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CV show to return in 2010 as CVO show

Date: 10 June 2009

The commercial vehicle show will return to the NEC next April in a new form.

A victim of the recession this year, the event will be called the Commercial Vehicle Operator Show, and take the van industry's usual April slot in Birmingham - taking place between 13-15 April 2010.

The show will be targeted at transport operators, with particular emphasis on environmental impact, improved efficiency and profitability.

"We are planning a new style of show, targeted at transport operators that will add value and deliver operating solutions," said Road Haulage Association chief executive Geoff Dunning.

"This new show will be an ideal platform, particularly for those specialising in vehicle maintenance equipment, replacement parts, logistics and fleet management systems," said Nick Jones, chief executive at the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers). "This industry needs a business-to-business show to cater for professional transport operators' wide-ranging needs and the Commercial Vehicle Operator Show will do exactly that."

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is promising a new Commercial Vehicle Show in 2011. "There have been strong calls from companies within the sector for the CV Show Partnership to run a new style event in 2010," said SMMT boss Paul Everitt. "The CV Operator Show will meet this demand while setting the scene for the return of the Commercial Vehicle Show in 2011."