The Commercial Vehicle Show is at last upon us, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 18-20 April, with a range of light commercial and heavy vehicle manufacturers showcasing the best and latest technology that the sector has to offer. With over 200 exhibitor stands, there will be something for everyone to look at, as well as specialist components, security devises and vehicle conversions.
I’m particularly looking forward to seeing a breadth of zero emission vehicles making their debut. It is testament to the importance of the CV Show, as the UK’s largest road transport industry event, that OEMs are choosing to exhibit their prized vehicles at the event.
There will also be two live theatres accompanying the exhibition for visitors to hear from a variety of presenters on a range of subjects over the three days. On the first day, SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes will make an address on the progress and pitfalls on the path to a decarbonised CV industry, at 10:30 in the Road Ahead Theatre.
This will be followed by Sukky Choongh, SMMT Environmental Manager, who will discuss the need for a plan to deliver zero emission HGV charging and refuelling infrastructure across the UK.
SMMT will also, importantly, use the show to highlight the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit, created to help our members identify best practices for promoting internal and external DE&I activities across the automotive sector. It includes guidelines for demonstrating an inclusive culture, and supports actions to help develop a truly inclusive industry agenda, as well as providing helpful tips and advice.
We will be hosting a DE&I coffee morning on our stand and look forward to discussing how we can help members on their journey to greater inclusivity – and the benefits it brings to businesses and wider society.
There is still time to register here. I look forward to seeing you at the CV Show next week.