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Going global: Ford used the CV Show at the NEC last week to reveal its next Transit


Robin Roberts

Get hitched up for a bigger CV Show at the NEC next year.

That’s the message from the organisers after the  Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles decided to formerly recognise the event and so lift it into the international category, which will virtually guarantee greater international manufacturer support.

OICA accredits a limited number of car and commercial vehicle exhibitions around the world, marking the event’s significance with regard to its role in the global automotive sector.

The Birmingham show is now one of only eight specialist commercial vehicle exhibitions to be recognised by the industry body alongside equivalent shows in Hanover and Amsterdam (RAI) and next year is due to be held from 9-11 April.

Ironically, it was the same body which stripped the British Motor Show of its international status and led to its cancellation when car makers would not support it. The CV show has also struggled but picked itself up over the last two years and the new recognition will boost the UK automotive sector.

The Commercial Vehicle Show is owned by the CV Show LLP, comprising the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and IRTE Services Ltd, the trading company of the Society of Operations Engineers.

Commenting on the announcement, SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt said, “The CV Show is already the UK’s largest road transport event but with OICA’s accreditation, it is now recognised as one of the most influential and important events on the global calendar. This year’s Show has proved to be a resounding success and our new international status will help to build recognition of the important role of the UK road transport industry.”

Geoff Dunning, Chief Executive of the RHA added, “This recognition is a real boost for the CV Show, reflecting the growing interest in the UK market around the world. We already attract exhibitors from such countries as China and Turkey, and this additional exposure should extend our reach to an even wider market.”

SOE Chief Executive Nick Jones echoes the reaction to the OICA announcement, saying, “OICA accreditation is most welcome and acknowledges the increasing importance of the CV Show. The CV Show’s new status is confirmation the UK is making a significant impact in this global industry, and the event has proven to be one of the key international commercial vehicle trade shows.”

You can read more on this year’s show hightlights in our news and vans sections.


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