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This year the show’s a go

As I wandered around the CV Show last year at the NEC in Birmingham, I had to search high and low for anything related to recycling and waste. Although there was one RCV manufacturer, there wasn’t much else on show.

The show had been cancelled in 2009 as the recession hit the commercial vehicles sector hard. But 2010’s smaller, stripped down and slightly re-branded Commercial Vehicle Operator exhibition was a good opportunity to talk to some of the companies that work on the periphery of the waste industry but tend to focus on core logistics and transport markets, as well as sat nav companies and the major commercial vehicle manufacturers such as Ford, Fiat and Renault.

This year’s CV Show is being described by its organisers as the first CV Show since 2008, when 28,500 visitors were in attendance. At the time of writing, at the beginning of March, there is not a single RCV manufacturer confirmed for the show at the NEC from 12-14 April. But there are potentially a few more exhibitors that might interest the recycling and waste sector this year.

One of the companies looking to make a splash is Whale Tankers of Solihull, which will be demonstrating a special hazardous waste tanker. This stainless steel tri-axle tipping trailer built to transport hazardous waste is a bespoke vehicle as part of a multiple order of six. During the next 18 months, it will join Taylors Industrial Services of Aberdeen, which is one of the largest family-owned waste management companies in Scotland.

Whale Tankers managing director Mark Warmington said: “We are excited about returning to the CV Show, having enjoyed a great association with the exhibition and its organisers in the past. In addition, we confirm that we will be providing our customary park-and-ride service to the exhibition, giving visitors a chance to see our facilities in the process.

“Since the last CV Show, Whale has invested heavily in innovation and product development, with many new features now being included as standard on our products, particularly with regard to operator safety and automated electronic controls. We will be keen to demonstrate these features over the three show days in April.”

Well-known sweeper companies will also be exhibiting at the show. Dulevo Sweeper, Euromec, Johnston Sweepers and Scarab Sweepers are all confirmed to exhibit, and will show off their ranges of street cleaning equipment.

Tyre recycler and re-treader Bandvulc will be celebrating 40 years of recycling at the CV Show. Visitors will be able to see the Group’s latest range of premium tyres that incorporate its specialist, in-house designed compounds. The company will also showcase enhancements made to its fleet management facility, Bandvulc Tyre Contracts, as well as introduce its new division Tyre Maintenance, with more details about this revealed at the exhibition.

This year, Bandvulc will be demonstrating an energy (fuel-saving) tyre as well as a new re-tread tyre that will compete with other re-treads in the market. Its new tyre, the Dynamic, will also be on display. This boasts a 10% reduction in rolling resistance with an approximate 5% saving in fuel consumption in everyday operations.

The CV Show will also feature a number of companies that provide services to recycling and waste fleets. An example is Air-Seal Products that is displaying its tyre sealants which it says are a proven part of all good tyre management programmes. The company says its products will not only protect tyres from punctures, but will extend the life of truck tyres by 20% and reduce fuel bills.

There will also be a number of companies offering fleet management, weighing and sat nav software. Vishay PM Onboard will be at the exhibition, as will sat nav manufacturers Tom Tom Business and Garmin. Tom Tom Business is likely to have its fleet management solution Tom Tom Worksmart on show, as well as its Tom Tom Pro 7100 Truck that displays weight and dimension access restrictions for major and interconnecting roads across Europe. Garmin is also likely to demonstrate its fleet management equipment.

If it is vans you are after, most of the major manufacturers will be there. These include: Citroën, Fiat Professional, Ford Motor Company, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan Motor (GB), Peugeot, Renault UK and Volkswagen. At previous CV Shows, the major van manufacturers have been keen to show off their green credentials, and this year promises to be no exception, with reduced CO2 emissions and better fuel consumption likely to be a key theme.


The CV Show will take place in halls 4 and 5 of the NEC in Birmingham on 12-14 April 2011. The show opening times on each day are 8:30am to 5:30pm. Organisers expect more than 250 exhibitors from all parts of the commercial vehicle sector to be in attendance. Car parking is available at the NEC, and the nearest station is Birmingham International.


While this year’s CV Show looks like an improvement on last year, if it is RCVs or waste-specific vehicles and services you require, then RWM in partnership with CIWM looks like a better bet.

Confirmed exhibitors for that exhibition at the NEC from 13-15 September include BMI Municipal, EH Hassell, Geesink Norba, Gullivers Municipal Hire Services, Heil Environmental, Isuzu Truck (UK), Liebherr Great Britain, Mercedes Benz UK, Vishay PM Onboard as well as hundreds more recycling and waste management companies.

RWM takes place in halls 17, 18, 19 and 20 of the NEC. The show opening times are: 9:30am to 4:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9:30am to 4pm on Thursday.

Organisers expect more than 500 exhibitors from across the recycling and waste management sector and more. One development for this year is that the RWM and Futuresource exhibitions have merged to create one UK recycling and waste management show, making it of even more interest to domestic and international audiences.

This year, the show will be co-located with the Energy Event, which takes place on 13-14 September. This is expected to attract more than 150 exhibitors.
For more information on RWM in partnership with CIWM, visit

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