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All roads lead to Birmingham for CV Show

It may be 10% larger in terms of floor space, but the Commercial Vehicle Show 2017 looks set to be as jam-packed as ever when it opens its doors next week – and there’s still time to register for FREE tickets at www.cvshow.com

With over 460 exhibitors, Halls 3, 3a, 4 and 5 of the NEC are fully sold out, with exhibitors from across the road transport, distribution and logistics industries. 

For 2017, the show has some big names making a return. The free-to-attend show hosts two heavy truck manufactures, market leader DAF and MAN, along with Guest Trucks, a major distributor for Iveco. 
While there are bound to be a number of surprises, one of the major news stories will be the reveal of DAF’s new Future Truck Chassis Concept. 

Designed primarily as a distribution vehicle, DAF’s FTCC was developed as a collaborative project with Sapa Profiles UK and CSA Group, and co-funded by the UK government’s Innovate UK, and achieves a weight saving of 500kg over the truck maker’s 12-tonne LF chassis platform. 

The show will also play host to some major new LCV launches, including the UK premieres of MAN’s new TGE and Volkswagen’s New Crafter, along with the Isuzu D-Max pick-up, three new body derivatives of the Peugeot Partner and the world’s first low-floor electric minibus in the form of the Mellor Coachcraft Orion E. 

Trailers will play a big part, too, with major new product launches from Tiger, Cartwright, Montracon and Lawrence David, along with Chereau, Don-Bur, Ekeri, Gray & Adams, SDC, Tiger and Transdek which will be demonstrating solutions designed to save hauliers money and reduce emissions, maximise space and improve fuel economy. 

Future developments will also play a huge part, with the CV sector promoting its position as a clear technology leader. It’s commercial vehicles that are, in several respects, pioneering the move towards advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and an increasingly autonomous future, while environmental pressures mean that the current generation of commercial vehicles is cleaner than ever, and getting even greener. 

With advanced telematics, emissions technology and safety systems chief among them, the show offers a great opportunity to see these technological advances first hand, from companies both small and large. 
Also new for 2017 will be two new live features, which are set to fuel discussion among visitors. 
The new initiatives are the Innovation Hub, presented by respected industry title Motor Transport, and interactive Twitter Lounges, in which visitors and exhibitors can tweet their experiences and news live from the show.

The focus of the Innovation Hub is on exploring the latest developments in fuels, autonomous vehicles and logistics planning.

The 45 minute sessions will include expert speakers from Iveco, TRL and Transport Systems Catapult leading the discussion on innovation, followed by facilitated debate with speakers and attendees to explore the future developments and generate feedback from the audience.

The Innovation Hub will be housed in Hall 3 and will be free to attend – there’s no need to pre-register, just turn up and take a seat.

The panel of expert speakers, which will be announced at the show, will lead discussions on the following topics:

Fuels – the future thinking in diesel, electric, gas and hydrogen power sources.

Autonomy – the big industry issue of the future. What benefits will the connected truck bring to the industry?

Logistics – reviewing the freight models of the future. What are the opportunities for data management and collaboration?

The Innovation Hub is organised by Motor Transport in conjunction with the CV Show and sponsored by Smart Witness, Guests, TRL and Transport Systems Catapult. 

Meanwhile, the Twitter Lounges will broadcast visitors’ and exhibitors’ tweets live, if the handles @theCVShow and #CVShow are used. It’s a great way for exhibitors to get their messages across, following three solid years of growth in the show’s social media presence. 

CV Show Director, Rob Skelton, said, “One of the things we’ve tried to do in recent years is develop the way in which show visitors and exhibitors can communicate with each other, both with their news, and with pressing issues where the industry can benefit from a shared voice and a balance of opinions.” 

“The new Innovation Hub will be the perfect platform to bring together key figures in the freight and logistics industries to discuss current issues in an open forum environment, while our Twitter lounges are a great way for exhibitors and visitors to share their experiences in an immediate and visible manner and increase their social media presence.” 

On the eve of the event, exhibitors and partners are looking forward to what is expected to be one of the boldest and busiest CV Shows yet. 

“We’re very excited to be back at the CV Show in 2017 and to be flying the flag for the heavy truck industry,” said DAF Marketing Manager, Phil Moon, “We’ve enjoyed a market leading position for over two decades now, and it’s for good reason. 

Meanwhile, MAN’s Marketing Communications Manager, Martin Pickering, said, “The attraction of the CV Show for a leading manufacturer such as MAN is not just the number of visitors, but the quality of those visitors. It is a fabulous networking opportunity for us and allows us to meet with our existing clients and build strong leads with potential customers. Footfall at the show is always impressive.”

From the trailer industry, Lawrence David spokesman Milo Cheney, added, ““The CV Show is a great networking event and launch platform for all businesses involved in the commercial vehicle industry. This year offers a great opportunity for Lawrence David to launch our completely new vehicle, along with numerous exciting new features.” 

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the SMMT – one of the show partners – said, “The CV Show is more relevant than ever. With demand for commercial vehicles still strong, there’s a significant need for additional services. Whether that’s parts and components, telematics, driver assistance systems, fleet management software or specialist conversions, the CV Show is the perfect shop window for them all, and a great opportunity for anyone in the transport or logistics industry to do business.” 

And Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of show partner the Road Haulage Association, added, “The CV show represents the biggest and best shop window for the road freight industry. 85% of the UKs goods are moved by road in commercial vehicles – trucks and vans. Ours in an industry that is based upon movement. But that means much more than just the distance from A to B. It’s about innovation, revolution and progressive thinking.” 

Nowhere is that type of thinking more visible than in the show’s two dedicated zones, designed to make it easy for visitors to find sector suppliers. WORKSHOP is an all-encompassing shop window displaying hundreds of exhibitors spanning the whole automotive aftermarket and CV maintenance sector, while COOL satisfies the special requirements of the temperature controlled operator with a vast display of refrigerated transport and cold chain equipment and related services. 

CV Show 2017 will also give visitors an insight into some of the key safety and security systems on offer, as well as components such as tail-lifts, truck mounted cranes and forklifts, plus software, HR, fleet management and data services. 

As the largest and most comprehensive road freight transport, distribution and logistics event staged in Britain, The CV Show caters for every operator’s requirements and is purposely designed to be a one-stop shop for anyone involved in the sector. 

To register to attend the CV Show for free and find out more about the Show’s many features, along with a full exhibitor list and floorplan, go to www.cvshow.com