numbers of exhibitors. Visitors can view all the latest details including the floorplan, exhibitor and product locator listed under the ‘For Visitors’ tab at

Some of the biggest names in the world’s van and LCV industry will be among the major stars of this year’s show, including the UK’s LCV market leader Ford and the second-most prolific CV brand, Volkswagen. They will be joined by Citroën, Fiat Professional, Isuzu, Iveco, LDV, MAN, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, SsangYong and Toyota.

While most of the manufacturers are remaining tight-lipped about new developments, there will be a number of new model launches at the three-day event. There will be a wealth of new products seen for the first time, as the show provides a shop window for many of the UK’s top converters and bodybuilders, who supply anything from lighting and racking systems through to bespoke vehicle bodies.

CV Show Director, Rob Skelton, said: “One of the great things about this show is that it clearly demonstrates the diversity and adaptability of the UK’s LCV sector. Not only do we have key manufacturers offering British customers some of the best vans and light trucks in the world, but we also have UK-based convertors and specialists who are able to transform those vehicles into bespoke products that are built for very specific purposes, in turn creating jobs and providing vital revenue to the UK economy.”

CV Show Director, Rob Skelton

Following its hugely popular debut last year, the CV Show Innovation Hub is making a return to highlight the commercial vehicle sector’s leadership in new technology.

Hosted by leading road freight magazine, Motor Transport, the Innovation Hub will run continuous sessions each day with a line-up of leading inspirational speakers and industry experts. This free-to-attend forum is designed specifically for show visitors and their businesses to prepare for the years ahead.

Experts from the DVSA, TRL, Autogas, the World Economic Forum, Skills for Logistics and FreightShare Lab, are just some of the speakers lined up throughout the show.

Andy Salter, managing director of Motor Transport is looking forward to guiding the speakers and delegates through the activities: “There is so much innovation going on in the market, it makes the Innovation Hub a really exciting initiative,” explained Andy. “We’ve built a programme with some great speakers who will be talking on a range of topics: Truck platooning, autonomous vehicles, truck technology, alternative fuels, collaboration, blockchain. It’s going to be a great three days”.

The Workshop Zone in Hall 4 will be the shop window into a massive range of products covering everything needed to keep vehicles running at maximum efficiency; from Original Equipment (OE) components and replacement parts, to maintenance management systems, garage, workshop and bodyshop equipment.

For those transporting temperature-controlled goods, the Cool Zone in hall 3A is an essential visit. A huge range of refrigerated vehicles and bodywork, side by side with the latest fridge units, monitoring equipment and other products specific to cold chain operations will be on display.

Among the advanced technologies appearing at the show will be the latest in driver safety and assistance systems, cloud-based vehicle management software, and innovative production techniques that reduce waste, improve quality and increase efficiency.

CV Show Director, Rob Skelton, said: “The theme of technology is at the forefront of the commercial vehicle industry, and the show is a great platform to show that. That’s supported by the Innovation Hub, which we introduced to the show last year. We have a lot planned for it this year; a seminar theatre where we address emerging technologies that are happening in the industry, which is through expert speakers and audience participation. It’s a new element to the show and it worked well last year; we think it’s going to be even more popular at the 2018 show. It’s another reason for attending as a visitor because you can see all the exhibitors, but you might actually learn something that prepares your business for the future. To get the most from the event and all the latest information we encourage visitors to register now for a free entry pass, ensuring they receive important updates in the run-up to the event.”

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “This year’s event is set to reflect the huge amount of innovation taking place in the road transport industry, all geared to help operators get the most out of their fleets and deliver the safest, most efficient and value for money services. From the latest advanced low emission vehicles and driver assistance systems to aftermarket products and logistics software solutions, the cutting-edge tech on display will re-affirm the CV Show’s place at the heart of our industry.”

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