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Preview: Commercial Vehicle Show 2024

18 April 2024 #Features & Interviews

Britain’s largest and most comprehensive road freight transport, distribution and logistics event, the Commercial Vehicle Show returns to NEC Birmingham next week, from 23-25 April.

Now in its 23rd year, the show is the most important date in the calendar for UK fleet operators looking for new technologies that will reduce their operating costs, improve vehicle safety and boost efficiency across their operations.

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 biggest changes in its history.

With an audience that faces challenges and opportunities over the next few years, more than 300 manufacturers and suppliers are expected to showcase their technologies and expertise, 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 event 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).

Companies appearing at the show for 2024 include Renault, Ford, Scania, Iveco, Sany, Harris Maxus, Isuzu UK, ARB Truckman, Axtec, Bott, Bradshaw Electric Vehicles, Aquarius IT, Fischer Panda, Locks4Vans, National Highways, Webasto, TGS Automotive Group, Samsara, Sortimo, System Edstrom, ALD LeasePlan, FleetCheck, Chevin Fleet Solutions, Dynamon, Alphabet and many more.

There is also a Workshop Zone which showcases everything from OE components and replacement parts to maintenance management systems, garage, workshop, and body shop equipment.

For those looking to get their fleet fit for the future, there is also a Destination Net Zero zone, showcasing the latest zero and low emission trucks and technologies.

In addition, this year the show will see more than 30 industry experts and influencers taking to the stage at an all-new seminar programme – The Road Ahead.

This conference-style event will provide insight and analysis on everything from net zero fleets and regulation to workforce upskilling and wellbeing, with 18 speaker and panel sessions taking place across three full days.

It will also help fleets keep ahead of the curve in the transition to net zero road haulage, with panel discussions and Q&As featuring leading van and truck OEMs, executives from the SMMT, National Highways, the RHA and National Grid, plus an opening address from Rt Hon Bill Esterson MP, Shadow Minister for Transport (Roads).

Susan Kitchener, Executive Lead, Commercial Vehicle Show, said: “The CV Show has always been the best place for industry to get a first look at the future of Britain’s fleets, from vehicle and component technology to specialist solutions and services.

“Now, an all-new seminar programme gives attendees a front row seat to gain expertise from across the sector, helping them to start preparing for their successful future, today.”

Crucially, with the seminar programme held under the same roof and alongside the exhibition, this year’s event is a one-stop shop with attendees also being able to hold one-to-one discussions with exhibitors of the very latest vehicle technology and solutions that align with their business goals and future strategy.

The Road Ahead will provide timely tips and advice for fleets considering the next steps towards decarbonisation, as well as offering direct insight from experts on how to navigate the UK’s fast-changing regulatory landscape, including connected and automated vehicle solutions.

For example, the role of cutting-edge technology, including the use of artificial intelligence in fleet management, is even more paramount in futureproofing transport depots.

Green skills and diverse recruitment are at the core of the transition and The Road Ahead attendees will gain expert analysis on the very best strategies for recruitment, upskilling and workforce wellbeing – allowing employers to hire, train and retain the best talent.

There will also be a special stream with would-be young apprentices to discuss the rewarding careers on offer in the sector and what industry can do to attract Gen Z – including a try-out of the latest virtual reality technology driving a new generation of training.

Last year, the CV Show’s badge scan system, which records exhibitors’ engagement with visitors at their stand, logged more than 12,000 individual meetings between those that opted to use the technology – meaning those exhibitors generated a new lead at least every seven seconds.

Given about 98% of event visitors last year had purchasing authority and planned to upgrade their fleets, the CV Show is a vital date in the calendar for delivering business growth – particularly amid tough economic conditions in the UK and globally.

Susan Kitchener added: “The CV Show is where the industry gets business done, connecting exhibitors with operators eager to invest in the latest technology and services to boost their business.

“With a vast variety of vehicles and products, plus an expert seminar programme, all under one roof, the CV Show is the crucial event for those who want to both see the future – and to deliver it.”

With a wide range of seminar sessions, displays and demonstrations of the latest technology, the show’s exhibitions and seminars represent a must-see opportunity for fleets – of all sizes, types and ambitions – to boost their success as industry change accelerates in 2024 and beyond.

Register now for your free pass to the CV Show.

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