A commercial vehicle shop-front

A commercial vehicle shop-front

The Commercial Vehicle Show offers visitors the chance to see a range of products and services that can help them to operate a safe, efficient and effective commercial vehicle fleet

The UK road transport sector is an ever‑evolving industry and the 2018 Commercial Vehicle Show offers unparalleled access to the pioneering manufacturers and suppliers who are modernising this vital industry.

Innovations leading to reduced emissions, greater road safety and increased fuel efficiency are changing the face of the transport industry forever, and the Commercial Vehicle Show offers you the opportunity to meet with those who have made these advances possible.

The Commercial Vehicle Show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 24-26 April, and offers visitors the chance to see a massive range of products and services that can help them to operate and maintain a safe, efficient and effective fleet. As well as every type of commercial vehicle for a multitude of applications, there are always new developments in telematics systems, handling equipment, fuels, tyres and much more.

Vehicle manufacturers exhibiting at the 2018 Show include, MAN Truck and Bus, Citroën, Fiat Professional, Ford, Isuzu, Iveco, LDV, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, SsangYong, Toyota and Volkswagen. Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Show hosts global and domestic launches for the very latest products and services in every sector of the road transport industry.

The Innovation Hub, which was launched last year, hosts seminars covering some of the latest and most exciting developments in the sector.

Subjects covered at the 2017 Show included autonomy, future fuels and logistics improvements. The 45‑minute sessions will include expert speakers from across the industry, followed by a debate with speakers and attendees to explore the future developments and generate feedback from the audience.

Light commercial vehicles

While van registrations fell 4.2 per cent in January, according to SMMT figures, the decline amounts to just 888 fewer vans being driven off forecourts in the first month of the year, compared with 2017.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, “With business confidence continuing to be affected by economic and political uncertainty, this decline comes as no surprise. Despite this, the UK van market remains at a very high level and, although purchasing patterns are cyclical they do fluctuate with business confidence, so we continue to look to government to improve conditions so the sector can grow.”

Some of the biggest names in the world’s van and LCV industry will be among the major stars of this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show.

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. 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.”

Workshop and Cool Zones

Following the continued success and popularity of two specialist sectors, the show will once again feature Workshop and Cool zones, which will be features in themselves.

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 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.

A one-stop-shop

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.

“Once more the CV Show is providing the best opportunity of the year for visitors to meet all of their sourcing needs under one roof,” said Rob Skelton.

“From truck, van and trailer manufacturers through to ancillary service providers, there is no better business-to-business environment for any individual or company involved in the road transport industry. The bigger show area in 2017 was a huge hit and saw over 400 exhibitors and more than 20,000 visitors yet again. 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.”

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