CV Show Preview

Birmingham, UK: The CV Show 2017, the UK’s biggest road transport, distribution and logistics event, takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 25-27 April.

The show sees the return of two heavy truck manufactures, Daf and MAN, along with Iveco truck dealer Guest Trucks. This year demand from exhibitors has meant the show’s organisers have expanded the floor space and expect visitor numbers to exceed the 21,000 that attended the 2016 show.

Dedicated zones
These are two dedicated zones within the CV Show expressly  to make it easy for visitors to find sector suppliers. Cool covers refrigerated transport and cold chain equipment. Workshop encompasses the automotive aftermarket and CV maintenance sector.

Cool at the show

Gray & Adams at the CV Show

Gray & Adams celebrates 60 years of trailer building this year but the focus at the CV Show next month is on the future. Centre stage on the company’s stand will be a 44-pallet lifting-deck trailer with aerodynamically efficient panel cappings, low-noise alloy Gripster floor surface, a Carrier Vector 1950 fridge, and BPW running gear and telematics.

Gray & Adams’s a 44-pallet lifting-deck reefer soon to be at the CV Show

This trailer will be finished in an eye-catching livery conveying the impression the skin has been peeled back to reveal food produce in cages on both decks inside.

Gray & Adams built the first fixed twin-deck trailers in 1989 then unveiled the hydraulically operated lifting-deck variant 11 years later. The 44-pallet version made its debut in 2010. The design has been refined since. Gray & Adams estimates there are now more than 3,000 of its lifting-deck trailers in operation.

Also appearing on the company’s stand will be an 11-metre urban trailer, built for a restaurant chain. This trailer will have one longitudinal internal partition creating two lanes, a Tridec command steer system for better manoeuvrability, a 1,500kg Dhollandia column tail-lift, and a Carrier Vector 1950 dual-temperature fridge.

Completing its line-up, Gray & Adams will present an eco-friendly 26-tonne rigid, which is due to commence trials with the Co-op. Based on a diesel-electric Scania hybrid chassis, the truck’s 8.8-metre body will have a curved front and low-noise, Gripster alloy floor. Other features include an underslung Carrier Supra 1150U multi-temperature fridge, a 1,500kg Ratcliff power closure column tail-lift, and a JR Industries electric shutter door.

Peter Gray, joint managing director, Gray & Adams said: “This is a significant year for Gray & Adams so we’re very much looking forward to returning to the CV Show, and meeting up once again with many established and prospective customers.

“We have been in business for 60 years but this company has not stood still for a minute. We never rest in our pursuit of the next advance that will give our customers a competitive advantage, while our commitment to bespoke design and unrivalled build quality ensures that not only are our products perfectly tailored to the job at hand, they can also be relied upon to last the pace.”

Gray & Adams was founded in 1957 by panel beater Jim Gray and motor mechanic Jim Adams, who teamed up to form a car body repair business. In the late 1950s and early ’60s they produced some of the first insulated trailers for the transportation of perishable goods – dry ice was employed to cool the load.

Though still family-owned, Gray & Adams has since grown out of all recognition. Winner of the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) of the Year and Refrigerated Trailer of the Year trophies at the 2016 Temperature-Controlled Storage & Distribution Awards, it is now a £125-million turnover business employing more than 700 people at its base in Scotland’s North-East, other manufacturing facilities in Doncaster, Dunfermline and Newtownabbey, and a commercial vehicle repair facility in Bedford.


Diesel, hybrid and zero-emission, all-electric fridges

Thermo King’s Hybrid Drive allows a trailer, attached to a tractor with a Frigoblock Enviro Drive inverter filter, to run electrically

Thermo King is showing its SLXi single- and multi-temperature trailer fridges and the new Hybrid Drive Trailer concept using Frigoblock inverter technology.

The new Thermo King SXLi range is 10 to 20% more fuel efficient than its predecessor and the industry’s first fully telematics-enabled refrigerated trailer unit, delivering visibility of the unit and load condition with Thermo King’s new TK BlueBox communication device and Bluetooth as standard.

The TK BlueBox collects and stores unit data, which can be accessed through a free app on smart phone or Bluetooth-enabled device. This provides two-way communication that enables real-time unit management and access to critical data. Users can manage defrost, pre-trip, set point and additional operating mode settings remotely, without a contract or subscription.

The new Thermo King SXLi range is 10 to 20% more fuel efficient

The new Hybrid Drive Trailer concept combines technologies from Thermo King and Frigoblock and will become part of the SLXi refrigerated trailer platform. The Hybrid Drive Trailer concept offers additional fuel and operational savings, as well as low emission and noise levels enabling transport companies access to inner city areas and restricted zones.

The Thermo King Hybrid Drive allows a refrigerated trailer, attached to a tractor with a Frigoblock Enviro Drive inverter filter, to run electrically. This enables the trailer refrigeration unit to be powered as a hybrid drive, by either the electric alternator or through its own independent diesel engine.

Standard TK BlueBox telematics system stores the data and provides ability for two-way communication to ensure that the load is protected at all times and the geo-location feature will automatically switch the power between diesel and truck Enviro Drive as required or necessary.

ends 300wds Pix x 2 1) Thermo King SLXi Caption The new Thermo King SXLi range is 10 to 20% more fuel efficient than its predecessor and the industry’s first fully telematics-enabled trailer fridge 2) Thermo King Hybrid Concept Thermo King’s Hybrid Drive allows a trailer, attached to a tractor with a Frigoblock Enviro Drive inverter filter, to run electrically

Banksman carpet of light

Labcraft is launching its BM3 Banksman R23 light which enables OEMs, operators and fleets to meet Regulation 48 directives for manoeuvring lights installed pre-vehicle registration.

Banksman lighting provides a bright carpet of white light around the vehicle

This breakthrough product, which is Regulation 23 compliant, provides a manoeuvring-light applicable to any commercial vehicle where improving safety and reducing costs is important.

“The BM3 Banksman is a world first: an effective light that enables OEMs and fleet owners to meet the Regulation 48 manoeuvring light criteria on commercial vehicles pre-registration, the company says. Installing this light will help to reduce serious injury to people, and damage to vehicles and property”, says David Frew, head of sales and marketing, Labcraft.

The Labcraft Banksman lighting system can be installed at various points around the underside of the chassis and provides a bright carpet of white light around the vehicle. This significantly improves driver visibility enabling them to avoid obstructions in dimly lit areas reducing damage to the vehicle, to property and reducing the risk of serious injury to 3rd parties.


SMI thermal protection

Seymour Manufacturing International is showing its new-look thermal protection perfection’ products. Seymour, which has move to larger premises in Telford, has been saving companies huge sums on energy bills with its award-winning thermal insulation products which are constantly pushing the boundaries.

From supermarkets to airports, chemical plants to defence establishments, SMI’s customer base is a who’s who of household names, including Waitrose, Morrisons, Asda, Greggs, and the Co-op. And it’s all thanks to Tempro, SMI’s remarkable lightweight thermal insulation material which is scientifically proven to cut energy loss by at least 25% in chillers, and 33% in freezers.

SMI will exhibit the Back-Stop family for the food transport industry, described by customer Ruskim Seafoods as ‘light years ahead of any similar products on the market right now’. They will also be demonstrating its pallet and box covers and liners, and Track-Rack systems . . . and telling visitors about Green Door, a new lightweight replacement for the dreaded ‘night door’ at supermarkets.

Marshall Fleet Solutions returns

Marshall Fleet Solutions is exhibiting after many years absence. George Ralph, managing director, Marshall Fleet Solutions said the time was right to return to the show.

“It is an excellent platform for us to highlight the changes to our current product and services portfolio to the commercial vehicle industry. We think that visitors to our stand will be pleasantly surprised by what will be revealed at the NEC in April.”

Marshall Fleet Solutions “has changed significantly in recent times adding new products and services to its portfolio so we felt that we needed to return to the show in 2017 but as a solus exhibitor this time, not just as visitors,” he said.

“Anyone coming onto our brand new stand in Hall 4 will be able to see at first hand the quality and depth of our latest products and services, whilst understanding fully how the Marshall philosophy has developed over the years, allowing us to become the leading independent supplier in our chosen market sectors.”

“The CV Show has undoubtedly become the eyes and ears of the commercial vehicle industry. Excellent networking opportunities are plentiful, visitor numbers have continued to impress, and increase, year-on-year and we feel that the show represents a major opportunity for us to see so many of our customers under one roof over a three day period. This has now become an invaluable event in our calendar and one that enables us to demonstrate our expertise to both current and potentially new customers.”

Transdek double deck trailer

Transdek UK is launching a new XL double deck trailer, built for Boots UK, as well as exhibiting one of its Wedge trailers and the latest vehicle to ground modular, integrated lift-loadhouse.

Transdek designed a 13.6 metre double deck trailer with an overall height of 4.1 metres. The XL is intended for high volume logistics operations to distribution centres or larger stores, where sites and routes are restricted in height.

The XL double deck trailer carries up to 60% more load than a standard 13.6-metre artic. It incorporates a fixed second deck that creates space for up to 38 pallets, 54 Euro pallets or 72 rollcages (with a footprint of 750mm x 830mm). Built on an ultra low chassis, with the base floor just 281mm above ground, each deck has an internal height clearance of 1877mm.

Alongside the new XL trailer will be an ambient Wedge double deck trailer, which offers an impressive 52-pallet capacity for loads up to 1863mm in height. Both trailers feature Transdek’s patented V-Glide double deck rear doors, which optimise internal load space and security.

Montracon debuts three at CV Show

Montracon’s double-deck reefer for 44 pallet loads

Montracon has three vehicles at the show: a rigid bodied curtainsider, a double deck reefer and a more versatile machinery/plant carrier.

A fourth vehicle, a 13.6m curtainsider trailer, adds a further splash of colour, being finished in the company’s 40th anniversary livery.

The curtainsider rigid body is displayed mounted on a 26-tonne Daf chassis and is one of an order for 91 rigid bodies, including boxvans and refrigerated, supplied to commercial vehicle finance provider and leasing specialist Asset Alliance.

The 9m curtainsider body is of all bolted galvanised steel construction and is built to meet EN12642-XL load security standard. Asset Alliance has subsequently placed an order for a further 24 bodies, a mix of refrigerated and curtainsiders.

The twin, lifting deck reefer has been developed to accommodate more pallets than previous Montracon models, with the 44 split 18 on the upper deck, 18 on the lower and 8 over the swan neck.  This trailer is also displayed fitted with the Axscend Trailermaster – in addition to a reversing safety aid, it provides continuous monitoring of the trailer’s performance with a view to optimising utilisation.

A lower profile neck coupled with pop up pneumatic neck ramps has widened the load carrying versatility of Montracon’s MT45 machinery and plant carrier.  As well as all else, it can now readily handle access platforms and agricultural machinery.

CoolKit to launch new box body refrigerated van

“A combination of new materials, forward-looking design methods and leading-edge technologies has enabled CoolKit to create a lightweight box body refrigerated vehicle offering competitive payload capabilities set to beat existing industry suppliers,” the company says.

The new refrigerated vehicles will also come with accessories to create a bespoke conversion matching customer requirements exactly, CoolKit says. “Utilising lightweight materials, it will be possible to offer storage solutions that won’t affect the payload of the vehicle as much, without compromising on the quality, durability and strength offered.”
“This is a great introduction to our product range”, says Rupert Gatty, managing director, CoolKit.

“We are always staying ahead of the competition with our panel van conversions, offering some of the best quality standards and payload capabilities. However, we are now in the advantageous position to not only expand our product range, but introduce a brand-new concept for a refrigerated transport solution. We have listened to the industry growing requirements and have designeded a concept which will offer durability, quality, strength and capabilities way above current industry standards.”

The first completed conversion will be on a  Mercedes Sprinter chassis and on show at the CV Show, taking place on the 25th -27th April at the NEC Birmingham. CoolKit will have a presence in the Cool Zone where the box body will be present together with a dual temperature-controlled Mercedes Sprinter van, showing a slab door side entrance and removable bulkhead in the load space.

Cartwright’s biggest line-up yet

Cartwright’s 11m tandem-axle Streetwise urban delivery concept trailer

Cartwright’s focus this year is on urban transport.

A 13.6 straight frame twi- temp refrigerated trailer, designed to comply with Piek low-noise standards, it has been fitted with a low noise fridge system and includes a tail lift and pneumatic shutter operation.  The trailer has new aluminium alloy extrusions to improve durability, reduce tare weight and aid aerodynamics. Interior extrusions have also been redesigned to improve installation of fridge equipment.

A 13.6 52 pallet double deck wedge trailer featuring Cartwright’s 4-ram direct drive hydraulic full length lifting deck, accommodating 2450mm between deck sides and an innovative deck structure, permitting quick & easy loading of 52 UK pallets through the tall shutter aperture at the rear.

An 11m tandem-axle Streetwise urban delivery concept trailer featuring twin temperature refrigeration, side unloading through doors on both sides and multi-function ramps for pavement or road-level unloading. Rear loading is through the conventional insulated shutter at loading dock height. Using new aluminium alloy extrusions common to the Cartwright refrigerated range of Insulated bodies, Streetwise brings a fresh new look to urban deliveries, the company says.

An Isuzu parcel delivery Van with 6.4m (21’) aerodynamic body profile, matched to a carefully designed cab roof air deflector, and produced in lightweight composite panels saving approx. 50% over conventional body panels.  The carbon footprint of the vehicle has been minimised whilst the payload capacity has been significantly increased. The vehicle is fitted with a tail lift and roller shutter door.

A low-floor urban delivery van complete with side-loading door for pallets, rear hinged doors for ease of access, walk –through from the cab with a crash-tested bulkhead and sliding door arrangement.  Gas-spring assisted shelf units in the load compartment make for ease of stacking and sorting parcels. The high-volume body coupled with the low kerb weight of the vehicle make it ideal for low-emissions urban deliveries and collections.

Mark Cartwright, group managing director, Cartwright, says: “Following the success of our stand at the CV Show last year, we have taken a decision to invest in a larger stand this year, reflecting our expanded product range designed to meet the requirements of our client portfolio across all markets.”

Ekeri Trailers return to CV Show

Ekeri Trailers, the Finnish manufacturer of side-opening trailers and rigid vehicles, is exhibiting again with a new Ekeri ADR EX III trailer for specialist carrier, LSS (Logistical Support Services) of Bristol. Finished in metallic silver, the steel-skinned body comprises fully-opening doors on each side and traditional twin-lock double doors at the rear.

Certified to ADR EX III Standards – which complies with both military and international standards concerning the carriage of High-Consequence Dangerous Goods – the trailer has a 33 Europallet capacity and is fitted with remote central locking and Ekeri’s own clever fastening system.

For added security monitoring and in the event of tampering, Ekeri’s EkeGuard system sends an automatic text alert via GPS to the LSS traffic office from anywhere in the World.

“We ordered our first Ekeri trailer over 7 years ago,” says Phil Stone, managing director LSS. “The multi-access side-opening and robust construction combine to give us fast loading of over-sized cargo and guaranteed load-security – prerequisites for the high-value goods we transport throughout Europe.”

“The quality of these trailers speaks for itself.” Adds Phil Stone. “With this purchase, we operate the largest commercial fleet of EX III Ekeri trailers and for good reasons: They are hard wearing, virtually maintenance-free and without doubt, surpass any other build standard we have seen.”

More show news

Daf the the show

Daf Trucks makes its return to the CV Show as Britian’s  biggest truckk brand with over 30% share of the market last year.  Daf had annual registrations for 2016 of 13,911 – up almost 20% on 2015.

“This is a record-breaking performance,” said Ray Ashworth,managing director, Daf Trucks. Daf’s Euro-6 product range underpins the company’s position as market leader. “From the LF range at 7.5 tonnes right through to the flagship XF Super Space Cab at 44 tonnes (and above), Daf has engineered a line-up with real driver appeal and a genuine ‘prestige’ presence on the road,” the company says.

“For today’s operators,” said Ashworth, “we offer a serious transport solution – trucks of the highest quality, brimming with driver appeal and built to the highest quality standards. 2017’s Daf truck is a highly-prized asset for both the transport office and the driver.”


Michelin’s X Multi regional tyre range makes an international debut at CV Show. Michelin is to commence replacement of its most popular heavy truck tyre range at this year’s CV Show, with the international debut of the all-new X Multi tyre line-up. Official testing has shown the next-generation fitments deliver 15-20 per cent more mileage than the current Michelin X MultiWay 3D series, at no extra cost.

Designed to blend the lowest cost per kilometre with outstanding grip in all weather conditions – from the first millimetre of tread to the last – the new tyres will initially be available from April in 315/70 R 22.5 all-position and drive fitments, alongside 385/55 R 22.5 steer and trailer tyres. Additional sizes will follow later this year.

Chris Smith, marketing director north Europe – truck and bus, says: “The new X Multi regional tyres will offer greatly improved longevity, and underline Michelin’s commitment to ensuring the lowest total cost of ownership for our customers, since they don’t cost a penny more.

“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 the launch. The double-digit improvement in tyre life is a direct result of Michelin’s significant annual investment of more than £600m in research and development,” adds Smith.

The Tyre Equipment Company

The Tyre Equipment Company returns to the NEC with commercial tyre changing tools and equipment from Ken-Tool, as well as other products from the TEC range.

The range includes products such as the Deluxe Blue Cobra Tubeless Truck Tyre Service Set, which includes the Blue Cobra demount tool, a tubeless tyre iron, a double-end tyre spoon, a bead breaking wedge (with safety handle), a heavy-duty tyre hammer with a replaceable rubber head, a bucket of euro paste lube, a euro-style lube applicator brush, an aluminium C-Lok bead holder and a leather rim protector.

Continental Tyres

Continental Tyres is promoting its ContiPressureCheck, tyre pressure monitoring system as a standalone system or with telematics. The ContiYardReader system will allow fleet managers to monitor tyre pressures automatically for all vehicles in the yard to prevent tyre breakdowns.

Continental’s tyre pressure monitoring system reduces fuel costs, lowers environmental impact and raises safety levels as well as helping to lower the likelihood of tyre blowouts.

It will also highlight how it is further developing its operator services, including the growth of the highly developed Conti360º Fleet Services network as part of Continental’s ongoing commitment to providing exclusive all-round service to fleets. Services include the ContiFitmentService; ContiFleetCheck; ContiBreakdownService; ContiCasingManagement and ContiFleetReporting.

Inside the CV Show

With over 400 exhibitors signed up for the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show, the halls are full to the brim at the UK’s premier road transport and logistics event, to be held at the NEC Birmingham from 25-27 April 2017 resulting in additional 5000 square metres of space being made available in Hall 3 to meet …

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