More Commercial Vehicle Show highlights revealed 31 March 2016

Bandvulc, Bri-Stor Jaama, Voith, Volkswagen and WheelRight are the latest exhibitors to break cover with teasers for the CV Show (NEC, Birmingham, 26—28 April 2016)

Voith Turbo will be launching a retrofit lightweight LP490 two-cylinder Euro 6 compressor at the CV Show, designed specifically for trucks, and borrowing from its success on buses with much heavier duty cycles. The equipment is already fitted as OE to Mercedes Benz Actros, Antos and Arocs trucks.

Voith says its intercooling system reduces power uptake during delivery, and ads that the compression temperature drops, allowing longer duty cycles and increased air delivery per hour. Voith Turbo sales and marketing manager John Domigan says the newly developed idle system also reduces fuel consumption by up to one litre per 100 km and engine oil is also subjected to less stress.

“Many UK truck operators may not be aware that their vehicles are fitted with Voith compressors,” comments Domigan. “So if a compressor needs replacing, we are now geared up to supply them direct from our head office in Croydon.”

Elsewhere, tyre pressure specialist WheelRight says it will be demonstrating the system developed with Highways England, which recently colmpleted a year-long trial at Welcome Break’s M6 Keele services.

The system carried out automatic measurements on more than 150,000 tyres – 50,000 of which were HGVs. It uncovered widely varying tyre conditions, with one at 19psi, despite having passed the kick test.

“The impressive take-up of our system at Keele demonstrates that there is a real appetite for a quick and easy means of monitoring tyre condition,” comments WheelRight CEO John Catling.

Moving on, Jaama will be bringing its driver and fleet management software to the CV Show – including the web-based Key2, which currently manages fleets totalling more than 650,000 vehicles, and maintains FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) compliance for many.

Modules available include defect management reporting with walk-round appraisals, operator licence management with OCRS (operator compliance risk score) data, plant management, driver licence validation, CPC management and vehicle maintenance management.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles says it will reveal its Creative Hub – a Transporter van developed with Startup Direct (part of the government's Start-Up Loans Scheme) that includes a mobile office, complete with grass carpet and woodland.

The van, along with another high-roof ‘Power Office’, was developed off the back of research carried out by VW and the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), highlighting the role that commercial vehicles play in the growth of new and small businesses.

Innovation in roof loading and racking systems will be Bri-Stor’s theme at the CV Show, with a display of its newly introduced Contego Hardtop, Bri-Stor’s best-selling Easi-load roof rack and Itselite lightweight storage system.

Contego Hardtop fits the Ford Ranger, Mitsubushi L200 and Toyota Hilux, and is a popular choice among fleet operators and smaller businesses – while Bri-Stor’s Easi-load system was developed to ease deployment and loading of ladders on vehicle roofs.

Retread tyre supplier Bandvulc will be using the show to promote the services of its newly refurbished Central Midlands distribution hub, in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

“By improving our services and lead times we aim to realise growth and improve satisfaction levels,” comments Tony Mailling, Bandvulc Tyres group operations director. “As well as the inward investment in building and facilities, the changes will see new service vans delivering an improved service across the UK.”

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Bandvulc Tyres Ltd
Bri-Stor Systems Ltd
Voith Turbo Ltd
Volkswagen Audi Group UK Ltd
WheelRight Ltd

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