Atlanta. The first North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show), a new concept commercial vehicle industry trade show focused on truck and trailer manufacturers and commercial vehicle parts and components suppliers, hosted 439 exhibitors covering 370,000 square feet of net exhibition space September 25-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Thirty percent of exhibitors are headquartered outside of the United States. A total of 6,000 unique visitors and 9,000 visits for the four-day show represented industry leaders, suppliers, top fleet owners and managers and 234 accredited international journalists.
Top OEMs and solutions providers released their latest innovations, including hybrid and electric powered trucks, cutting-edge customizable trucks and trailers, advanced driver assistance systems, fuel efficiency equipment, safety technologies and high-quality truck accessories at the sold-out show.
“The NACV Show’s B2B concept was a real hit with our attendees who gave us high marks for launching such a global showcase,” said Larry Turner, President and CEO of Hannover Fairs USA and co-organizer of the show. “The industry’s key players have been extremely supportive of this new show and made it a priority to launch their exciting new products at our first show,” added Turner.
Commenting on Daimler’s experience at the NACV Show, Roger Nielsen, DTNA president and CEO said, “First of all, we love the sequence as we’re mostly global companies now in this marketplace. We love the alternating continents. Daimler is at IAA one year and then here the other year as a global company. It gives us a chance to really take advantage of our global presence. And we’ve refocused the show to be on big fleet customers, as well as suppliers. The payback for us has already well surpassed our expectations.”
Nielsen added, “I would say where The NACV Show is positioned is right at the beginning of the buying season of the large fleets, so it’s a perfect chance for fleets to come and see what we’re showcasing, see what’s coming down the pike and as they settle in their financial plans for the following year it gives us the chance to meet them here.”
Cory Hiesser, Lean Engineer of Manac Trailers, an exhibitor at the inaugural NACV Show added, “I think the show is unbelievably innovative. All the products I’ve seen on display are things I’ve never seen before and are very interesting. The show has also helped me make some good connections.”
Trailer manufacturers were well represented. A round of several of their products on display at the NACV Show follows.