The CV Show uncovered

Birmingham, UK: The Commercial Vehicle Show, Britain’s largest road freight transport, distribution and logistics event takes place on 30 April to 2 May at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

For those moving goods to be kept at a constantly controlled temperature the Cool zone forms an integral part of the show and is a must visit. Here you will find a huge range of refrigerated vehicles and bodywork, side by side with the latest fridge units, monitoring equipment and other products specific to cold chain operations. Specialist temperature-controlled exhibitors include:

Carrier Transicold, Cartwright, Coolertech, Chereau, BPW, Gray & Adams, CoolKit, SMI, Thermo King, Frigoblock, Paneltex, Solomon Commercials, and more…

Here we preview highlights of what’s expected at the show in the Cool Pavilion and in the other halls. A visit to the CV Show will keep you fully briefed on the latest product and service innovations, fulfil all your sourcing needs and help improve business efficiency, profitability and compliance. And entry is free. Register for a ticket at

Technology from Thermo King and Frigoblock

Thermo King and Frigoblock will show their latest products that meet the environmental sustainability objectives of customers and legislators determined to control exhaust emissions and limit noise in densely populated areas. Pauli Johannesen, vice president and general manager for Truck, Trailer and Bus at Thermo King in Europe, Middle East and Africa, says: “We will also introduce the newest additions to our zero-emission, all electric and hybrid systems, including new, prototype technology, which we will showcase together with our customers from the retail and food service sectors.”

On show will be new, intelligent E-200 all-electric units for vans and trucks below 3.5 tonnes with performance independent from the vehicle and plug-and-play installation. A new controller allows the refrigeration unit to adapt the capacity based on the need and available power. Hybrid solutions combine Thermo King diesel fridges with Frigoblock alternator and inverter-drive technology to provide constant electric power and operation in electric mode.

The CV Show will see the global premiere of the UT–Series Hybrid prototype developed for under-mount applications on trucks, drawbar trailers and highloaders. Also new is Prisma S-4.2 Remote Evaporator for Thermo King SLXi multi-temperature trailer refrigeration units to maximise the volume available for the payload and facilitate access during loading/unloading operations. The new compact monobloc evaporator can replace two evaporators without compromising refrigeration performance thanks to a lower profile and improved zone flexibility.

Cartwright on show

Cartwright Group is promoting innovation at this year’s show with five products conveying Cartwright’s engineering excellence as well as its ability to offer customers a bespoke solution. This year, the company will unveil a step frame double-deck refrigerated trailer in Cartwright livery.

The new fridge trailer, with a sub 14.5 tonnne tare weight, has an overall height of 4.65m with two decks of 1.83m.  This double-deck fridge can save up to 4% in fuel compared to 4.8m standard double-decks in the UK, but does not compromise on overall insulation, K-value and payload.

Cartwright’s aerodynamic technology on this fridge trailer can also be applied to straight-frame trailers to reduce fuel consumption.

Cartwright is displaying yet another bespoke Urban fridge trailer supporting this year’s theme of Innovation on the stand. With the benefit of a rebated LoadLok’, it prevents damage to packaging. With a 50/50 split bulkhead running from front to rear, it offers a dual compartment for either chilled, frozen or ambient storage. It has the advantage of being more manoeuvrable, is equipped with a tail lift and has a floor top surface which is repeatedly renewable for heavy usage.

Mark Cartwright, group managing director, Cartwright Group said: “This year’s CV Show will be another showcase of what our design and engineering teams can achieve with our outstanding manufacturing capabilities. We will present a wide range of innovative products highlighting our focus on technology and new processes that the Cartwright brand has built its reputation on for more than six decades.

“Our product range has continually evolved to meet the requirements of our customers across an increasingly wide range of markets not only in the UK, but on a global scale, confirming our company slogan ‘Better. Built in Britain’,” he said.

Carrier Vector HE 19 debuts at the show

Carrier Transicold will show its flagship next-generation temperature-controlled trailer system – the Vector HE 19 (High Efficiency) – for the first time in the UK at the CV Show 2019. Its new, ultra-modern design delivers a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 30%, delivers a 10% saving in weight, reduces noise by 3 dB(A) and offers up to 15% saving on maintenance costs.

“This is a huge step forward for trailer refrigeration and the most important refrigeration unit to be launched by Carrier Transicold in the UK for a decade,” said Scott Dargan, managing director, Northern Europe, Carrier Transicold.

“The new Vector HE 19 will deliver significant performance advantages for our customers in every area. We’ve combined existing, cutting-edge technology with a host of new features to help operators make a step-change improvement in fleet efficiency and sustainability.”

Carrier’s new Vector HE 19 will deliver significant performance advantages for customers

The new Vector HE 19 system uses Carrier Transicold’s patented all-electric E-Drive technology. This is combined with a new multi-speed engine design that delivers 0.95 a litre per hour in fuel savings, when compared to the existing Vector 1950 unit – as independently verified against the European Committee for Standardization and the Association Technic Energy Environment partial load fuel burn standards. At the same time, the oil drain interval for the unit’s engine is doubled when compared to its predecessor.

The Vector HE 19’s use of an hermetic scroll compressor and economiser helps to deliver a 40% increase in refrigeration capacity during pull-down, while reducing the chance of refrigerant escape by 50%. The system is also 19% more efficient when plugged into the electrical grid on standby, meaning operators will see reduced diesel, maintenance and electricity bills.

The new unit features a heavily redesigned evaporator airflow management system, which harnesses the Coanda effect, essentially ‘sticking’ cool air to the roof inside the trailer. This creates much more efficient airflow, helping to ensure the integrity of the cold chain. When combined with Carrier Transicold’s new advanced APX operator control system using CAN BUS and electronic remote expansion valves, the Vector HE 19 unit returns levels of refrigeration efficiency not seen before in a trailer system. It is also 3 dB(A) quieter than a standard Vector 1950 unit, making it around 50% quieter in operation.

Elsewhere on the stand, Carrier will display its engineless refrigeration units for rigid trucks, the undermount Iceland and over-cab Syberia systems. Both use Carrier Eco-Drive power module to convert power derived from the vehicle’s engine into electricity to drive the unit, delivering refrigeration capacity, even at standard idle speed.

CoolKit on a Crafter

CoolKit will show its latest Volkswagen Crafter refrigerated vehicle at this year’s show. The Trendline model has been fitted with a dual-temperature conversion for frozen and chilled goods.

The van has a moveable bulkhead that gives flexibility for the size of each compartment – and the ability to use the full space as either freezer or chiller, depending on the cargo.The medium wheelbase van has high-impact reinforced panels – a more durable and lightweight alternative to traditional conversion methods – offering an improved payload.

CoolKit will show its latest Volkswagen Crafter refrigerated vehicle at this year’s CV Show

Loredana Emmerson, marketing manager, CoolKit, said: “At a time when vehicles are getting heavier, we are able to combat this with weight saving concepts which can offer improvements on payload by up to 150kg depending on the make, model and specification. This is achieved by our innovative approach to the materials used within the conversions, together with rigorous testing and feedback from clients.” The van has the CurtAir system to side and rear entrance, creating an effective and invisible climate separation set to keep the cold, or in some cases heat, inside and the ambient humid air outside during door openings.

Labcraft shines at the show

Labcraft is presenting three lighting solutions that set a higher standard in safety and illumination for truck, trailer, van and emergency vehicle lighting: the Banksman BM3; Vanlite; and Si9 Scenelite. Labcraft’s Banksman BM3 lighting is mounted at various points on the underside of the chassis to give bright, white light around the vehicle to areas where conventional reversing lights cannot reach.  It is suitable for any vehicle required to work in areas of darkness or poor light and simple to install including retrofitting.

“Operators of temperature-controlled vehicles, rigids, curtainsiders, box vans and construction vehicles have installed Labcraft’s Banksman solutions to reduce injury and damage while reducing downtime and keeping staff and the public safe.  The benefits and success of the Banksman has led to collaboration with industry bodies and leading vehicle manufacturers focused on improving safety and reducing costs,” the company says.

The Vanlite range is a high performance, direct replacement workspace light for vans

The Vanlite range is a high performance, direct replacement workspace light for vans. It is compatible with all leading van types and up to seven times brighter than the OEM-supplied light. New for the CV Show, the Si9 Scenelite is the first scene light product in the Labcraft range to offer a continuous light source to illuminate the work area for a wide variety of commercial and emergency vehicles, including construction and agriculture, promoting safety within the vehicle industry.

Cooler vans by Coolertech

Coolertech, which designs and manufactures high quality insulated vehicles for the temperature-controlled industry, will display several refrigerated vehicles from its range. Coolertech’s insulated products range from car-derived vans at the smaller end of the spectrum, to 26 tonne box-bodied vehicles and it will display several of each type.

Coolertech can offer either single compartment refrigerated vehicles, designed to accommodate solely chilled or frozen foods, or a range of dual and multi-temperature vehicles which suit carrying a mixture of the two, as well as ambient goods. In addition, a choice of vehicle make and model and refrigeration unit is available. Coolertech is able to cater for low and high volume orders – all with fast turnaround times.

A Coolertech conversion of a Mercedes Citan van

The vehicle exhibits were designed and manufactured at Coolertech’s UK factories. Each vehicle comes with a Type Approval Certificate of Conformity (CofC). In addition, they come with a ten-year construction warranty – something the company offers as standard on all its new insulated products. The insulated panels used across Coolertech’s entire range are made in-house at the company’s panel plant. Coolertech also provides an on-site bodywork repair service and spare parts supply service.

Integrated technologies from Mandata

Mandata is showing its improved app that links the traffic office to drivers, simplifying how instructions are sent and proof-of-delivery received, along with live job status updates. It gives operators better visibility and control of their operations, saving them time by digitising the proof of delivery and invoicing process.

A new Manifest App+ will also be displayed, featuring live driver messaging and turn-by-turn Sat Nav, generating real-time ETA updates in Mandata TMS solutions. Keeping track of driver availability and expenses is a big issue for hauliers.

Mandata’s new HR App will make life simpler for operators and their drivers, who can update shift hours, make holiday requests and report sickness and absence, and upload expenses and receipts with the new app.

Mandata will feature new integrated cloud and mobile transport management technologies for transport and haulage operators at the CV Show

Tracy Welford, head of marketing, Mandata, said the CV Show provides an ideal platform to showcase its ‘truly’ integrated solutions. “We will be building on last year’s event, highlighting again the operational and cost-saving advantages systems such as our cloud TMS and app technologies deliver to operators. We’re ahead of the field when it comes to simplifying processes,” she said.

Recorders and sensors from Orbcomm

Orbcomm will show its HACCP-compliant temperature recorders and new all-in-one integrated cargo sensor and tracking device at the show. It will also have new integrated fleet monitoring and telematics solutions for transport and logistics that connect businesses to their assets to deliver increased visibility and operational efficiency.

“We provide the industry’s most complete and integrated fleet monitoring solutions for transportation and logistics that enable real-time visibility and control of transport assets as they move across the supply chain. “Our fleet management monitoring and telematics solutions for trucks, coaches and buses, refrigerated and dry trailers and intermodal containers deliver improvements in profitability, safety and compliance”. Blue Tree Systems and Euroscan are now part of Orbcomm.

CV Show 2019
Date: 30 April – 2 May
Venue: NEC Birmingham, UK


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