With ticket registration recently opening for the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show, the organisers take a closer look at how the road transport sector has been shouldering a heavy load for the last year, and why attendance for both exhibitors and visitors is crucial.
No one could have planned for the unprecedented challenges of dealing with a global health pandemic and the implications of the UK’s departure from the EU at the same time. Yet, such conditions have brought recognition and praise to a deserving industry working hard in adversity. This has brought together fleet management, supply chain management, cold chain storage, road haulage, and mobility technologies. This momentous period in UK history has shown this industry’s courage and tireless dedication to keep essential supplies moving to the consumer.
As a result of this recognition, however, there has been a certain step change and a period of reflection. Business owners are now asking themselves questions: ‘What should the priority be?’, ‘What challenges will we face?’, and ‘How will this impact our bottom lines?’. In a rapidly evolving sector, the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show is set to be the most important industry event in recent history to help tackle some of these issues.
The Commercial Vehicle Show has always been the leading event on the road transport calendar each year and the 2021 event is set to be no different. Taking place 31st August- 2nd September at the NEC in Birmingham, it will be the first opportunity in two years for businesses in the road transport sector to catch up on all the latest developments in the industry, and the confidence from exhibitors has been strong.
The UK’s leading brands have long recognised the importance of demonstrating their latest products and services to key decision makers from thousands of UK businesses at the Commercial Vehicle Show, and more than 200 companies have already confirmed their attendance.
In addition to the UK’s largest collection of road transport exhibitors, the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show will host a programme of live theatre discussions. Sector leaders, innovators, and commentators will talk about key industry issues throughout the three days. 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.
Show Director Murray Ellis comments: “Over the course of a very difficult year, we have witnessed such dedication and commitment from transport operators to keep Britain supplied with both essential goods and everyday products.
“With ever-changing legislation and UK-EU trading relationships, it’s more important than ever for businesses to make crucial investment decisions about the products and services they will need to succeed in the years ahead.
“There is no better place than the Commercial Vehicle Show for suppliers to showcase their latest innovations, and no better place for operators to catch up with every new development in their industry.”
After a year of cancelled events all over the UK, next year’s Commercial Vehicle Show will be the first opportunity for suppliers and customers to meet for a long time, and the industry is looking forward to renewing relationships.
The 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show is brought to exhibitors and visitors by the Road Haulage Association (RHA), Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE). These advocates for the industry have been campaigning to ensure policy makers and the public are cognizant of challenges faced and to offer solutions that work for the industry.
Reconnecting with existing suppliers and forging new future partnerships for the first time in two years will offer more positivity and possibilities than ever before.