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31 AUG - 2 SEPT 2021 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

Spotlight on the Commercial Vehicle industry

Examining the limelight of the industry and the importance of this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show

With ticket registration opening today for the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show, we take a closer look at how the road transport sector has been shouldering a heavy load for the last year, and why attendance for both exhibitors and visitors at the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show is crucial.

Under a cloak of overnight deliveries, behind-the-scenes efforts and a ‘head-down, get-on-with-it’ culture, the operations and achievements of the road transport, cold chain storage and fleet management sectors have been obscured for far too long.

No one could have planned for the unprecedented challenges of dealing with a global health pandemic and the implications of the UK’s departure from the EU at the same time. Yet such conditions have brought spotlight recognition and praise to a deserving industry working hard in adversity.

This has brought together fleet management, supply chain management, cold chain storage, road haulage and mobility technologies. This momentous period in UK history has shown our industry’s courage and tireless dedication to keep essential supplies moving to the consumer.

Basking in the glow of this recognition, there’s been a step change and a period of reflection. Business owners are asking questions such as ‘What now should be the priority?’ and ‘ What challenges will we face and how will this impact our bottom lines?’ In a rapidly evolving sector, the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show is set to be the most important industry event in recent history
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Key trends such as electrification, digitalisation, automation, urbanisation and separation have been identified as policy makers aim to drive a reduction of carbon emissions. First- and last-mile delivery solutions continue to grow and logistics companies negotiate the movement of goods to and from the continent now the UK is no longer in the EU.


The UK government has brought forward the deadline for a shift to electrified road transport from 2040 to 2030¹ . From 2030, only predominantly electric new light commercial vehicles (plug-in hybrids and full-electric power) will be permitted for sale. After 2035, new plug-in hybrids will also disappear.

Such a target will see the rise of grid power demand, so steps are being taken to efficiently manage the distribution of demand on the grid across a 24-hour period. Understanding the nuances, options and implications of this for businesses will be essential.


Global automotive telematics will evolve into a $350 billion industry by 2026², and the role that this convergence of connectivity, automotive electronics and computer science will play within the commercial vehicle industry is enormous.

From ensuring the safety and security of drivers, assets and cargo, to reductions in fleet insurances and greater visibility over operations, the growth of telematics and understanding how it can aid your business to grow profit margins and reduce losses is crucial.


Though many in the industry fear the growth of automation will pave the way to millions of job losses, the technological juggernaut rolling into automotive automation is not going to be shifted off-track.

To make automation work for you and your business, understanding the timelines for such development is key to getting the very best out of this technology.


Though the coronavirus pandemic has caused some shift away from densely populated cities, it is likely the long-term trend towards more city living will continue.

Navigating cities with new health regulations and greater online shopping habits create ripe opportunities and challenges for first- and last-mile solutions. Shifting trends need to be discussed by those in the know to ensure all bases are covered.


As the separation of the UK from the EU continues, many of our commercial vehicle businesses are being adversely affected by confusion about the rules.

In the shorter term, collaboration between companies will see losses minimised and kinks ironed out. In the longer term, there is a need to identify how to replace lost contracts, capitalise on existing one and forge new partnerships to maximise profits.
The 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show is brought to exhibitors and visitors by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) , Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE). These advocates for the industry have been campaigning to ensure policy makers and the public are cognizant of challenges faced and to offer solutions that work for the industry.

In June, the enormous halls of the NEC will play host to hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors across three days in the first major road transport event for two years.

Visitors and exhibitors alike are encouraged to come and strategise for long-term growth and find out more about the innovations, technologies and opportunities to help your business operate more smoothly and improve profitability.

Reconnecting with existing suppliers and forging new future partnerships for the first time in two years will offer more positivity and possibilities than ever before.
Commercial Vehicle Show is owned and operated by The Commercial Vehicle Show LLP whose members are:
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