2014 Commercial Vehicle Show Increases UK Business

This year’s Commercial Vehicle Show was held between the 29th April and the 1st of May, however even though it’s been a few weeks since it ended we are still seeing new stories discussing companies that have benefitted from it. The Commercial Vehicle Show (also known as the ‘CV Show’) is one of the biggest events in anyone who works in the commercial vehicle industry’s calendar, as each year hundreds of exhibitors – including some of the biggest names in the industry – display their new vehicles and technology.

One of the biggest news stories from the show was that Vauxhall decided to unveil their new Vivaro model which was built at Vauxhall’s production plant in Luton. Speaking at the show, Steve Bryant, Vauxhall’s commercial vehicle brand manager, said: “It’s great to be back at the CV Show. We are very proud to take the wraps off the new Vivaro for its world debut at its home motor show.” Vauxhall invested over two hundred million Euros into the production of the Vivaro, creating twelve hundred jobs in the UK. This is just one of the reasons why so many people were excited for its debut, as it’s a testament to the hard work of those working in the Luton production plant as well as UK trade skills.

At the NEC in Birmingham visitors were able to see both the panel van and double cab body versions on the Vivaro, both of which are planned to go on sale this summer. Most of the talk surrounding the Vivaro was to do with the fact that around forty per cent of its components were sourced from UK providers, a massive increase compared to the average of twenty five per cent. It is expected for around fifty five thousand models to roll of the UK’s production line this summer, which added to the nine hundred thousand vans that the Luton based plant has already produced makes Vauxhall the UK’s largest leading commercial vehicle manufacturer for the twelve year in a row.

However, it’s not just Vauxhall that are expecting an increase in business after their appearance at the Commercial Vehicle Show, as vehicle maintenance specialists Kwik Fit has also claimed that they have benefitted from it. Even though Kwik Fit provides services for cars, over recent years they have been expanding into the commercial vehicle maintenance market. In the past two years alone the company has invested a considerable amount into its light commercial vehicle tyre fitting scheme as well as ‘Kwik Fit Plus’ centres which are able to perform mechanical work on light commercial vehicles which weigh up to five tonnes.

Discussing the company’s future, Pete Marden, Kwik Fit’s UK fleet business development manager, said: “The quality of new business leads that we generated at the event was fantastic. We have now followed those leads up with meetings set-up to discuss our light commercial vehicle products and services with many potential fleet customers. This was the fourth consecutive year that Kwik Fit has attended the Commercial Vehicle Show and it is proving of great benefit to the business.” Kwik Fit is also planning on promoting their “we’ll come to you” service in order to reduce the downtime of commercial vehicles that need repairs.

Qi Van Systems, a specialist vehicle converter for the fleet and utility market, also displayed three vehicles at the show this year, and has claimed that the amount of inquiries they received at the event has required them to offer ten new vacancies. Qi Van Systems’ Operations Manager, Lyndon Stonier, said: “We were amazed at the number of new people who visited our stand, together with a steady stream of regular customers, several of whom placed large orders with us. We keep ahead of the game by providing a full one-stop shop service for our customers – offering full in-house design, manufacturing and fitting facilities – and to cater for this increase in our workload we now require several new members of staff to join our team.”

Exhibiting at the Commercial Vehicle Show appears to be an effective way for a range of businesses in the commercial vehicle sector to gain leads and expand their offerings to customers. Whether you are a commercial vehicle manufacturer, vehicle maintenance provider or a company which specialises in providing van insurance quotes, the Commercial Vehicle Show can help improve your business and your knowledge of the industry.

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