After last year’s show was derailed by the pandemic, we speak to Murray Ellis, Show Director at the Commercial Vehicle Show, to find out more about this year’s show.
What you need to know
Tuesday & Wednesday: 08:30 to 17:00
Thursday: 08:30 to 16:30
How to get there
Birmingham International Railway Station is located within the NEC complex. Connections can be made from all major UK cities.
From the M42: Exit at Junction 6 and follow the signs to the NEC.
From the M6: Exit at Junction 4 or 4a and head for the NEC via Junction 6 of the M42. Paying for parking at the NEC on the day for a full day costs £16.
Halls 3a, 4, and 5, NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way,
Marston Green, Birmingham,
The Commercial Vehicle Show is claimed to be the largest, most comprehensive, and best-attended commercial vehicle event in the UK.
Held at the NEC Birmingham, the event will be celebrating several first-time exhibitors in 2021, highlighting the confidence placed in this year’s show, as well as the latest innovations spanning the whole road transport, distribution, and logistics sectors.
Previously intended to debut last year, there will be a series of live theatre discussions where sector leaders, innovators, and commentators will talk about key industry issues throughout the three days of the show.
CVW will be running a series of seminars over the course of the show, and the timetable will be confirmed in the coming weeks, so make sure to check out our website for more information. For now, Murray Ellis provides more detail on the upcoming event:
Q. Why should you attend this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show?
Murray Ellis (ME): With thousands of visitors already pre-registered, hundreds of exhibitors and many new companies confirmed to date, confidence is high as the Commercial Vehicle Show remains the ‘go-to’ event for everyone working in road transport operations, logistics and distribution-based businesses.
The Commercial Vehicle Show is the most important event in the calendar for everyone working in road transport operations, logistics, and distribution-based businesses, so it is no surprise that visitor registrations are well in advance of previous years.
Q. What companies are going to be exhibiting?
ME: This year, the Show is pleased to announce that major leading brands such as Ford, Toyota, MAXUS, Isuzu, SsangYong, Webasto, VFS, Truckman and Hankook Tyre UK are all continuing their long-term commitments to the Show, while others like Bucher Municipal, LEVC, Petronas Lubricants, Harris Commercial Autospares, Clairvaux, Awilco and many more will be exhibiting for the first time.
Q. What opportunities will this year’s show provide?
ME: The demand to be back doing live business in a face-to-face environment has been building and this year’s Show – taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 31st August to 2nd September – will be the first in the last two years to offer fantastic networking opportunities and the chance to share the very latest products and services in the sector.
Q. What benefit will visitors get out of the Workshop Theatre?
ME: As well as hundreds of exhibitors from across the road transport industry presenting their latest products and services, the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show will also host a live programme across two theatres featuring expert speakers from different sectors, presenting educational and informative sessions on a variety of topics.
With all the changes that have been impacting the sector in the last year, these discussions will provide essential advice and information for every operator. For visitors involved in the maintenance of vehicles, the ‘Workshop Theatre in association with Commercial Vehicle Workshop’ will cover topics ranging from best practice, batteries and brakes, to professional registration.
Proving itself to be the original and best in wheel safety solutions, the Checkpoint product range has played a vital role this past year in ensuring the wheels of many essential vehicles could operate without issue. Providing intelligent safety solutions to all manner of wheels and industrial equipment across a variety of sectors, Checkpoint’s products provide businesses with:
- Increased safety awareness
- Reduced maintenance costs
- Decreased vehicle and equipment downtime
- Simple and efficient tools to install
- Highly visible heat detection and defects
Alongside this is an ever-growing catalogue of supporting materials which is readily available for drivers and fleet operators alike providing a wealth of knowledge on wheel safety.
Commercial Vehicle Workshop
CVW will once again be taking a stand at the show, providing an excellent opportunity for the magazine to connect with its readers about the issues that are currently affecting business and the industry in general. This gives us the chance to find out how to evolve in a way that suits our target audience.
There will also be an opportunity to sign up to CVW’s online newsletter so that you receive all the latest news and industry information direct to your inbox each week. Don’t forget, the Workshop Theatre will be running throughout the course of the show, with a seminar programme created especially by the team at CVW.
Chevin Fleet Solutions
Chevin Fleet Solutions, the leading global provider of smart fleet management software solutions, has launched new, simplified versions of its signature product, FleetWave.
Now available to purchase ‘off the shelf’, FleetWave Core is home to all the key management capabilities needed for best-practice fleet management – from vehicles and drivers to powerful reporting and sophisticated integrations.
FleetWave Advanced is equipped with all the features of Core, plus additional and powerful functionality to manage a broader and more diverse operation. As a cloud hosted solution, customers will enjoy a continuously evolving product that scales with them.
But that’s not all – the technology expert has also refreshed its pricing structure, making its software solutions available on a subscription basis. Billed annually, prices start from just £5 per vehicle per month, with competitive rates for all additional equipment and associated assets.
Hankook Tyre UK will be presenting its expanding portfolio of commercial vehicle tyres at the CV Show. The stand will also display a comprehensive range of existing Hankook truck and bus tyres, including the steer (SmartWork AM11), drive (SmartWork DM11) and trailer (SmartWork TM11) tyres from the recently expanded SmartWork series, for regional on/off road. The new all-season Vantra ST AS2 (RA30) multi-performance van tyre for reliable driving in all weather conditions will also be exhibited, along with tyres from the new Laufenn line-up.
Already viewed as the leader in the UK truck tyre replacement market, the development of the new Laufenn truck tyres is a result of the research in the ever-evolving commercial tyre market to further increase market share dominance in the UK. The new Laufenn commercial portfolio is based on a recognised brand with high quality products, and innovative technologies. The second-line brand offers good value for money, and guaranteed retreadability throughout the range, not only to reduce costs, but to lessen the impact the products have on the environment.
Paul Emery, Sales Director for Hankook Tyre UK, comments: “As Hankook is viewed as the leader in the UK truck tyre replacement market – and the Commercial Vehicle Show is the largest road transport and commercial vehicle event in the UK – it is the ideal opportunity to present our brand new products, alongside our existing innovative tyre solutions.
“Hankook continues to build on its reputation for producing outstanding tyres delivering superb mileage and reliability and the new Laufenn product further demonstrates our understanding of the market and how customer needs are changing.”
He continues: “Our share of the market has grown considerably in recent years and fleets looking to maximize value for money in every area of their business have returned time and time again to Hankook, which prides itself on providing reliable products and service for customers and linking this with excellent cost per mile figures.”
Among the equipment on display at TotalKare’s stand will be its market-leading T8DC cable-free mobile column lifts, headlamp tester, smoke meter, and ancillary workshop equipment including transmission jack, support stands and trailer beam (for use with mobile column lifts).
In addition, TotalKare will also be displaying a section of vehicle inspection pit – a recent addition to their product range – combined with in-ground brake tester. Plus, the company will also be running live demonstrations of its popular mobile brake tester.
“The CV Show is always a real highlight in the calendar for Totalkare, providing an opportunity to meet up with new and existing customers while demonstrating our latest product innovations,” comments Marketing Manager Steve Braund. “We’ve been busy expanding our portfolio over the past 18 months and are looking forward to showcasing these items in September.”
Hope will exhibit its full range of LCV rear protection equipment HOPE Safe-T-Bar, Safe-T-Step, Towing and Non-Towing Models, as well as the latest innovation for Sensor Connect OEM reversing sensor System. Special focus will be given to Scrutineer, and a new, dedicated van-mounted Scrutineer trailer diagnostic unit.
Trailers are not always close to a workshop, and with the increasing requirement for mobile servicing, this new, dedicated van-mounted unit provides a convenient solution to analyse trailer faults efficiently with the shortest possible time downtime.
This new unit has been specially designed for mobile vehicle servicing with size and payload in mind. The clever re-design is manufactured in Aluminium and provides significant space and weight saving. It maintains all the features and benefits of the original Scrutineer including ‘fixed air’ up to 10 bar to check for air leaks and ‘variable air pressure’, ensures the components and valves operate within their desired pressure and are compliant with the manufacturer’s specification.
The full diagnostic trailer check is still an efficient ‘one man’ job. Aided by the distinctive colour coded livery which purposefully corresponds with the circuit cable colour on the Trailer, easily identifies wiring faults on either a full lighting circuit check or individual circuit checks. Likewise, the colour coded designated airline colours correspond with those on the Trailer. A highly visual set of bright LEDs and dials to help pinpoint trailer faults quickly.
Hope will also offer a secondary, entry-level model, providing ‘fixed air’ pressure, for less sophisticated checks..
TruTac, the tachograph analysis experts will be demonstrating its TruFleet system at this year’s CV Show. The fleet management control software now comes with EPMI – electronic document control which is claimed to make HGV and PSV vehicle management and compliance control even easier. Earned Recognition/DVSAapproved, TruFleet enables transport managers to plan, organise, and control all aspects of day-to-day fleet and O Licence management, including:
- Vehicle history, online storage, maintenance planning, and O Licence checks
- Safety inspections, brakes and tyres, defect reporting, and LOLER checks and repairs
- Audit checks, tax and insurance, real-time updates, and tachograph calibration
TruFleet is fully compatible with TruTac’s modular suite of TruControl software to provide full visibility and control over every vehicle and driver.