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The Commercial Vehicle Show – the beating heart of Britain’s green road transport industry

The Commercial Vehicle Show – the beating heart of Britain’s green road transport industry

As the road transport sector undergoes rapid change with decarbonisation, automation, new safety standards and training the workforce to deliver such change, at the heart of it is the Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show – the UK’s most comprehensive road freight transport event in the UK. With innovative truck, van, trailer and aftermarket products, from electric and hydrogen vehicles to cutting-edge components, it is the most important fixture in the calendar for fleet buyers to discover the very latest technology that will drive down their running costs, improve vehicle safety and boost operational efficiency.

Now in its 23rd year, the CV Show is expected to bring around 12,000 buyers and 200 exhibitors to the NEC Birmingham from 23-25 April – who’ll get a firsthand look at the zero-emission future being delivered by the world’s largest brands and some of the most innovative components and solutions providers, all laying out their products and plans for 2024 and beyond.

The Show, led by SMMT, RHA and IRTE, has been developed by manufacturers, operators and engineers with an enviable track record as an event that drives business growth, with 98% of visitors holding fleet purchasing authority. From executives, directors and transport managers to procurement professionals and engineers, the attraction for exhibitors is clear, as the annual meeting place for businesses and operators to network, share knowledge and generate customer leads – with last year’s event generating a new business connection at least every seven seconds.

Susan Kitchener, Executive Lead, Commercial Vehicle Show, said: “With hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of operators all eager to invest in the very latest commercial vehicle technology, the CV Show is industry’s place for fine-tuning growth – all under one roof. A huge range of vehicles and products plus an expert seminar programme makes it Britain’s must-see event for those who want both to see the future – and to deliver it.”

Delivering decarbonisation

Futureproofing your business and being aware of the latest products is essential as the sector travels closer to Britain’s ambitious targets for the phase-out of traditionally fuelled vehicles. From 2035, all new vans and all new trucks under 26 tonnes will need to be zero emission – little more than one full cycle of fleet renewal for the average UK operator. Operators that want to stay ahead need to start planning today.

The Show will once again bring the very best, greenest products to the fore, with visitors able to get up and close with exhibitions and speak to the experts of products that can power business – such as electric vans, battery solutions, software designers, hydrogen trucks and infrastructure providers, as well as a huge range of components and logistics services.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “The commercial vehicle sector plays a pivotal role in the UK economy, with manufacturers investing billions to deliver ever greener, safer and more cost-effective vehicles and equipment. With the sector in such a period of complex change, operators’ need for expert insight into the latest technologies and regulation has never been greater.

“In these uncertain times, the CV Show is an unmissable opportunity, providing the most authoritative platform for manufacturers to demonstrate how they can help businesses across Britain navigate the road ahead.”

A platform for knowledge sharing

The zero-emission transition is just one of many challenges facing the sector – and, alongside new product launches and demonstrations of vehicles, infrastructure, components, services and solutions, this year’s Show will host a dedicated seminar programme designed to empower operators with the knowledge they need to meet them. Visitors will get expert advice on four core issues: Decarbonisation, People, Zero Emission Vehicles, and Technology – with talks such as how to introduce zero emission trucks and vans to a fleet, international decarbonisation challenges, the residual value and second life of batteries, and tyres and trailers.

The programme will also cover the crucial issues facing businesses, from the latest technical and compliance updates, to guidance and discussions on upskilling the workforce, recruiting, health and well-being, reflecting that the sector is more than just the vehicle and depots, but the people who keep the country’s economy moving.

This year, therefore, directors and managers will gain actionable learnings from the Show, to reduce their costs, cut their carbon and improve the efficiency and safety of their operations. With engineering also rapidly advancing, fleet managers will better understand the training their teams will require and how to bring in a new generation of talent.

Richard Smith, Managing Director of the Road Haulage Association, said: “The CV Show is a vital fixture in the commercial road vehicle sector promoting the very best innovations to help businesses operate responsibly and efficiently. It’s also an opportunity for people to connect, learn and join in conversations about the future of our industry, especially on the journey to net zero.

“We are proud to be a partner in our industry’s biggest trade exhibition in the UK.”

Safety comes first

Demand for expert advice has never been more sought after in the commercial vehicle sector, as hauliers respond to a rising number of compliance requirements. Importantly, commercial vehicle operators are determined to put safety at the forefront of their operations, according to recent data from the Department for Transport, with vans and trucks now a third less likely to be involved in a collision per billion miles travelled than the average vehicle – while truck collision rates have more than halved over the past decade.

Such progress is in no small part thanks to advancements in vehicle design and assistance technology, and the CV Show 2024 will once again bring world-leading vehicle brands to demonstrate their new truck and van safety equipment, such as cameras, reversing aids, telematics, braking systems and tyre management.

Emma Thompson, Head of Business Operations of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) on behalf of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers, said: “The CV Show plays a pivotal role in the scene of transport initiatives that allow the operators and owners of trucks, and the providers of maintenance, to look ahead to achieving efficiency, reducing emissions and improvement in safety in an arena that reflects the importance of road transport to the nation.

“Large or small, road transport vehicles are an integral part of the economy. The CV Show allows all associated with transport a window to look into the future, and how best to be safe and compliant.”

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