Van, Truck, Trailer, Bus and Coach Aftermarket News in Ireland

Fast approaching CV Show 2017 – First Preview

Another Commercial Vehicle Show is fast approaching with the CV sector in a stronger position. And our team from and the Auto Trade Journal will be there to report on the CV Show for you.

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT, told us: “This year’s CV Show is more relevant than ever and we are particularly pleased to see several major HGV manufacturers return to the show. Keen interest across the commercial vehicle market is, however, creating a boom for additional goods and services. Whether that’s trailers, parts and components, telematics, driver assistance systems, fleet management software or specialist conversions, the CV Show is the perfect shop window for them all and a great opportunity for anyone in the transport or logistics industry to do business. I look forward to seeing you there.”

Here are a selection of exhibitors and what they will be showing this year.

DAF promotes Transport Efficiency
Stand 5C81

Market-leading truck maker in the UK, DAF, is returning to the Show for 2017, promoting its DAF Transport Efficiency initiative.

DAF Trucks occupies its traditional location in Hall 5 adjacent to an additional, large outside exhibition area – which will be home to the company’s new Showtrekker hospitality trailer.

DAF Transport Efficiency encompasses a range of product enhancements such as Silent Mode and Predictive Cruise Control, supported by the company’s range of customer support services, namely, DAFaid, DAF MultiSupport R&M packages, DAF Parts and PACCAR Financial– all combining to provide operators with a total transport solution.

On show will be a mix of models from the company’s LF, CF and XF ranges supported by DAF experts from across the company. DAF Trucks in-house finance division, PACCAR Financial will also be very much in evidence, promoting DAF First Choice, the quality-approved used vehicle programme.

The company will also be showing its new, pan-European, on-line fleet management system, DAF Connect, which gives insight to all relevant truck, driver and location information for individual vehicles and entire fleets.

All-new Van MAN
Stand 5F10

MAN will be using the show for the UK public debut of its new van, the TGE – alongside its range of heavy trucks.

“The TGE will fit seamlessly into the MAN family and will mean there is an MAN vehicle to meet every application across the commercial transport market,” said Martin Pickering, MAN Truck and Bus Marketing Communications Manager.

The MAN TGE will fill the requirement for a light commercial vehicle with a gross weight rating between 3 tonnes and 5.5 tonnes and will be ideal for everyday light transport tasks in the transport and haulage sector.

Truckman displays latest hardtops and accessories Stand 4G50

Pick-up accessory specialist Truckman will be showing the latest additions to its range of secure hardtops and accessories at the Show.

On its stand, the West-Midlands-based company will feature the newly launched range of the high capacity Truckman Classic hardtop and the solid sided cab high Truckman RS.

Another of Truckman’s commercial hardtops on display will be the high-capacity, all-round gull wing side access Truckman Utility.

Popular with field-based engineers and utility customers, the Utility can be kitted out to operate in off-road situations, such as carrying out railway track maintenance, and gives technicians unrivalled organised storage and access to tools and equipment.

Completing the display of vehicles on the stand will be an SHB-owned Toyota Hilux Invincible fitted with the best-selling hardtop from Truckman’s luxury range, the Truckman Grand, which comes with remote central locking.

TOTAL UK addresses business needs
Stand 4C10

As well as showing its full range of lubricant products, including RUBIA engine oils, coolants, AdBlue and more, TOTAL UK will be promoting its range of added value services, such as ANAC and Visio Stock.

TOTAL ANAC – a driveline diagnostic system – has made a big difference for customers who have used the system, benefiting from TOTAL’s 30+ years’ experience and over 4,000,000 diagnostic checks. The company claims a saving up to £10 for every £1 spent on oil analysis, but more importantly says it helps fleets by reducing their operating and maintenance costs, improving reliability and adding efficiency.

At the event, TOTAL will also be talking to businesses about stock management. Its Automated Stock Management System works by installing a permanent measuring device in a customer’s lubricant storage tank and the ASMS automatically monitors the level of lubricant in the tanks via a GPRS communication system and alerts TOTAL when levels are critically low.

This reduces the risk of stock-outs and unplanned downtime. Remote monitoring also reduces administration costs and errors associated with manual stock check and re-ordering process, along with reduced risks of tank over spills with the subsequent cost of clean-up and lost product.

Brigade Electronics to launch 3G cameras Stand 4J90

Brigade Electronics will be launching a new 3G enabled digital recording system at the Show.

The new mobile digital recording system (MDR) allows operators to remotely access footage and other vehicle information such as speed and location in real time. The standard MDR has been one of Brigade’s most sought-after products in recent years but now the company can offer a fully managed and hosted 3G solution.

The new service allows operators remote access and live streaming of footage from up to eight vehicle mounted cameras. Immediate access to data is invaluable; in the event of an incident, to refute claims, asses which party is culpable and reassure drivers in the event of an emergency.

The managed service includes a 3G SIM card and access to Brigade’s hosted server. By hosting the service, Brigade is able to identify any SIM or network issues through remote diagnostics, saving the customer valuable time and resource. Customers have the choice to access footage via the Brigade dashboard or by downloading the app on their phones.

Brigade will also be releasing their improved Sidescan. Following feedback of driver annoyance, the buzzer now silences when there is no danger present and resumes once motion is detected. A NEW optional extra is the Sidescan OSD Module which provides the driver with an on-screen display of the detection area.

Ken-Tool launched in the UK
Stand 4E21

The Tyre Equipment Company (TEC), has added American manufacturer Ken-Tool’s products to its range and will be exhibiting them at the Show. Ken-Tool is distributed in Ireland by EquipCo.

Ken-Tool, a leader in automotive aftermarket tyre repair tools, manufactures tyre changing tools and equipment and has been established for over 90 years. The company is based in Akron, Ohio.

TEC already supplies an extensive range of products for a number of industries including the agricultural, plant, mining and commercial vehicle sectors. The company is also heavily focussed on supplying tools to end users and tyre fitters for use in their own workshops.

Products can be ordered through TEC’s website with next-day delivery, regardless of the size or weight of an order.

The collaboration between the two companies means that customers are able to benefit from more choice when selecting bead breakers, wrenches and tyre levers and easy access to specialist Ken-Tool products such as the Blue Cobra Truck Tyre Demount Tool and the T54 Heavy-Duty Ratchet Action Tyre Spreader.

The Blue Cobra Truck Tyre Demount Tool allows the operator to quickly demount the majority of 22.5” tubeless truck tyres – up to a 13” wide wheel. It helps to reduce back injuries by allowing the demounting of the tyre without lifting the entire wheel and tyre off the ground.

The T54 Heavy-Duty Ratchet Action Tyre Spreader is also available from the TEC website. It has a minimum jaw opening of 89mm and a maximum jaw opening of 360mm.

TEC will be exhibiting in the Workshop Zone at the Show, which is located in Hall 4.

BT Fleet to promote full management service
Stand 5G105

BT Fleet, a provider of outsourced fleet management services, will be using the show to demonstrate how it uses innovation and technology to help fleets keep their management costs down.

With an award winning reputation for quality, resilience, customer service excellence and technical authority, delivered through a nationwide network of 64 owned garages and 42 mobile engineers, the company manages more than 120,000 vehicles on behalf of its customers.

BT Fleet’s customers include G4S, Post Office, St John Ambulance, E.ON, the AA and Environment Agency.

Visitors to BT Fleet’s stand will have an opportunity to gain an insight into how, as part of the BT Ventures group of businesses, BT Fleet claims to deliver innovation through technology to help its customers turn operational challenge into a competitive advantage.

Intelligent Telematics shows 3G camera package
Stand 4F100

Intelligent Telematics will be using the Show to demonstrate its 3G vehicle camera system, which it says is the only 3G solution currently available in the fleet marketplace that delivers integrated driver behaviour monitoring and proactive claims management.

The company says its approach is already achieving annual savings of up to £400 per vehicle from improved driver coaching and risk management, as well as £1,600 of claim cost savings per third-party collision, for some of the UK’s leading road transport operations.

“We will be sharing the stand with key solutions and technology partners to demonstrate how road transport operators can achieve significant savings and benefits from using our integrated 3G camera solution,” explains Sam Footer, Director at Intelligent Telematics. “By combining our industry-leading devices with complementary software technologies and services, we have created an advanced proposition that offers unrivalled savings potential fleets.”

Intelligent Telematics’ IT1000 and IT2000 3G devices use sophisticated camera technology, so that HD footage of any collision, near miss or harsh driving incident is captured and transmitted within minutes of it happening, direct from the scene.

Transdek introduces XL Double Deck trailer
Stand 3B100

Transdek UK is launching a new XL double deck trailer, custom built for Boots UK, at the Show.

The company, renowned for its double deck trailers, will also be exhibiting one of its award winning Wedge trailers and the latest V2G (vehicle to ground) modular, integrated lift-loadhouse.

In line with its commitment to continuous product development, the company has 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.

Mark Adams, Managing Director at Transdek UK, said, “We are continually aiming to develop cost effective transport options that maximise load capacity and minimise mileage, operating costs and CO2 emissions. Our double deck trailers are built around exceptional quality, with an attention to detail that ensures each trailer will offer a lifetime of reliable service, as well as incorporating the latest, state-of-the-art technology.”

Jaama Highlights new software functionality
Stand 4H75

Jaama, the fleet industry asset management software system provider, will be showing new functionality introduced to its multi award-winning web-based vehicle, driver and workshop management solution, Key2, at the Show.

The company exhibited at the Show for the first time last year and such was the interest from fleet decision-makers, transport operators, senior managers and engineers in its Key2 technology that it is returning in 2017.

As an Associate member of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and a partner to the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence scheme, Jaama is firmly focused on helping fleets achieve compliance best practice through implementation of Key2.

Jaama invests more than £2 million per year on software development that keeps Key2 at the cutting edge of management solutions and that has continued with the introduction of vehicle inspection sheets within the Workshop touchscreen module.

The touchscreen application allows technicians to view their work allocation and record their time against each vehicle work item.

In addition, a technician is able to complete a vehicle service/inspection checklist, which is fully customisable. Each check on the list has three options – completed, requires attention or not applicable – and if a technician’s work on a vehicle service or inspection is interrupted the sophisticated technology will return to the appropriate page on resumption. On completion, checklist sheets are stored against the Key2 Workshop job sheet.

A further development by Jaama is its new ‘My Vehicle App’, which allows Key2 to be operated remotely by drivers and operators.

New D-MAX to debut for Isuzu
Stand 5F40

Prior to going on sale in the spring, the new generation Isuzu D-Max will have its public reveal at the Show.

The new generation D-Max will be unveiled at 10.00am on 25 April at Isuzu’s stand in Hall 5.

The D-Max has been extensively overhauled, with a brand new 1.9-litre Euro 6 turbo diesel engine, which produces 164 PS and 360Nm of torque. The engine builds upon D-Max’s workhorse character and retains the 3.5 tonne towing capacity and 1 tonne payload whilst providing a quieter, more refined and economical driving experience.

Inside, a range of new touchscreen entertainment systems are available, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as updated ergonomics and trim quality.

As per previous D-Max models, Shift-On-The-Fly 4×4 is a key feature of the new truck. The rotary dial allows the driver to select four-wheel drive on the move as well as low range gears. New Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist are fitted across the range.

Finally, the D-Max comes with a five-year / 125,000-mile warranty. Running costs are kept down by 12,000-mile or 24-month service intervals, five years’ recovery and European cover, a three-year paint warranty, and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.

Cartwright to focus on urban transport
Stand 3A90

Cartwright will have its biggest ever stand at this year’s Show, and will be unveiling a number of new products that reflect its diverse offering to the marketplace.

The Cartwright stand will include products with a strong focus on urban transport, including a 13.6-metre Straight Frame Twin 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.

In addition, a 13.6-metre 52-pallet Double Deck Wedge Trailer will be on display, 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 11-metre tandem-axle Streetwise Urban Delivery Concept trailer will also be shown, with twin temperature refrigeration, side unloading through doors on both sides and multi-function ramps for pavement or road-level unloading.

Also aimed at urban deliveries will be an Isuzu Parcel Delivery Van with 6.4-metre (21-foot) 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, along with a low-floor Urban Delivery Van complete with side-loading door for pallets, rear hinged doors for ease of access, walkthrough from the cab with a crash-tested bulkhead and sliding door arrangement.

Mark Cartwright, Group Managing Director of Cartwright said, “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 returns to CV Show on back of record sales
Stand 3B70

Ekeri Trailers, the Finnish manufacturer of side-opening trailers and rigid vehicles, is once again exhibiting at this year’s Show, on the back of record sales of its market-proven trailers.

On show will be a new Ekeri ADR EX III semitrailer recently purchased by 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 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,” said LSS Managing Director Phil Stone. “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.”

Fit2Go launches solar powered tyre monitor
Stand 3A52

Fit2Go TPMS Ltd & Wheely-Safe Ltd will be using the Show to launch their new solar-powered Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

The Fit2Go system is easy to install and requires no wires, batteries or in-vehicle chargers and won’t take up space on the dashboard.

The system monitors tyre pressures using self-generated solar electricity and is a simple, portable system that can be retro-fitted to any vehicle, ensuring compliance and helping operators achieve their safety objectives.

The companies’ aim is to offer the system through accessory shops and online sales, both as bulk and individual orders. Their aim at CV Show 2017 is to meet new customers who will benefit from a low cost, portable and easy-to-install TPMS system regardless of fleet size or order volume.

New Sales Director attends first CV Show for Eberspächer
Stand 5F80

Vehicle heating and climate control systems manufacturer, Eberspächer UK Ltd’s new Sales Director, Mark Freeman, will be using the Show to meet new and existing customers.

Responsible for increasing sales and developing opportunities for growth within commercial vehicle, ambulance, utility and other vehicle markets, Mark joins Eberspächer UK in its 40th anniversary year since the UK subsidiary of Eberspächer Climate Control Systems GmbH was first established in 1977.

Having worked with companies such as Heatric, Siemens and 13 years with Hamworthy Combustion Engineering and more recently for Securus, Mark brings solid engineering and senior management experience to the new role.

Describing his new responsibilities, Mark said, “My role as Sales Director provides the perfect opportunity to align my engineering and sales experience and attending CV Show 2017 will be my first major event in this new exciting role.”

“As well as offering the complete range of Eberspächer mobile climate control products, I look forward to developing the company’s unique ability to serve the industry that is exhibiting there and to meet and deliver challenging technical demands of a fully bespoke and specialist nature for the increasingly diverse, technical applications we sell to worldwide.”

Michelin to relaunch its most popular tyre range
Stand 5A45

Michelin will be previewing the next generation of its most popular heavy truck tyre range at this year’s Show, with the international launch of the all-new X Multi line-up.

Official testing has shown the next-generation tyres deliver 15-20% 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 & Bus, said, “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.”

Michelin will also be showing the breadth of its commercial vehicle tyre range at the show, displaying at least 12 tyres on its stand. Among the line-up will be examples of Michelin’s fuel-saving X Line Energy tyre range, which was expanded with six additional tyre sizes in December 2016.

The stand will also feature details of the company’s tyre range for van fleet operators, and Michelin’s CrossClimate tyres for car-derived vans.

Bridgestone to make messages stick at the CV Show
Stand 5D30

Bridgestone can confirm another multi-themed, high profile presence at the 2017 CV Show, at the NEC in Birmingham, with its innovative ‘Tirematics’ tyre monitoring system taking centre stage, along with its newly developed M-STEER 001, M-DRIVE 001 and M-TRAILER 001 tyres.

Bridgestone will aim to create the most compelling stand by a tyre manufacturer for fleets to visit, with its comprehensive packages of commercial support playing a prominent role as always.

Tirematics™ encompasses all of Bridgestone’s connected tyre solutions and will be demonstrated throughout the three-day show in April. IT systems, using sensors, remotely monitor, transmit and analyse real-time information, such as the pressure and temperature of commercial truck and bus tyres.

This technology will be brought to life, as visitors to the stand are shown how a proactive approach to tyre maintenance reduces vehicle downtime and roadside breakdowns, while optimising tyre life and fuel economy.

Bridgestone’s commercial sales director Greg Ward said: “Tirematics is a practical, cost effective fleet oriented solution with great impact on tyre performance, fuel economy and breakdown prevention. We are excited to be able to show this technology off to a wide audience at the CV Show.”

In addition, Bridgestone’s newest line-up of On/Off tyres will represent the highest profile products on display by the company at the NEC.

They have the durability to perform in a wide variety of surface conditions from asphalt and gravel to sand and mud, while demonstrating a high resistance to cutting, chipping and other forms of accidental damage.

Bridgestone’s new On/Off range delivers also excellent mileage as well as great traction and grip. This is key to meet the challenges of today’s operators, who drive more and more in mild and medium On/Off conditions such as those in construction and excavation works.

Meanwhile, Bridgestone’s Total Tyre Care fleet offering will be celebrated once more, which continues to be tailored to meet the needs of every commercial fleet operator and is quite unlike anything else on the market.

The three tyre management pillars: Total Tyre Life, Total Tyre Services and Total Tyre Systems underpin the overall proposition, which continues to define Bridgestone as a market leader.

Greg added: “The CV Show is one of the biggest events in our calendar and we always strive to position ourselves as market leaders in the commercial vehicle world. We hope to see a number of established contacts at the stand, whilst forging a number of new relationships in the process.”

Continental Tyres to highlight operator solutions at CV Show
Stand 5G110

Continental Tyres will use its presence at the CV Show 2017 to highlight its operational solutions, designed to help inform fleets, put efficiency and safety first and provide a complete service to complement its comprehensive range of commercial vehicle tyres.

ContiPressureCheck, the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), as a standalone system or with full telematics integration, is further developed this year, with the roll-out of the group’s ContiYardReader TPMS system this summer. The ContiYardReader system will allow fleet managers to monitor tyre pressures automatically for all vehicles in the yard adding further accuracy to fleet maintenance and helping to prevent costly tyre breakdowns.

Continental’s TPMS modular offering is proven to have multiple benefits for fleets, including reduced fuel costs, lower environmental impact and higher safety levels as well as helping to lower the likelihood of tyre blowouts.

The group 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.

This national service programme now features over 100 Conti360° Fleet Service network partners across the UK & Ireland with over 400 service points with over 300 REACT trained technicians. The network offers national and regional fleet customers excellent national breakdown coverage and rapid response times averaging less than an hour with flexible packages tailored to the needs of the fleet, including tyre management advice.

Continental now also offer the ability for fleets to manage their materials handling equipment alongside their truck fleets with the Conti Industrial Fleet Services Network. The service is delivered throughout the UK and ROI and includes over 30 certified members for solid tyre fitting and over 100 associated members – through the Conti360° Network – for pneumatic tyre fitting. Industrial partners are equipped with state of the art equipment with over 40 mobile and static solid tyre presses, IMI accredited tyre technicians and the ability to fit solid tyres over 20 inches.

A selection of Continental’s range of commercial vehicle tyres will of course be on show. With industry experts on hand to showcase the complete range of tyres for LGV, HGV and Materials Handling equipment (Truck, Bus, Coach, Van, Specialty). Each Continental tyre has been designed around the application, tailored to meet the growing demands of the commercial vehicle industry. Whether fleets wish to improve mileage performance, increase fuel efficiency or maximise safety and the lifecycle of a tyre, Continental has a solution.

Mat Wilkinson, Commercial Sales and Marketing Director at Continental Tyres said: “Commercial vehicle operators continue to strive towards greater fuel and cost efficiencies and with this in mind Continental has invested in providing not only market leading tyres but a robust range of services and solutions to support our customers throughout their operations. The CV Show offers us the opportunity to discuss how Continental can help, with the right tyres, and the right solutions to take your commercial business forward.”

Hankook to present new tyres at CV Show
Stand 5C60

Hankook is set to present a comprehensive range of commercial vehicle tyres including the new all-season trailer tyre SmartFlex TH31 and, for long-distance coach travel, the new SmartTouring AL22 at the CV Show.

Hankook’s stand will feature a launch of the tyre manufacturer’s new all-season trailer tyre SmartFlex TH31 displayed in size 385/65 R22.5. Alongside the new addition to the SmartFlex range, the existing SmartWork series that is likewise selected as Original Equipment for MAN, Mercedes-Benz Truck and Scania vehicles will be presented.

Besides the coach tyre for long-distance SmartTouring AL22 will be presented for the very first time on the UK market, which had been a product premiere at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show 2016.

The SmartFlex TH31 is an all-year tyre for medium to long haul applications. It offers four main tread grooves to ensure optimum water displacement, a chamfered profile block design to prevent material splintering and extra-wide closed shoulder area which supports high driving stability and ensures good lateral stability as well as even wear.

The new Hankook SmartTouring AL22, a new high-technology coach tyre for long-distance travel will also be presented to the UK market for the first time at the Show. The AL22 can be used on all axle positions and provides maximum ride and rolling comfort, excellent concentricity, a very low rolling noise and, as is customary with Hankook tyres, optimised rolling resistance and low wear for particularly efficient travel.

New for 2017, the Hankook stand will be featuring a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ which visitors can spin to win Hankook goodies as well as the opportunity to gain free entry to a draw to win 2 tickets to a 2017/18 Real Madrid home game including flights and hotel stay! The winner shall be announced after the exhibition ends.

Giti Tyre launches 20 new tread patterns
Stand 4G20

Giti Tire will use the Show to unveil the first phase of its Giti-branded truck and bus ranges, 20 tread patterns making their European debut.

The display will feature new product lines, plus conversions of existing patterns from GT Radial, many of which have been improved through increased load index label results or 3PMSF winter accreditation, and other tyres from around the world which have been recognised as strategically important and certified for use in the EU.

Its stand will be split into six core areas, namely combi-road, long haul, regional, mixed service, urban and winter. Further specific product details will be released up-to and during the show itself.

Tony McHugh, TBR Sales and Marketing Director UK at Giti Tire, said: “Of the 20 patterns on display, six are new to the European market, 12 have been rebranded from existing GT Radial products, with many of these featuring improved load index, label results or winter accreditation, and we will continue to promote our retread programme.”

“Tounveil such an extensive portfolio of Giti products is a great step forwards, and visitors to the stand can expect to see a new and exciting product range backed up by our existing exceptional customer support and value-added services.”

Giti Tire is one of the top 10 largest tyre companies in the world in terms of both volume and revenue, with brands including Giti, GT Radial, Primewell and Runway. With headquarters in Singapore, the company has grown to over 34,000 global employees and distributes to more than 130 countries.

GT truck and trailer tyres are distributed in Ireland by Modern Tyres.

Apollo to introduce European truck tyre range at the CV Show
Stand 3C80

Apollo Tyres, which is well known for its truck and bus radials in India, is set to unveil its range of European market orientated truck tyres at the CV Show. The company plans to introduce its range of European market-orientated truck tyres as well as its strategy for engaging with the whole of the commercial vehicle sector.

Truck tyres have always been a key part of Apollo’s business. Indeed the company was a truck tyre manufacturer first of all. Today truck tyre sales represent 47 per cent of the company’s turnover and the company is number one in India with a commanding 25 per cent share of the world’s third largest market.

Apollo is building a truck tyre plant in Europe, which is the first major tyre firm to do so for a decade, with their European-produced truck tyres available here in 2019.

Apollo will show some tyres that demonstrate the firm’s knowledge of the market and
its product needs. These tyres are described in a media interview as “retreadable”, which indicates that Apollo is planning a long-term strategy for commercial tyres.

Bandvulc Group to exhibit at CV Show
Stand 5F70

The Bandvulc Group, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental, is set to exhibit at the CV Show, at the NEC in Birmingham, April 25-27.

Bandvulc has a long and proud history of evolving and growing with clients to offer personalised tyre, fleet & call management solutions for logistic operations.

This year the company’s focus will be to demonstrate how its continues to grow stronger with its enhanced offerings.

Vaculug and Westlake to showcase product ranges
Stand 4H110

Brand partners Vacu-Lug and Westlake will be showcasing a range of truck tyres.
The ranges on display will be made up of Westlake new tyres and Vacu-Lug retread tyres.

The products will be displayed across the stand, with the team on hand to offer product information and advice throughout the three days. Vacu-Lug’s fleet management team will also be present to discuss your requirements.

Tread Reader devices from Sigmavision
Stand 4F65

Sigmavision is to promote its TreadReader technology to the commercial sector when it exhibits at The Commercial Vehicle Show next month. It says that TreadReader “addresses the shortcomings of traditional dip gauges and other spot-measurement or laser-line devices currently available.” Each product in the range, which includes mobile and fixed workshop options, creates a 3D scanned image showing a 50mm band across the full width of the tyre. Sigmavision adds that its scans are reliable and accurate even on wet and dirty tyres.

With mobile inspection and repair services now widespread alongside traditional workshop servicing, commercial vehicle service providers and vehicle manufacturers are improving tyre management to eradicate as much unplanned downtime or emergency maintenance as possible. To achieve this accurate measurement of tyre wear and tread depth is critical, and needs to be carried out swiftly. The recorded data should be captured electronically and presented to the fleet operator in a meaningful way; ideally integrated into an electronic vehicle health check report. The data can then be used for planned or immediate tyre replacements, or corrective action, such as tyre rotation or wheel realignment.

Available as a hand held scanner, or drive over ramp, TreadReader technology aims to offer a full solution for workshops and mobile technicians. The hand held scanner is fully portable, operated via a TreadReader app, and is suited to mobile servicing, or workshops where space is more limited. For larger workshops, where volumes are greater and a fully automated process is required, the drive over ramp can be more suitable.

Andrew Pryce, managing director of Sigmavision, commented: “TreadReader is the tyre measurement technology that operators for all fleets, whether cars, LCV or HGV, should be expecting from their service providers. Whilst the service providers who make use of the TreadReader technology will soon find themselves with a compelling and competitive advantage when looking to win new clients and service contracts.”

Lawrence David promises CV Show surprise
Stand 5C40

Trailer and truck body builder Lawrence David is promising a big surprise for this year’s Show, with a completely new vehicle and a number of new product features on display.

Lawrence David spokesman Milo Cheney said, “The CV Show is a great networking event and launch platform for all businesses involved in the commercial vehicle industry. This year offers a great opportunity for Lawrence David to launch a completely new vehicle, along with numerous exciting new features. We’re keeping our cards close to our chest on this one, so make sure you visit our stand to find out what’s to come.”

Lawrence David will be releasing a number of teaser images leading up to the show, which will be previewed on Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn.

Ring joins Carnation for CV Show 2017
Stand 5H120

Ring and Carnation Designs will be joining forces at the 2017 CV Show to put the spotlight on their new partnership which offers a comprehensive vehicle conversion package for converters and fleet managers.

Showing their product ranges collectively for the first time, Ring and Carnation Designs will demonstrate how converters, fleet owners and vehicle users can benefit from their integrated solutions. These include Ring’s lighting and powering products and Carnation Designs Genisys power management system.

Ring will also exhibit a range of products aimed at making vehicle converters and fitters more efficient, saving them valuable time and money with new product developments in inverters, DC to DC charging, interior and work lighting.

Marketing Manager for Ring, Henry Bisson, said, “Visitors to the show will be able to see first-hand the benefits of our new partnership with Carnation Designs, following our acquisition of the business last autumn. We will feature our innovative product range and also our combined knowledge, skills and industry insight. We’re looking forward to being on-hand to answer any questions that visitors may have about our bespoke power management systems.”

Carnation Designs is best known as a supplier to the Emergency Services sector. At the show Ring will be demonstrating how the Genisys system can be applied to an even wider range of vehicle conversions, saving converters valuable time and money.

TEXA to exhibit at CV Show
Stand 4F64

Truck diagnostics specialists, TEXA has confirmed its participation at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Showm which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham, April 25-27.

The company will exhibit its industry leading truck diagnostics products, including IDC 5 Truck 40, which IDC5, the latest evolution of Texa’s famous software dedicated to multi-brand diagnosis.

IDC5 Truck 40 is the first software update compatible with the new Axone Nemo, Texa’s new flagship diagnostic tool.

Texa says IDC5 Truck 40 will help repairers with their demanding daily work. Thanks to an important rewriting of the code, the speed has been increased further, guaranteeing a much quicker access to the communication with the control units.

Somerford Equipment makes CV Show debut
Stand 5A141

Somerford Equipment, the UK’s leading provider of road marking vehicles and equipment, is making its CV Show debut in 2017.

The company is the first manufacturer of its kind to appear at this event, which extends the range of vehicles on show and gives potential visitors even more reason to attend.

Mike Oakes, General Manager of Somerford Equipment,said, “We are pleased to be appearing at the CV Show and look forward to meeting buyers and specifiers from a broad range of market sectors including local government, utilities and contracting. Being the first manufacturer of road marking vehicles to exhibit at this prestigious event confirms our leading position in the market and enhances our reputation for innovation.”

As well as showing its capabilities as a specialist vehicle bodybuilder and equipment manufacturer, Somerford Equipment will be demonstrating a unique new multi-purpose vehicle that allows a wide range of road marking, road marking removal, road stud installation and removal and traffic control applications to be carried out.

New compliance features from TruTac
Stand 4H01

Compliance and tachograph expert TruTac is launching a series of new features at this year’s Show.

TruTac will be re-launching and re-branding its market leading tachograph analysis, previously known as TruControl, as TruAnalysis.

Additionally, TruTac will be exhibiting its all-new, Earned Recognition reporting features. Full details regarding how it uses the latest technology to ensure compliance will be available from the TruTac stand.

TruAnalysis has new features including TruDocument for secure, online document management and storage. This enables operators to attach documents to individual drivers or calendar entries, minimising paper and providing an easy to manage audit trail for compliance records.

eSignLive is another TruAnalysis feature for secure digital signature capture of both drivers and managers. Again, minimising paper and providing a secure compliance audit trail. There is also a new scheduling feature to upload rotas and pre-planned duties for non-tachograph shifts. This makes the management and recording of working time far easier for all operators.

TruTac’s TruChecks product for daily driver walk around checks has been enhanced with new graphics and easier to manage functions and reports. The TruChecks app is now available on Android, Apple and Windows operating systems. The app removes traditional paper books used for daily vehicle checks saving time and money.

Alfatronix shows new USB charging options
Stand 4D36

With WiFi increasingly available on public transport, passenger accessible charging facilities are becoming more and more popular, and Alfatronix is one of the leading names in the market with over 35 years’ experience.

The Alfatronix design incorporates automatic voltage adjustment to compensate for the level of charge in the device battery, thus maximising the charger performance. On buses, the user may not be on board for very long, so they want as much power input as possible in a short time. The Alfatronix system ensures that the output is always configured to safely and quickly charge any device attached.

Most commercially available USB connectors are only specified for 1,500 mating cycles. In a public environment, this would offer no more than a year or two of service, so the Alfatronix units are type-tested to 10,000 mating cycles.

The high impact materials, shape, installation method and profile of its USB chargers is designed to withstand every thump and knock likely to occur in a busy transport environment, with only deliberate vandalism likely to cause damage.

By definition, the USB connector is exposed, but even if this is deliberately fused by a metal foreign body, the clever electronics will not only shut the unit down, but continue to monitor and start up again automatically when the fault is removed. Even if the unit accidentally gets wet, the unit will detect the fault and shut down.

Workshop compliance package from R2C
Stand 5J109

Software specialist r2c Online will be using the show to demonstrate its complete workshop and fleet management compliance platform.

The company says it has helped thousands of customers improve their operations and time-management through one digital platform, connecting the entire supply chain in the fleet and workshop industries.

2017 will be a big year for r2c Online, with multiple award nominations already and 40% growth in the past 12 months alone. At the Show it will launch a new product called Exemplar, a best practice compliance package.

The Exemplar package gives fleet operators an all-in-one toolkit to achieve best practice compliance, as a response to the recent approval for DVSA ‘Earned Recognition’ trials to begin.

r2c will also be featuring three brand new products at the show, including Vantage Point – a visual business intelligence tool, Uptime – minimising fleet downtime through automation, and the i2i Mobile App – digital maintenance authorisation and invoicing on the move.

Brand new box body from Coolkit
Stand 3E130

Fridge van conversion specialist CoolKit Ltd will be launching a brand-new box body refrigerated vehicle at the Show.

With the aim of expanding its product range and providing solutions to the temperature controlled industry, CoolKit has been investing heavily in research and development to create a new and innovative design for this type of refrigerated vehicle.

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.

Through strategic partnerships with material suppliers, these new refrigerated vehicles will come with a selection of optional accessories to create a bespoke conversion matching customer requirements exactly. Using 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”, said Rupert Gatty, Coolkit Managing Director. “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 refrigerated transport.”

The first completed conversion will be a Mercedes Sprinter Box Body which will be on display in the Cool Zone where the box body will be present together with a dual temperature controlled Mercedes Sprinter panel van, with a slab door side entrance and removable bulkhead in the load space.

Josam to show the way to a more profitable workshop

Josam claims to be the world leader in collision repairs and wheel alignment. They will be introducing many innovative ways to make your workshop more efficient and profitable.

They will be promoting the latest equipment for lane assist EBWS as well as a full range of heat inductors.

New Millbrook Technology Park breaks ground
Stand 5H109

Millbrook Group, the independent vehicle testing and validation services provider, will be using the show to promote its new Technology Park, which will open this summer.

The company has recently broken ground on the latest phase of its Technology Park, which has been supported by £1.2m of funding from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP). It adds new workshop facilities for the development and testing of commercial vehicles.

The new development, due for completion in July 2017, will feature three large workshops with wide bays and tall access points, particularly suitable for buses, trucks and off-highway vehicles. Each workshop is 170m2 and includes dedicated office space. Tenants can rent the workshops on a short or long-term basis.

Designed to provide the ideal setting for automotive suppliers and engineering companies, the Technology Park is located at the heart of Millbrook Proving Ground, giving tenants access to Millbrook’s extensive testing facilities and expertise.

The test tracks include a constant speed circuit, city and urban simulation routes, a mile straight, truck slopes, and different surfaces for structural durability, allowing testing to be undertaken in a controlled environment across a wide range of scenarios, gradients and surfaces to suit customers’ exact requirements.

“The three new bays have been designed with larger vehicles in mind, and are perfectly suited to those working with commercial vehicles,” said Martin Hughes, Director, Proving Ground and Technology Park. “We offer our tenants excellent flexibility and complete confidentiality. Alongside that, many find that the location gives them great networking opportunities and the ability to share knowledge and expertise.”

Air-Seal Products
Stand 4D21

Air-Seal Products tyre sealants not only protect tyres from punctures but will extend the life of your truck tyres by up to 20% and will also decrease your fuel bills.

They have been supplying our sealant to fleet operators for the past seventeen years and we are the real solution to tyre management so come and talk to us on Stand 4D21.

Alcoa Wheels/Tyreline
Stand 5A121

Alcoa Wheels UK Distributor Tyreline are displaying a reflective range of Alcoa Wheels products.

Recognised as the industry wheel of choice with homologation at all major OEM’s Alcoa wheels meet operator needs of weight saving to appearance and in service maintenance benefits.

On display will be the new LVL ONE(R), DURA-BRIGHT(R) EVO and brushed finishes.

Alcoa wheels ate distributed in Ireland by Modern Tyres and Midland Tyres.

Stand 4F75

Checkpoint are the inventors of the original loose wheel nut indicator and have become the global market leaders, offering a wide range of loose wheel nut indicators and retainers.

Daily inspections are made easy with their visual maintenance products. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, meet the Checkpoint team for the best wheel safety solution for your vehicles.

Disc-Lock Europe
Stand 4D38

Disc-Lock Europe Ltd says that it provides superior vibration-proof fastening systems that are used in a wide variety of industries worldwide, from trucks, trailers and buses, to rail engineering and heavy equipment manufacturing.

The Disc-lock Safety Wheel Nut is a free spinning , vibration and shock-proof wheel nut, specifically designed to eliminate the risk of wheel loss from Commercial Vehicles.

Disc-Lock Safety Wheel Nuts are a leading solution to lose wheel nuts and wheel detachments throughout the transport industry. Products – The Disc-Lock Safety Wheel Nut, Locking Nuts and Locking Washers.”

Interparts Automotive
Stand 3B42

Interparts Automotive is again set to present their range of wheel nut indicating and retaining solutions including their ‘Retro Reflective Indicator’.

It will also display their newly added Interparts range of high quality ‘Conspicuity Tape’, as well as their full range of vehicle safetyrelated products.

Parma Group
Stand 4B15

Parma are launching a major re-brand. In their 18th year, they say that they have come of age with a fresh look and clear identity which encapsulates their mission: We believe in making every road journey a better experience.

For commercial vehicle wheels, Parma will showcase: Zafety Lug-Lock – award-winning wheel security system, and new O-Trim stainless steel trims for 19.5” and 22.5” wheels.

Sykes-Pickavant Stand 4D128
Sykes Pickavant is a specialist workshop solutions supplier to the automotive and industrial markets.

Visit their stand to to see their new products particularly with regard to our new torque wrenches and torque multipliers all of which are UK manufactured.

They will also be showing a comprehensive range of AdBlue handling solutions.

The Tyre Equipment Company
Stand 4E121

The Tyre Equipment Company (TEC) is a long-established supplier of tyre service tools and accessories to the commercial vehicle industry.

TEC stocks a wide range of tools to suit workshop requirements – from tyre repair materials through to air tools, valves and lifting equipment.

Stand 4H70

Treadsetters will be using the CV Show 2017 to promote their increasingly popular Torque range along with highlighting their position as being the factory appointed distributor for FALKEN truck tyres in the UK.

There will also be an impressive selection of steel and alloy wheels from TIA Wheels for truck and trailer together with steel van wheels.

N.B. Falken tyres are distributed in Ireland by Philip White Tyres.

Stand 3C85

TVH is a global supplier with customers in more than 170 countries, and has been split up into 2 business units: TVH Parts and TVH Equipment.

TVH Parts NV offers a full range of high-quality parts and accessories for tail lifts for any make. Visit their stand to learn more about our products, services and special offers.

Tyrepal Stand Stand 4K50
Visitors to the TyrePal stand will be given a demonstration of the company’s remote tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), the TeleTPMS.

The system is ideal for fleet managers, who can receive an e-mail or SMS notification when any of their vehicles’ tyres are overinflated, underinflated or overheating.

TyrePal will also exhibit its in cab monitor and CANbus module

TyreWatch from R L Automove
Stand 5J69

TyreWatch TPMS from RL Automotive gives real time monitoring of tyre pressure and temperature. Sending automatic alerts by SMS and email, it significantly reduces downtime caused by blow outs and slow punctures.

Automatic maintenance reports identify problem areas, reducing maintenance time and improving scheduling. Integrated with TACScan patented digital laser tread measurement device, it provides a complete tyre management package.

Stand 3F102

Ultra-Seal is a preventative tyre sealant liquid to protect tyres from leaks and punctures. It seals most punctures as they happen, ensures heat reduction, extends tyre life by keeping the air pressure, minimises tyre wear and reduces fuel consumption.

Ultra-Seal operates from Puurs-Belgium.

Universal Air Tools/Beadbreakers UK
Stand 4D125

Universal Air Tools Ltd. is the UK’s leading manufacturer and exporter of Universal Tools and award winning Aircat brands of premium pneumatic hand tools for automotive, commercial vehicle and industrial applications.

Beadbreakers (UK) import and distribute premium alloy hydraulic bead breakers manufactured by PMM Montresor in Italy, pumps and hoses to suit and the Kema pneumatic bead breaker from Denmark.