CV Show 2013: Exhibitors report flying start to show
Exhibitors at this year’s CV Show have reported a bumper first day, with plenty more interest and business expected over the next two days.
Michael Kamper, MD Commercial Vehicles at Mercedes- Benz UK, said: "It’s been really good and the stand has been really busy. People have made quite an effort in coming back. I have been given the opportunity to speak to many operators of commercial vehicles and I think the overall impression is how optimistic they are since last year. It’s going to be a very busy day.
Brian Rossington, National HGV and plant operations manager at Manheim, said: "I do feel that a lot of people come to the show not necessarily to look at trucks. A lot of people come to look at the smaller companies who offer the services and add-ons for their vehicles.
"Obviously we are demonstrating to our customers that we’re committed to commercial vehicles, and we have that presence here, but equally we’re here to capture some more interest in the business."
Kevin Green, UK sales manager at Continental Automotive, said that the tyre manufacturer had had about 50 people on the stand yesterday who were all interested in their products "rather than just coming to look around" and he was expecting today to be much busier than yesterday.
Richard Woodings, head of sales UK and Ireland, at Terberg DTS said: "The first day was absolutely brilliant, very positive, lots of customers, extreme amount of interest and enquiries about the electric-powered yard shunter and the truck mounted forklift, as well as a lot of enquiries about the rest of the products that we do. And we have had a lot of orders from existing customers who want additional equipment. I have been told to book the stand for next year."
Andy Dodge, sales director, Lawrence David, agreed: "Excellent first day, the volumes have more than exceeded what was expected, the calibre of people coming onto the stand has been good and the truck boys being back at the show has helped. We have got a number of diverse leads, with a lot of genuine ones who we will hopefully convert into business.
"We have had a lot of interest in the kerbweight and carrying capacity of the 15.65m double-deck LST and unladen weight of the lightweight plastic welded body on the home delivery vehicle."
Simon Tattersill, head of national truck, ATS Euromaster said he was very pleased with a steady stream of exisiting and new customers: "It is difficult to anticipate what the show is going to deliver, so the first day was above expectations.
"The new customers we have spoken to were varied from big haulage operators to owner-drivers, they were looking for advice about wheels, and retorquing and retorquing processes, and how tyre technology has developed. We have got some good prospects that we are following up and I am expecting more over the next two days."