In the run-up to the hotly anticipated Commercial Vehicle Show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 14-16 April, the show organisers has launched a weekly newsletter.
Available free of charge, the newsletter is distributed to a wide network of commercial vehicle media and Show attendees.
New CV Show YouTube Channel
The CV Show has just launched its own official YouTube channel promoting the event and its exhibitors’ activities.
Subscribe to the new channel by visiting https://www.youtube.com/TheCVShowTV. The Show will publish its own videos as well as sharing those from exhibitors.
Tyre brand Pirelli is set to return to the largest and most comprehensive road transport, distribution and logistics event staged in Britain, after more than a decade, with a celebration of its flagship truck tyres.
Pirelli’s entire 01 Series product range will be on display, giving visitors a chance to see the latest developments within the 01 Series and Pirelli’s enhancement of integrated services for more efficient mobility.
In addition there will be the opportunity to view Novateck TR:01 and ST:01 tyres. These form part of the integrated services that Pirelli offers to support haulage operators. Over the past few years, Pirelli has introduced the Novateck Tyre Retreading System through a network of certified retreaders, guaranteeing first-life quality even of subsequent retreads.
Pirelli will also demonstrate its acclaimed web-based Fleet Management System at the Show, which brings centralised invoicing, job authorisation and cost control under one roof.
Visitors to The CV Show will also see Pirelli’s Cyber Fleet, which enables automatic monitoring of tyre pressures and temperatures. Cyber Fleet increases efficiency by delivering lower running costs and fewer CO2emissions, as well as improving safety.
SPAL Automotive takes a stand on fans
World-leading cooling fan manufacturer SPAL is at the CV Show 2015 to present its range of superior fans for refrigeration applications and to raise awareness of a concerning industry issue. Cheaper overseas imports are being fitted as replacement parts but are under performing or failing – sometimes with catastrophic and very expensive results.
These substitute fans – some even passed off as SPAL parts – are a problem for SPAL’s reputation as a quality manufacturer and can pose a serious risk to CV service and maintenance providers installing non-genuine parts.
Performance tests conducted by the refrigeration unit manufacturers have revealed that these cheaper fans imported into the UK deliver much reduced performance so the motors have to work harder, reducing an already shortened life even further, compared to that of the OEM SPAL fan, which is between 5,000 to 10,000 hours, depending upon the requirement.
Matthew Morris MD at SPAL sums up, “Traditionally SPAL is an OEM supplier but we decided to put our head above the parapet on this issue by entering the spares market to protect against these rogue fans.”
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Following the success of DAF Telematics, launched in 2014, operators have been able to track the fuel savings that the latest Euro-6 compliant DAF range of vehicles is delivering.
The DAF Telematics system is now supplied as standard with all new DAF vehicles ordered with a DAF MultiSupport Repair and Maintenance contract. Operators who choose not to take a Repair and Maintenance contract can order the system as an optional extra.
Operators with the system receive a weekly fuel and utilisation report as part of the MultiSupport contract to enable them to track fuel efficiency.
They can also access a comprehensive view of fleet operations, delivered through a web-based online portal giving trend analysis reporting, focused on a single driver or the entire fleet, as well as a unique safety view and real-time visibility of fleet assets. DAF Telematics also caters for tachograph information, with the Microlise Remote Digital Tachograph Download module available to DAF Telematics customers.
Because the DAF Telematics system has been developed in partnership with Microlise, customers can also very easily take the step into full logistics management systems, including Journey Management and Proof of Delivery, to suit their specific business needs.
Michelin is planning its largest ever display of 17.5” and 19.5” tyres at this year’s CV Show, following the roll-out of additional sizes in its all-new X Multi range.
Six of the new tyres will feature on Michelin’s stand, including three multi-position and three drive patterns – each safer, more fuel-efficient, quieter and longer-lasting than the 10-year-old XDE2s they replace.
The new tyres offer total performance year-round on all types of road, thanks to their 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snow Flake) certification, awarded following tests in defined snowy conditions.
Full-depth sides ensure excellent handling from the first to the last kilometre, while new tyre architecture delivers an average 5dB reduction in noise across the range. This makes the new X Multi fitments around 50%quieter than the previous generation.
With the implementation of Euro-6 in 2014, Air1 will be promoting the importance of quality AdBlue and contamination issues at this year’s Show.
With many more vehicles adopting SCR technology, it is imperative that truck and van owners have confidence in the source of their AdBlue and that full traceability is assured.
Visitors to the Show this year will have the chance to see a commercial vehicle’s catalyst on display on the Air1 stand in Hall 4.
The catalyst has been sectioned so visitors can see exactly how fine and delicate a catalyst really is and why it is imperative that quality AdBlue is used.
Since the implementation of Euro-6 for cars and vans, many LCVs now also require AdBlue to meet emissions legislation. So, as well as promoting the importance of quality AdBlue at the show, Air1 will display a van on their stand to represent this sector.
In conjunction with supporting any LCV AdBlue queries, the van on the Air1 stand will also serve to promote how Air1’s in-house engineering and bespoke design service can help fleets.
Vehicle Weighing Solutions
Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS) returns to The CV Show with a raft of new and improved products, including a solar powered version of its popular drive-on portable wheel weigh pad – the Apollo PT300.
With a capacity of 2,500kg to 12,000kg per pad and an accuracy of +/- 1% the Apollo PT300 provides a simple, cable or cable-free, way to check vehicle weights.
Manufactured from 100% high resistance avionics grade aluminium alloy, it withstands all weather conditions and is easily carried by one person. Solar power charges the internal battery and enables the system to be used for longer periods.
VWS will showcase its full range of axle weighers, including the Apollo Portable Weigh-in-Motion axle weigh bridge, which can weigh up to 30,000 kg per axle with up to 16 axles. The Apollo Fixed Axle Weighbridge offers a low-cost, high-spec axle and gross vehicle weigher that can be used either as a static axle weighbridge or for dynamic ‘in-motion’ low-speed weighing.
All the systems can be linked to IT systems and database facilities so that vehicle registrations can be stored against vehicle types to ensure vehicles are compliant with legal requirements.
Julian Glasspole, Managing Director, VWS said, “The CV Show was a huge success for us last year and our Apollo range went down a storm. We are really excited about presenting our latest innovations at this year’s expo.”
VWS will also demonstrate its market-leading vehicle on-board weighing products and sister company Applied Traffic will be on hand to speak to about its range of standard and bespoke traffic monitoring solutions.
Kwik Fit will seek to win new light commercial vehicle fleet business opportunities at the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show, as it continues to increase its penetration of the vehicle servicing and MoT market.
The UK’s largest automotive repair company will share its stand with sister Itochu Corporation-owned Central Tyre, which has been supplying the commercial and agriculture industries for more than 50 years.
Kwik Fit will show its one-stop range of services to the light commercial vehicle sector. Van fleets are increasingly turning to Kwik Fit for mechanical work as well as traditional fast-fit services, on which the company’s dominant share in the fleet sector is based.
In recent years Kwik Fit has invested significantly to cater for LCV operators and has seen expansion of its range of premium, mid- and budget-priced LCV tyres, along with the introduction of new specialist equipment in its 600-plus UK centres, most of which can accommodate light commercial vehicles, including the growing number of high-roof, long wheelbase models, as well as car-derived vehicles.
Kwik Fit can also undertake MoTs on Class 7 vans at an increasing number of centres and has delivered additional training to staff.
Central Tyre has 34 commercial and agricultural centres across the UK, as well as a 130-strong mobile fleet that can fit even the largest tractor tyres on site.
Kwik Fit Fleet Director Peter Lambert said, “Kwik Fit and Central Tyre together can look after the entire requirements of all commercial vehicle fleets and, by joining forces at the CV Show, the shop window for commercial vehicle operators, we can exhibit our comprehensive range of services.”
Trace Systems will show something new for this year’s CV Show. Along with demos of its complete fleet, garage and commercial vehicle workshop management software, the company will showcase its latest electronic driver walk-around check solution that can be accessed through Android devices, as well as a tablet, and its full electronic inspection system.
The real benefit to operators is that all of the data resides in their own systems and is fully integrated with defect reporting and workshop job cards, meaning any defects or faults found will have a full audit trail within the operator’s own system.
If they’re a commercial vehicle garage, it means they can e-mail the complete inspection sheets to customers, along with the relevant, instantly available invoice.
In its second appearance at the CV Show, L&L Products will launch a range of new and innovative products for the assembly and repair of commercial vehicles. These include the A-K series of ambient curing structural adhesives and the A-J series of ambient curing elastic sealants.
L&L Products A-K series, two component, ambient curing adhesives have been developed for a wide range of structural bonding applications.
They offer high tensile strength, high elongation, low shrinkage and excellent adhesion without primers to composites, thermoplastics (including polypropylene) and metals.
L&L Products A-J series of ambient curing elastic sealants prevent water, noise, air, dust and fumes from penetrating a structure. They are suitable for use with similar and dissimilar substrates including composites, thermoplastics and metals.
In addition to these ambient-curing technologies, L&L Products will also show its heat-curing technologies of expanding sealants, expanding adhesive tapes, acoustic damping materials and composite body solutions and a range of structural reinforcement inserts.
Also on display will be L&L Products DECI-TEX, a range of fibre-based acoustic insulation that offers unique properties and benefits in comparison to traditional insulation materials.
Majorsell Limited, the UK’s leading air brake components distributor, has chosen this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show to show its top quality air brake products as well as to reveal a major expansion of its UK operation through an agreement with major components supplier PE Automotive GmbH, to become the national UK distributor of its well-respected all-makes PE-branded commercial vehicle parts.
This return to the CV Show also heralds exciting new collaborations between Majorsell and global OE component manufacturers Valeo and Federal Mogul.
Majorsell has been selected as a Tier1 distributor for Valeo products in the UK and by Federal Mogul to market its MOOG range of CV steering parts following the brand’s success in Europe.
Managing Director Deborah Burrows welcomes these exciting new partnerships and sees them as essential to the company’s evolution. Family-run Majorsell has earned an enviable reputation throughout the world for its comprehensive range of replacement air brake products which embodies the high quality and attention to detail now synonymous with the Majorsell brand.
Transdek UK, the total solutions specialist for the double-deck sector, is expanding its innovative DUET trailer range with the launch of two new models at the CV Show.
The new DUET Wedge double-deck box van is capable of transporting up to 52 pallets, 100% more load volume than a standard 13.6-metre single-deck trailer. This allows vehicle operators to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by as much as 50%, offering significant cost savings and lower environmental footprint.
Tony Sturgess, Head of Trailer Design at Transdek UK, commented, “Our innovative adaptation of the sloping chassis, or wedge, trailer has enabled us to manufacture a rear-loading double deck design that offers the potential to cut single-deck delivery frequencies and operating costs by up to 50%.
Also on display will be Transdek’s Mark II DUET Urban double-deck trailer, which enables high volume deliveries to city centres. This concept was developed to meet the growing retailer demand for greater transport efficiencies on last-mile deliveries to urban centres.
In addition to its DUET trailers, Transdek will exhibit a working model of its surface mounted 6.5-tonne double deck lift, which can be installed directly onto existing floor areas in a day.
Brake Disc lathe specialist Dynastat had such a good CV show in 2014 that it booked double the space for 2015.
The company will show its range of disc and drum machines and the new super quick On-Truck lathe that can skim a pair of discs on a truck in less than 30 minutes. The slogan for this year’s show will be Less Waste, Saves Money, Better Brakes.
Dynastat is the exclusive UK agent for MAD and Comec and services and repairs all other brands including Pro-Cut, Canvik, Caorle and Hunger. It is Europe’s only firm specialising in nothing but brake disc lathes.
Guy Carter, Managing Director, has been selling brake lathes for over 20 years. His first show was Autozum in Austria in 1995 – Dynastat has just exhibited at Autozum 2015 and it was its best European show ever.
Truck workshops buy machines to save money, have better brakes and generate less waste. To replace discs is both costly and time consuming. A pair of discs will take four hours to change at a cost of around £350. The cost to skim is around £100 per axle, saving 75% per axle.
2014 was a record sales year for Dynastat, which sold 33 truck lathes in the UK and Ireland. Most of the DYNASTAT range is OEM approved with approvals from manufacturers such as Mercedes Benz, MAN, BPW, Mitsubishi, Volvo and Renault.
Premium tyre maker Hankook will unveil several new commercial tyre solutions at the CV Show, and exhibit its extensive commercial tyre portfolio to meet the increasingly important demands of its customer base.
Its continued investment in research and development has led to the increased load index of the SmartFlex AH31, a range of medium to long haul truck tyres for all season purposes.
The SmartFlex AH31 was first introduced last year, designed specifically for the new Euro-5 and Euro-6 vehicles. The new SmartFlex AH31 295/80 R22.5, with the load index of 154M, suitable for vehicles plated with a front axle weight capacity of 7500kg, will be available later in 2015.
Hankook’s TL02 trailer tyre in size 295/60 R22.5 has also seen new developments as it has been adapted for use in the car transporter industry with a load index of 152J = 7100kg. The Alphatread retreaded tyre range has also been extended with the addition of the popular size 315/70 R22.5, available from January 2015.
Jong Jin Park, Managing Director of Hankook Tyre UK said, “We pride ourselves on ensuring we maintain close relationships with our customers which enables us to understand the needs they face. This allows us to develop innovative and tailored tyre solutions. The recognised high quality of our products has not gone unnoticed, as some of the world’s largest manufacturers including MAN and Mercedes-Benz have recently announced original equipment fitments.”
Leading oil blender Morris Lubricants is exhibiting at the CV Show for the first time in a number of years as the company looks to reaffirm its position in the marketplace.
Morris will offer a first glimpse at its new Versimax high quality, heavy duty diesel engine oil products.
Fleet owners will be given the chance to take the Versimax Challenge to see if they could save money and consolidate inventory by switching to Morris and using fewer grades of oil and lubricants.
Former BTRA champion Dave Jenkins, a Morris Lubricants ambassador, will be on hand to meet truck racing fans and anyone who takes on the Versimax Challenge will receive a pair of free tickets to a British Truck Racing Association meeting during 2015.