From April 14th-16th the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre played host to The Commercial Vehicle Show 2015.
The largest and most comprehensive road-freight transport event in the UK, The Commercial Vehicle Show, parked itself in Birmingham’s NEC this April. Visitors from all over the country travelled to either be a part of the show or explore what exciting things are happening in the industry.
With nearly 200 businesses exhibiting, the show’s participants this year ranged from all the big hitters such as Mercedes Benz, Peugeot and Bridgestone, and new businesses like the exciting wearable & portable technology startup, Nemesis.
25.3% Growth in 2015
This years show came after a very strong commercial sales performance in March, Britain saw a 25.3% growth in commercial vehicles, which put the 18,000 strong attendance at the event in good spirits. The amazing growth in sales this year was reflected in the exhibitions as there were more tankers and trailers on display than there have been since the recession in 2008.
Larger vehicles and trucks seemed to be a large focus of this year’s show, which reflected the current market, as 2.5 and 3.5 tonne vans, and 3-axle trucks have seen sharp increases in registrations this year. It appears that fleet owners are trying to make their businesses more efficient and flexible.
The technology on show this year is staggering, TomTom, Blue Tree Systems and Telematics were showing off some outstanding new products. One of the most exciting bits of tech and engineering on show was the Stertil Koni Diamond Lift, an eco friendly commercial vehicle lift that raises two or three very minimalistic columns from inside the ground. The product can make a school bus look like it’s floating in mid air, obviously it’s not meant for magic tricks, but HGV mechanics will certainly find it a small miracle if installed in their garage.
The Commercial Vehicle Show is one of the best places to meet other fleet managers and businesses, and 2015 also saw the launch of the CV show’s Youtube channel, bringing fleet owners and businesses together all year round. Can’t wait until next year!