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Driving business in a Net Zero world: Expanded CV Show returns for 2024

19 October 2023 #Features & Interviews

Britain’s largest and most comprehensive road freight transport, distribution and logistics event, the Commercial Vehicle Show returns to NEC Birmingham from 23-25 April 2024. Now in its 23rd year, the event has helped a long list of industry representatives with buying authority to prepare their businesses for growth – and in recent years, against an ever more complex and changing backdrop of new regulations and technology.

Given that information is key to success for operators and technicians looking to futureproof their fleets and skills, next year’s CV Show will help exhibitors connect even more closely to fleets and reach an audience eager to learn what investments they should make to boost their business. For the very first time, the show will include a conference covering the core themes of decarbonisation, including electrification and hydrogen, skills and recruitment, and the latest technical updates.

With the EU expected to implement new emissions standards for conventional truck and van engines from 2027, the UK ending the sale of new non-zero emission vans and trucks under 26 tonnes by 2035 – with heavier HGVs to follow in 2040 – and a national shortage of truck technicians, the commercial vehicle industry is undergoing the most radical changes in its history.

With an audience that faces significant challenges and opportunities over the next few years, more than 300 manufacturers and suppliers are expected to showcase their tech and expertise to the entirety of the sector, from major public sector bodies looking to make long-term large investments in fleets, to owner-operators keen to learn how to adapt their operations against the backdrop of growing emissions legislation.

Developed by the industry for the industry, the CV Show is represented by the three stakeholders – the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE), the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Last year’s edition of the show welcomed almost 12,000 C-suite executives, transport managers, engineers, procurement professionals and directors from across the public and private sector – all planning to renew their fleets, upgrade their operational management and find new ways to grow their business.

Companies already booked in to exhibit at the show for 2024 include ARB Truckman, Axtec, Bott, Bradshaw Electric Vehicles, Aquarius IT, Fischer Panda, Harris Maxus, Locks4Vans, National Highways, TVL Security, Webasto, TGS Automotive Group, Samsara, Sortimo, System Edstrom, ALD LeasePlan, FleetCheck, Chevin Fleet Solutions, and Dynamon.

With 98% of visitors holding purchasing authority for vehicles, the event is Britain’s business centre for truck, van, trailer and other commercial vehicle technologies that are set to shape the sector over the next decade.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “The commercial vehicle sector plays a pivotal role in the UK economy, with manufacturers investing billions to deliver ever greener, safer and more cost-effective vehicles and equipment.

“With the sector in such a period of complex change, operators’ need for expert insight into the latest technologies and regulation has never been greater.

“In these uncertain times, the CV Show is an unmissable opportunity, providing the most authoritative platform for manufacturers to demonstrate how they can help businesses across Britain navigate the road ahead.”

What exhibitors say about the CV Show…

Laura Moran, Managing Director, TVL Group, a vehicle security products supplier

“The Commercial Vehicle Show remains such an important event for our industry. Every year, it is one of the first dates we pencil in the diary, allowing us to plan our key product and new initiative launches accordingly.

“In 2022, we had a hugely successful launch of our online community Tell TVL, which continues to go from strength to strength, and this year we introduced updated versions of two of our award-winning aftermarket lock packages – the fully-connected HookLock 2.0 and ArmourShell 2.0 – as well as our new Anti-Cut Shielding panel range.

“We’re already planning our strategy for the 2024 CV Show and are hoping it will be our biggest and best one yet!”

Mark Cartwright, Head of Commercial Vehicle Incident Prevention at National Highways, which sets highway standards for all four UK nations

“The CV Show is a really powerful way for National Highways and our Driving for Better Business campaign to engage with commercial vehicle operators and industry suppliers. We are always busy on our stand with visitors and find the opportunities to receive feedback and engage with road users very worthwhile.”

Jane Geary, Marketing Director, Podfather

“The CV Show is the highlight of the event calendar for team Podfather. We get to network with new business opportunities, meet existing customers and catch up with all our industry partners. As far as I’m concerned it’s THE show to be at for companies working within the logistics industry and we are already looking forward to being back for the 2024 show.”

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