CV SHOW NEWSLETTER 8
CV Show debuts for Peugeot vans
Peugeot will show a range of light commercial vehicles that includes the new Partner and Expert vans.
The new Peugeot Partner Electric will also be shown in the UK for the first time as well as Grip Control versions of the latest Peugeot van range, marketed under the ATV identity (All Terrain Vehicle). A total of six vans will be on display: Bipper Van ATV with Grip Control, New Partner Van ATV with Grip Control, New Partner Electric Van Preview, New Expert Cell Van, Boxer Dropside and Boxer Van.
Phil Robson, Fleet and Used Car Director at Peugeot UK, said, “Peugeot is on a roll with its cohesive van range that includes the established Bipper, Partner, Expert and Boxer. With Euro 5 engines, re-styled new-look identity and the new ATV capability, we have an attractive commercial proposition for customers, and we know they offer great durability and value.”
Fifth wheels from Fontaine
Fontaine, the world’s largest manufacturer of pressed steel and cast fifth wheels, will announce two unique coupling systems at this year’s CV Show: a sensor-operated fifth wheel to alert the driver in the event of safety clip or handle displacement after coupling, and a press-button, air-assisted fifth wheel which takes the strain out of handle operation.
Once the ignition is switched on, the system self-checks sensor functions, showing a green light with a short beep until the trailer is coupled. Mis-coupling is alerted by a flashing red light and continuous beep. Once the king pin sensor detects the king pin, amber and red lights will illuminate until the correct coupling procedure is complete. However, if the safety clip or handle become displaced, an internal and external red LED light and intermittent alarm will sound.
The air-assisted fifth wheel has a unique press button handle operation which is connected to the tractor air system and adjacent to the fifth wheel. This function can usually only be carried out by reaching under and pulling the handle outwards and away from the fifth wheel.
Premier Components in Workshop
A new exhibitor in the Workshop area of the CV Show this year will be Premier Components. The company was established in 1990 to service car parts remanufacturers worldwide and has since added truck and trailer parts to its portfolio.
Premier Components specialises in purchasing old units that have failed - including engines, gearboxes, brake compressors, valves and clutches and more. Instead of scrapping these products, Premier Components can use make good use of them.
Central Weighing technologies
UK vehicle weighing specialist Central Weighing is offering sophisticated new weighing technologies to the market: the portable Cheklode Freeweigh weigh-in-motion system and Supaweigh 5000c and Weighweb management software.
The Cheklode Freeweigh is cable-free, featuring advanced data connection and reporting capabilities. High versatility is claimed for this package and the firm recently won a £500,000 deal to supply units to the Vietnamese police authority to address issues of overloaded trucks.
The Weighweb system provides internet-based reporting software, allowing fleet operators or international enforcement agencies to view, interrogate and report on all weighing data gathered by their Supaweigh 4000 and 5000c axle weighbridge systems via a password-protected internet link and dedicated login facilities configured for each client.
Fiat Professional at CV Show 2012
Fiat Professional is exhibiting a comprehensive display of its award-winning range of commercial vehicles at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show.
Eight vehicles will be on the Fiat Professional stand with a further display area outside the main entrance to the Show. Some of the vehicles on the stand will be liveried in the design of the major companies with which Fiat Professional is currently conducting business.
Models on the stand will also feature many of the new technologies and innovations that Fiat Professional has recently introduced across its line-up, such as Euro 5 engines, Start&Stop, Traction+, Blue&Me TomTom Live and eco:Drive Professional.
The stand will also feature a display of the Comfort-Matic gearbox, now available on new Ducato in combination with the lively and reliable 2.3-litre 130 and 150 MultiJet II engines, in addition to the top-of-the-range 3.0-litre 180 MultiJet Power engine. A display of the new Euro 5 engine will also be on the stand.
SDC launches new trailers as market confidence grows
SDC Trailers will launch two new trailers at the CV Show: a 15.65 metre longer semi-trailer for leading logistics provider Norbert Dentressangle and a Palletforce-branded double-decker. The company’s decision to showcase the new trailers is a sign of confidence in the ever-expanding CV Show and demonstrates an increasingly buoyant trailer market across the UK.
“We’ve seen an improvement in order levels and customer confidence in the trailer market over the last few months,” explained SDC Director Paul Bratton. “The DfT’s trial of longer semi-trailers has given us a fantastic opportunity to work more closely with operators to deliver bespoke solutions which really meet their needs.
“We also see the Commercial Vehicle Show as the ideal opportunity to meet many of our customers. It’s become the premier show in the UK so it makes commercial sense for SDC, as the UK’s leading trailer manufacturer, to be a part of that success.”
The stand will also feature SDC’s after-sales parts division FP&S Parts, which offers a national network of truck, trailer and commercial vehicle parts.
TomTom showcases successes at CV Show
Following its launch at last year’s CV Show, TomTom Business Solutions will showcase the successes of OptiDrive and Active Driver Feedback. These two innovations have helped a number of businesses to reduce costs, improve productivity and produce greener, safer drivers.
With TomTom’s recent ventures into telematics-based insurance, experts will also be on its CV Show stand to discuss applications and possible savings for business, as well as the potential for future tie-ups with the insurance industry. TomTom provides the technology behind recently-launched insurance products in both the consumer and business markets, having struck deals with Motaquote and Equity Red Star.
The market-leading supplier of fleet management systems will promote best practice in van fleets across the UK and Ireland, helping managers understand how technology can underpin efforts to achieve Van Excellence Status.
Acal BFi launches new MT4000 quad band mobile platform
The MT4000 quad-band GSM/GPRS/GPS from Novatel Wireless enhances vehicle intelligence for fleet management and insurance telematics applications. The device features low current consumption and a 12V and 24V supply for fleet monitoring of cars, vans and trucks; as well as an optional Garmin Fleet Management Interface (FMI) for routing and optimisation.
With global insurance telematics users expected to rise by 90% to 89 million by 2017, the demand for platforms that deliver enhanced vehicle intelligence, ease of use and low up-front costs will increase dramatically.
Applications for the MT 4000 include managing fleets of passenger cars, vans, and trucks as well as usage-based insurance schemes where the platform can be used to report distance travelled, duration and time of day, driver behaviour and speed violations.
Aplicom to introduce remote download service
At the CV Show, Aplicom will introduce its remote download service of digital tachograph data. This allows remote downloading of both the verified official data as well as real-time data. Aplicom’s partners can download tachograph data files automatically to their servers for further analysis, using an interface provided by Aplicom. The data on the server is stored for two years as a back-up, according to EU regulations.
The telematics unit used in the service also allows other fleet telematics services to be offered to end-customers, eg tracking and tracing, driver style analysis and fuel management. Eliminating the need for several units in the vehicle saves end customers’ costs and resources. Aplicom offers its products and services to end customers through its partner network consisting of service providers and system integrators.
Locks 4 Vans launches new locking solutions
Locks 4 Vans is using the CV Show to launch a new range of locking solutions for roller shutters and sliding doors. The range is built on its narrow slatted shutter lock, used by companies such as G4S for a number of years.
A completely new slamlock has been developed for wider slatted shutters which has been trialled by Bevan Bodies for DPD. Based on the success of the lock during this extensive test of 125 units, a further order for 360 locks has been placed.
Following increasingly violent attacks on vehicles delivering smartphones, UK Mail turned to L4V’s new Ultimate lock to protect the rear doors of its London delivery vehicles. Within a month the Ultimate withstood three serious attacks and proved to be such a good return on investment that it is now specified throughout the fleet.
Eberspächer’s CV Show display highlights application expertise
Alongside its CV Show new product display Eberspächer will have a vehicle line-up demonstrating its range of specialist vehicle heating and climate control installations.
Vince Lee, Eberspächer’s Managing Director, comments, “Our vehicle display showcases the company’s application expertise. We have an unrivalled range of premium-duty heating and air conditioning products, complemented by items such as self-contained hand wash units. With this vast product choice, backed by our 35 years’ experience dealing with UK specialist bodybuilders, we are in a unique position to produce custom-engineered installations to meet the most demanding customer requirements and back our products with the best UK service available.”
County Pumps’ first appearance at CV Show
County Pumps is making final preparations for its first appearance at the CV Show and at the same time celebrating 35 years of trading.
The company is an approved distributor for leading UK manufacturers. Its products on display will include Hytek Alpha’s new Mk.3 diesel pump, the Pumptronics high speed 200lpm diesel dispenser, Merridale Commercial’s fuel pump with integral fuel management, Hytek FC20 fuel management system, a fully-Bott-racked VW Transporter engineering vehicle, displays of tank gauging and alarm units, details of its professional nationwide Servicing and Maintenance Agreements, quality fuel storage tank options (new and refurbished), retractable hose rewind system, Ad-Blue kits for installation on IBC units and bio-diesel fuel conditioners.
Visit Road Angel Fleet at the CV Show and you could be a Formula 1 winner!
Road Angel Fleet will exhibit its latest products at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, including the new GEM range. Its staff will provide return on investment calculations to demonstrate savings using Road Angel Fleet products.
The company is also giving away two tickets to this year’s F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone for visitors to its Show stand.
Road Angel Fleet provides fleet tracking and management solutions to businesses, public sector organisations and emergency services. It is part of the Road Angel Group that produces the market-leading Road Angel range of safety camera products.
Kwik-Fit Fleet launches major light commercial vehicle product at CV Show
A major investment is being made by Kwik-Fit to improve its service to light commercial vehicle fleets with the launch at the CV Show of Kwik-Fit Fleet’s improved service to small businesses, sole traders and the retail market.
Kwik-Fit Fleet Sales Director Peter Lambert said, “The CV Show is the shop window for commercial vehicle operators particularly so it makes sense to launch our new and significantly improved service at the event.
“The van market is continuing to expand. Kwik-Fit Fleet is the largest provider of fast-fit and related services to the UK company car market and we anticipate that the investment we are making in centres, staff and equipment to cater for the light commercial vehicle market will further increase our share of that business sector.”
Innovative product launch by VersaPlast/Panelite
VersaPlast of Aix en Provence, France, has appointed Panelite Composite Solutions as its exclusive UK partner to supply its innovative range of large format VersaMax lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb panels to the road transport and haulage industry.
The panels can be supplied in various sizes and are lightweight, strong, maintenance-free and 100% recyclable as well as being completely waterproof. The production process allows the addition of various surface finishes as well as special non-slip surfaces for lightweight flooring.
The companies will explain plans and demonstrate the benefits of switching to VersaPlast technology. This includes savings in a number of areas: fuel/weight ratio, maintenance and repair of vehicle bodies, tyre wear and tear, lower disposal fees for 100% recyclable bodies, savings on building the bodies, larger panels, lighter panels, welding panels and so on.
Panelite will hold stocks of the most common VersaMax panel sizes and plans to respond to larger orders within four weeks.
F1 World Champions Red Bull Racing show car on Tracker stand
Formula 1 fans are in for a treat as consecutive double World Championship winning team, Red Bull Racing showcases its RB6 replica show car at this year’s CV Show, in partnership with Tracker. Visitors to Tracker’s stand can also enter a prize draw for two lucky winners to win two tickets to the 2012 Grand Prix at Silverstone in July, as well as a tour for two at the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes.
Tracker, a leading telematics and vehicle tracking expert in the UK, will also unveil groundbreaking, patented technology and its fleet telematics used by Red Bull Racing to control its costs and focus on the safety of its team.
Ed Porter, Transport Manager for Red Bull Technology, explains, “I need to be able to manage a fleet that is spread across Europe, keeping in control of what is happening throughout the day without compromising the efficiency of the fleet. The nature of the F1 industry is that we need everything yesterday, making time the most valuable commodity for me and my team. If I could buy time, I would, but Tracker’s fleet tracking system goes a long way in helping me make the best of the time I have.”
Be safe with the Health and Safety Laboratory
The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) is the UK's leading health and safety research establishment and has produced two guides for drivers and operators that provide simple, straightforward advice on safe loading and transport in general haulage.
The guides have been written by HSL Senior Engineer Nina Day with the assistance and support of the major transport industry associations. They explain why loads move during transport, and what you can do to stop it happening and also give examples of ways to secure different types of load, set out what your legal responsibilities are in relation to load safety and what you can do to make sure you're complying with them.
For orders during the CV Show, HSL is offering a 20% discount on the cover price plus free P&P. It will have a range of technical experts on hand to discuss topics such as working at height, pedestrian safety, safety culture, manual handling and training.