CM Show 2020: All you need to know about THE virtual event of the year!

The Commercial Motor Show 2020 is an exciting new concept – a virtual exhibition and conference for the road transport industry. 

Held over three days, the Commercial Motor Show will put exhibitors in front of an audience of thousands of commercial vehicle buyers and operators, all without the need for social distancing.

In addition to seeing the latest vehicles, products and services, visitors to this free-to-attend event will be invited to sit in on a wide range of interactive webinar sessions covering a range of topical issues including Brexit, cutting carbon emissions, the skills shortage and the Direct Vision Standard. 

There will also be the chance to partake in live exhibitor chats, video calls and product demonstrations.

When does it take place?
29 September – 1 October 9am to 5pm.

What exactly is a virtual exhibition?
Simply put, it’s an event run completely online, which is hosted on a webpage for a period of time. Think of it in the same way as a traditional, live tradeshow but exhibitors and visitors connect with one another on the web, rather than in-person.

Is it easy to take part/attend?
Absolutely. You simply register and click the link that is sent to you (remember to check your spam if it doesn't arrive in your inbox), log in and you will find yourself in the event. You’ll then be able to move about between webinars, exhibitors and the networking lounge.

Do I need to download specific software?
Most popular web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge will all work just fine.

Will there be IT help available?
Yes 24/7 and a simple link to access it.

Do I need to stay on my computer all day?
Not at all, you can come and go as and when it suits your working day.

Will I be able to talk directly to the exhibitors?
Yes. By incorporating audio, video and text-based chat capabilities, exhibitors can answer any questions you may have.

Is there a webinar programme?
Yes, visit thecommercialmotorshow.vfairs.com/ for speaker line-up and full timings for every day of the show.

What happens if I miss a webinar?
Webinars will all be available online to watch after the live event.

How will the networking lounge work?
An informal chatroom environment will encourage all visitors to make valuable connections with key industry peers and businesses they would potentially like to work with. There will also be the opportunity to meet the experts taking part in our seminar programme.                

Are the truck OEMs exhibiting?
We are delighted to have six of the major manufacturers taking part: DAF, Iveco, Isuzu Truck (UK), MAN Truck and Bus UK, Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Renault Trucks. There is also a wide range of exhibitors from all across the industry to explore in the live exhibition hall area.

How long after the show will the information still be available?
It will remain live for 30 days after the show.

Is it free to attend?
Yes, completely free of charge, simply register online.

How do I register?
thecommercialmotorshow.vfairs.com/

Who’s organising this?
The show is organised by Road Transport Media, the group that publishes Commercial Motor, Motor Transport, Truck & Driver and Transport News and their associated websites and events.

What will you do with my details?
We will only share your details with the event exhibitors you visit, so they can follow up with you after the show has finished.

How long will a visit take?
This is entirely up to you. You can dip in and out of the scheduled webinars according to your interests, and spend as long as you like in the lounge and perusing the exhibition stands.

Are there goody bags?
The exhibition stands will have competitions running and may offer virtual goody bags when you visit them.

How can I exhibit?
Contact our sales team – emma.tyrer@roadtransport.com

CM Show 2020: Day one will focus on the Covid-19 impact and HGV decarbonisation

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Held over three days, the Commercial Motor Show will put exhibitors in front of an audience of thousands of commercial vehicle buyers and operators, all without the need for social distancing.

In addition to seeing the latest vehicles, products and services, visitors to this free-to-attend event will be invited to sit in on a wide range of interactive webinar sessions covering a range of topical issues.

The event will be opened by Baroness Vere, parliamentary under-Secretary of state for transport.


The morning session on the first day of the virtual conference on 29 September will take as its theme the effect of the pandemic on the logistics sector and how major industries such as retail, infrastructure and hospitality are likely to fare as the lockdown eases. 

Rental and leasing association the BVRLA will explain how contract hire companies can help hard-pressed operators renew their fleets.


The lockdown has accelerated the trend away from high street retail towards online shopping, especially in clothing and fashion, and Dino Rocos, non-executive director of Clipper Logistics and former COO of the John Lewis Partnership, will analyse this phenomenon and whether bricks and mortar shops will make a comeback.

 

He will be joined by Tony Mannix, chief executive of Clipper Logistics, the leading player in fashion logistics, to assess the impact of Covid-19 on the transport industry. 

Steven Cleary, sales director of Wincanton, will be speaking in the keynote session on the morning of 29 September, looking at the role of infrastructure spending in helping the UK recover from the pandemic.


The afternoon of the first day will then turn to the government’s Road to Zero strategy and the likely role of biofuels, hydrogen and battery electric in overcoming the tough challenge of decarbonising heavy trucks, as the the Covid-19 pandemic is widely expected to give the government’s net zero carbon emissions strategy a big boost.

David Cebon, professor of mechanical engineering at Cambridge University, will compare the efficiency of hydrogen fuel cells with battery electric vehicles, while Brian Robinson, head of commercial vehicles at the LowCVP, will review the role of biofuels.

Rob Fowler, CEO of electric vehicle start up manufacturer Volta, will give an update on the company’s plans for a range of purpose-built battery electric trucks while Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power will put the case for hydrogen as the fuel of the future.
 

The Commercial Motor Show is taking place from 29 September - 1 October, click here for more info and to register free.