CV Show records ‘one of busiest’ years since UK recession

The organiser of the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show has predicted that official, independently audited figures will prove it was “one of the busiest” editions of the annual event since the UK came out of recession. Stating that the second day in particular (15 April) saw packed halls and long registration queues, Rob Skelton, CV Show Director, said: “There was a buzz about the CV Show this year right from the very start and attendance levels were high.

“We received plenty of good feedback from both exhibitors and visitors alike, and it’s clear from how busy the halls were, and the quality of exhibitor stands, that the Show reflected the buoyancy that has returned to the British economy and to the commercial vehicle market in recent months.”

All of the stand space in Halls 3a, 4 and 5 of the NEC was sold out well in advance of the Show, with over 450 exhibitors in total. These included truck, van and trailer manufacturers, converters, leasing companies, insurance, telematics and training providers, fuel and lubricant suppliers and in-vehicle technology leaders, as well as a strong showing from the tyre industry. New exhibitors for 2015 included BOC, Dacia, Delphi, Don-Bur, Gasrec, Peugeot, Stena Line and Total UK, as well as the return of Pirelli, following a decade’s absence.

The show also saw the biggest ever display of vehicles on the outside display areas, and hosted the finals of the World Crane Championships, sponsored by Hiab.

The show’s organisers also quoted Bridgestone commercial sales director, Greg Ward, in support of its positive report, who said, “The CV Show always represents a huge opportunity for us, which is why we put so much work into making it a success.

“A great deal of hard work has gone into maximising the success of the Show, going back many months. We’ve signed a hugely significant fleet deal during the Show, have reacquainted with some close existing contacts and forged some new ones, too. With all this in mind, we are delighted with our presence at the CV Show and are excited about the future.”

The organiser said that plans are already underway for the show’s return in 2016, when it will be held at the NEC from 26-28 April.

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