If anything in life is guaranteed, aside from death and taxes, it’s that the number of commercial vehicles on Britain’s roads is increasing annually. That and the fact that the Olympic swimming pool is a recognised standard of measurement - according to SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) figures the combined payload volume of all vans in the UK last year was the equivalent of 10,500 of them.
With the number of commercial vehicle registrations rising year on year the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show to be held at the NEC this month is an ideal way to stay up to date.
The CV Show is the largest and most comprehensive transport, distribution and logistics event in the UK. It offers a perfect opportunity to learn how the industry is developing and to see new and innovative products and services that could help grow your business. More than 430 Exhibitors are expecting to welcome around 21,000 visitors over the course of the three-day event.
New features this year include an Innovation Hub with 45 minute sessions featuring various expert speakers discussing future thinking in fuel technology and whether diesel is yesterday’s fuel; the big issues facing autonomous technology and the benefits they could bring; and how data management and collaboration can help UK business streamline Logistics planning. The talks will be followed up with facilitated debates allowing audience members to explore future developments and generate feedback. There’s no need to register for the Innovation Hubs either; just turn up, grab a seat and have your say.
There will also be interactive Twitter Lounges where visitors and exhibitors can tweet their experiences and live news from the show. Meanwhile, Twitter walls will broadcast tweets live on giant screens allowing both visitors and exhibitors to get their messages across to the entire show.
Exhibitors cover a wide range of manufacturers and service providers spanning the entire range of vehicles, accessories, and technology designed to aid business. As well as truck, van and trailer manufacturers the show also includes everything from loading equipment, insurance, tyres, training providers, and telematics. The list is expansive and includes many innovative and respected names in the commercial vehicle world.
Regardless of the industry, if you use a commercial vehicle for any reason there is likely to be something here that can make a real difference to your operation. Even if you only run a single vehicle in the course of your business you’re almost guaranteed to find something that could help you improve it. If you’re lucky enough to be in the that line of work you can even find stands showing Tiger Trailers and Whale Tankers, although we suspect they may not mean it literally.
The 2017 Commercial Vehicle show is on at the Birmingham NEC from 25th - 27th April. Tickets are free and available now via the organiser’s website.
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