WITH less than six months to go until the doors of Birmingham’s NEC open for the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show, the level of bookings indicates that for the UK road freight industry and its myriad ancillary providers and suppliers, business is definitely on the up.
Among the 290 exhibitors already booked is the return of bodywork and trailer builders including Al-Ko Kober, Cartwright, GM Coachwork, Lawrence David, Montracon, Magyar, Maisonneuve, Maxi-Low, Road Tankers Northern, SDC Trailers, SOMI Trailers, Strongs Plastic Products and Whale Tankers.
The Cool Pavilion in particular is getting a warm reception from companies such as Gray & Adams, Paneltex, Quinn and Solomon Commercials, plus specialist refrigeration equipment suppliers Frigoblock and Thermo King.
With 60% of the Cool Pavilion already booked, it looks set to provide visitors with a variety of exhibits not seen since 2008.
The vans sector will also be well-represented. Steve Bryant, Vauxhall’s Commercial Vehicle Brand Manager said: “Vauxhall is delighted to be back at the show. Vauxhall has always been a big supporter of the CV Show and is very much looking forward to returning to Birmingham in 2014.”
While exhibitor numbers are currently up 26% on 2013, actual space occupied is 17% greater, reflecting the return of many SMEs to the show for the first time since business declined in late 2008.
The 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show will run from 29 April-1 May 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham.