CV Show reports

Birmingham, UK: The CV Show 2017, the UK’s biggest road transport, distribution and logistics event, is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham.

Here are the highlights as they happen….

Terberg launches new refirgerated rigid for urban deliveries

Terberg, with its newly acquired company Dennis Eagle, joined forces with Gray & Adams, to launch Terberg’s first refrigerated truck. The Urban Safety Logistics truck was unveiled at the CV Show this week.

The truck is based on the Dennis Eagle 4×2 Elite 11.8m rigid chassis with Dennis low entry cab and powered by a Volvo 280hp Euro VI engine and Allison 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Terberg’s first refrigerated truck unveiled at the CV Show

The direct vision capability through full-length glass panels increases visibility and awareness and safety for cyclists. The walk-through cab enhances driver safety as the driver does not have to exit the vehicle into oncoming traffic.

The truck has Carrier’s low noise, low emission TRS Twin Cool undermount fridge with Gray & Adams dual-compartment body with an internal moveable bulkead.  With a curved roof and internal body length of 7750mm, the body has a volume of 45 cubic metres.

“The Urban Safety Vehicle from Terberg is specified with a host of operational features that are designed to enhance the safety and performance of the driver as well as being ideally suited to the complex requirements of today’s urban distribution deliveries,” the company says.

The vehicle features the Mobileye Shield+ collision avoidance system for preventing collisions between vehicles and vulnerable road users including pedestrians and cyclists. Also featured on the vehicle are lane change and distance control systems.

The newly designed Vue CCTV system is also fitted to the truck, allowing the vehicle’s journey to be recorded at a central command centre and again highlighting areas of potential danger for cyclists and pedestrians.

Full side length scene lighting is fitted to the vehicle so that when the vehicle is static, the nearside is illuminated during the vehicle unloading procedure.

The Dhollandia 500kg side loading lift is incorporated into the nearside of the body to reduce congestion and enhance safety and speed for kerbside loading and unloading, whilst retaining a standard Dhollandia rear tail lift solution for loading docks.

New van body from CoolKit

CoolKit has launched a new refrigerated box body fitted. Show at the CV Show fitted to a Mercedes Sprinter chassis, the new body has a lot of firsts, CoolKit says, including new ‘fit and forget’ LED cluster lights, resulting in less maintenance on the vehicles.

Rupert Gatty, managing director, CoolKit, said the company “has a reputation for innovation and we always aim to stay ahead of the competition.”

“CoolKit’s refrigerated box body offers an enviable payload capability compared to its closest competitors – offering a payload of 1191kg.”

“We have designed an insulated box body that will offer durability, quality, strength, flexibility and capabilities way above current industry standards.”

The design comes as standard, with gloss interior, aluminium sections, stainless steel rear frames and door furniture, high impact GRP interior surface.

CoolKit’s box body showcased at the CV Show also features rear door central locking – another first for UK box body vehicles. The mechanism has a two-stage lock for safety with no visible exterior fixings. With no fixings visible on the roof or base of the box body, the design has a sleeker look and feel.

With anti-slip GRP flooring, door aperture to allow a fully loaded pallet at 1340mm width, 360 degree camera system, under chassis refrigeration unit and light-weight rear step fitted to the full width of the door opening, this box body solution has pushed boundaries of design, innovation, materials and technologies, creating a refrigerated vehicle never seen before in the UK market.

Michelin launches new tyre range

Michelin used the CV Show to show it’s replacement for its most popular heavy truck tyre range in the UK and Ireland. The new tyres are available with immediate effect in four key fitments: 315/70 R 22.5 multi-position and drive tyres and 385/55 R 22.5 steer and trailer tyres. The X Multi range will be expanded with the launch of 295/60 R 22.5 and 315/60 R 22.5 X Multi D in September 2017 and then the 315/70 R 22.5 X Multi D Remix early in 2018.

Test show the next-generation fitments deliver 15 to 20% more mileage than the current Michelin X MultiWay 3D series, at no extra cost. Tyre management will also be simplified thanks to an RFID chip integrated into each new Michelin X Multi tyre. As ‘connected tyres’ this new range will offer access to several digital services, enabling individual tyre identification, improved fleet and stock management, and improved traceability of operations.

Innovation is at the heart of Michelin’s product development and this new range incorporates the latest technologies including Regenion, InfiniCoil, Powercoil and Carbion, which all help deliver extra value and performance for fleets. Tyre management will also be simplified thanks to an RFID chip integrated into each new Michelin X Multi tyre. As ‘connected tyres’ this new range will offer access to several digital services, enabling individual tyre identification, improved fleet and stock management, and improved traceability of operations.

Chris Smith, marketing director, North Europe – Truck & Bus, says: “The new X Multi range offers outstanding grip and greatly improved longevity, taking tyre performance to a completely new level.

“It also underlines Michelin’s commitment to ensuring the lowest total cost of ownership for our customers, since the new tyres don’t cost a penny more than the ones they replace.

“Regional tread pattern tyres currently account for more than two-thirds of our total sales in the UK commercial vehicle tyre market, and we’re predicting considerable interest in this CV Show launch. The double-digit improvement in tyre life is a direct result of Michelin’s significant annual investment of more than €700m in research and development.”

315/70 R 22.5 Michelin X Multi Z (multi-position)
The new X Multi Z is designed to cut operating costs on regional and national haulage operations and offers a potential mileage increase of up to 15 per cent compared with its predecessor, the X MultiWay 3D XZE.

Designed for all road types encountered in regional and national haulage operations, it features a new generation of tread rubber that allows a reduction in original tread depth without negatively affecting mileage performance. This new Regenion technology, made possible by innovative 3D metal printing, enables the moulding of self-regenerating tread blocks which include hidden grooves that appear as the tread wears. These hidden grooves ensure that grip, traction and safety are at an optimum level across a wide range of weather conditions throughout the life of the tyre – from the first mile to the last.

Regenion also improves the life of the tyre as the tread pattern is more closed and rigid, which has the effect of optimising the tread’s contact patch with the road surface and slowing the wear rate even further, increasing the mileage potential.

The X Multi Z offers impressive grip throughout its life and in all conditions. This is highlighted by the 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snowflake) sidewall markings, which demonstrate the performance and safety in winter weather.

The tyre also incorporates InfiniCoil technology, which comprises a continuous steel wire – up to 400 metres in length – wrapped continuously around the tyre to provide greater stability throughout its lifetime. InfiniCoil also increases the robustness and durability of this latest generation tyre range.

315/70 R 22.5 Michelin X Multi D (drive)
Offering up to a 20 per cent increase in mileage potential compared with the corresponding X MultiWay 3D XDE, this new tyre benefits from the same Regenion tread technology to reveal hidden grooves that appear as the tread wears.

Small tubular ‘Tower Pump’ sipes are also included in the tread blocks to help evacuate water using a pumping action, improving grip in wet conditions.

Other unique features include Powercoil technology in the casing construction: this new generation of lighter, yet more robust steel cables means that the tyre is lighter but with no loss of strength or endurance.

Reinforcing the tyre’s green credentials is the low noise level this tyre emits during use – with an EU tyre labelling rating of just (1 bar 73 db). This is achieved thanks to compact and rigid tread blocks, combined with a moulded anti-noise barrier, which reduce the main source of tread noise.
385/55 R 22.5 Michelin X Multi T2 (trailer)
The new X Multi T2 tyre stands out for offering up to 20 per cent additional mileage versus the same size of X Multi T, which it replaces. Key to improving longevity is a tread area which is 6mm wider, having the effect of optimising the contact patch with the road surface and slowing the wear rate.

The tread pattern incorporates both new Regenion and Carbion technologies, with the latter the result of an innovative mixing process in which certain tread components are mixed when in a liquid state, resulting in a more uniform material. This material increases the mileage performance of the tyre and improves its rolling resistance to allow greater fuel savings.
385/55 R 22.5 Michelin X Multi F (steer)
Completing the new line-up at launch, this tyre features a similar tread rubber to the new X Multi Z, allowing a reduction in original tread depth without negatively affecting mileage performance. This reduced tread depth means there is less movement in the tread, which in turn reduces heat build-up and therefore wear.

Like the X Multi T2, it benefits from a tread area which is 6mm wider than its predecessor, the XFA Energy AS. This has the effect of optimising the tread’s contact patch with the road surface and slowing the wear rate even further.

A new rubber compound and the inclusion of Delta sipes in the tread pattern ensure the X Multi F delivers maximum safety in a variety of difficult weather conditions. The Delta sipes improve braking and cornering grip in winter conditions and on slippery road surfaces. In addition, the sipes are aligned with the direction of rotation to establish an even wear pattern in the early life of the tyre, which helps to further improve tyre life.

The X Multi F is graded B for rolling resistance under the EU tyre labelling scheme, allowing operators to be confident that they are using one of the most fuel efficient tyres in its class.

The new Daf CF and XF

Daf used the show to launch the new generation CF and XF trucks. Engine innovations, new drivelines and aerodynamics give the trucks up to 7% lower fuel consumption, Daf says.

The new generation CF and XF also feature lower weight for increased payload and an updated interior and exterior design.

“Building on the excellent reputation for fuel efficiency, reliability and driver comfort the current Euro 6 product range has earned in Europe, Daf has developed a new generation of CF and XF trucks offering the best possible solutions for both the customer and the driver”, said Preston Feight, president, Daf Trucks.

Tiger Trailers to build the UK’s most advanced tariler and body factory

Tiger Trailers announced a £22m investment on a new factory on the opening day of the CV Show in Birmingham.

The company will break ground on the new site in early 2018 andplans to move production into the new building later in the year.

John Cartwright, joint managing director, Tiger Trailers, says: “The current factory, although one of the most modern in Europe, was adapted to suit our requirements. The ability to design and build a new factory from the ground up will be hugely advantageous for us, providing a platform for growth and the next phase of the Tiger Trailers story.”

John and Steven Cartwright founded Tiger Trailers in April 2014 with a factory in Winsford, Cheshire.