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Aug., 2019: NUFAM shows trends in the commercial vehicles industry

With over 25,000 expected visitors, NUFAM – The Trade Fair for Commercial Vehicles will be the industry’s meeting place from 26 to 29 September 2019. Approximately 400 exhibitors from 13 countries will present the entire range of products and services: vehicles of all weight classes, bodies and trailers, tyres, parts, accessories, workshop equipment, telematics solutions and services. An insight into the portfolio of the sixth NUFAM at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre was provided by the (online) press conference with top-class exhibitors and a presentation of the trade fair’s highlights. Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Karlsruhe Trade Fair, says: “Karlsruhe is not only renowned as a centre of contemporary technology and IT, but also as a pioneer in merchandise mobility. In 2019, the commercial vehicles industry will present its latest innovations at NUFAM. We are the information and investment platform for decision-makers from the transport, freight forwarding and logistics sectors, small and medium-sized businesses, the skilled trades and the municipal sector.” NUFAM is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. For the first time, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure will assume patronage of NUFAM in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport of Baden-Württemberg.

Growth in all areas
In 2019, NUFAM will occupy an exhibition area of 70,000 square meters, comprising all four halls of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre and its adjoining open-air campus. NUFAM can report growth in all exhibitor segments in 2019. Due to the steadily growing number of exhibitors and the increasingly strong demand for large stands, the catering and special areas have been optimized in favour of new stand presentations. Qualitative and quantitative growth can be reported, especially in the areas of body and trailer manufacturers, vehicle construction components and workshop equipment. For the first time, Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone, BENALU, Lamberet, Titgemeyer Group and WM SE will all be exhibiting at the trade fair for commercial vehicles. The major manufacturing brands are likewise represented, e.g. more than 40 commercial vehicles will be shown by S&G Automobil AG, which is Daimler AG’s largest Mercedes-Benz service partner.

Numerous exhibitors present their latest innovations in the field of digitization and automation at NUFAM. A foretaste was provided at the press conference by Palfinger, a manufacturer of loading cranes, which demonstrated a VR crane simulator, and by BPW Bergische Achsen, which presented digital products along the entire transport chain. The spectrum ranged from digital undercarriages to tracking for intelligent cargo securing and freight tracking systems.

NUFAM shows the latest research on turn assistants
The increasing digitization of the industry is also reflected in the supporting programme of the trade fair. The use of turn assistants is a particular focus. It is often difficult for drivers of heavy commercial vehicles to keep an eye on the overall situation when turning. Turning assistants should therefore be mandatory for lorries. A research project of the Steinbeis Transfer Centre Mobility and Logistics under the direction of Prof. Dr. Jochen Baier, in collaboration with the Verband Spedition und Logistik Baden-Württemberg e.V., is conducting a field trial to determine how turn assistants can be used most effectively. The initial results will be presented at the “Right Turn Assistants Save Lives” event in the Demo Park at NUFAM. This project is supported by the Ministry of Transport of Baden-Württemberg. At NUFAM, Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann will take part in a presentation of the interim results on this subject and in a live demonstration of the behaviour of the blind spot with and without a right-turn assistant.

Structured visit to the trade fair through thematic areas and tours
Grouped subject areas in the halls enable trade visitors to enjoy a well-structured visit to the trade fair. A large number of workshop equipment suppliers and parts suppliers are exhibiting in the “Workshop, Parts, Accessories” area in Halls 1 and 2. For example, industry giants such as Winkler, Hofmeister & Meincke and Werbas will present their products here. Major tyre manufacturers such as Aeolus Tyres, Bridgestone and Falken Tire, as well as Bohnenkamp, Pneuhage and Reiff Reifen, will be represented in the “Tyres” section (Hall 3 and dm-arena). PTC Telematik, Yellow Fox and DAKO will present the latest telematics systems in the telematics area (Hall 3). Visitors can also familiarize themselves with the latest telematics solutions and obtain information at lectures and discussions in the adjacent Telematics Forum and in the “Telematics VIP Lounge”. The focus in Hall 3 is on job search, further training opportunities and networking with associations and institutions.

The four exhibition halls and the open-air exhibition area are augmented by the Municipal Mile (between Halls 1 and 2, as well as in Hall 3 and the dm-arena), where commercial vehicles for the municipal sector are presented, and by the Demo Park with its comprehensive programme for the public.

Visitors can also take part in guided tours of the fair. In addition to the Classic tour, which gives a broad overview of the trade fair, New Mobility tours are also offered. Here, exhibitors present their innovations from the fields of alternative drives, digital assistance systems, and vehicle and product premieres relating to New Mobility.

Programme for trade visitors provides practical information
As an information platform and industry meeting place for personal networking, NUFAM offers specialized days dedicated to telematics, municipal vehicles and cargo securing, as well as lectures and discussions on current topics in the commercial vehicles industry. The spectrum of topics covered by the lectures and discussions at NUFAM’s forum extends from cargo securing and digital tachographs to the use of driver assistance systems. Current topics and questions facing the commercial vehicles industry will be critically examined in a solution-oriented manner during the four days of the fair. The focus will be on future topics such as electric-powered mobility and autonomous driving, as well as on ongoing issues such as energy efficiency, time savings, cost reduction, and the shortage of drivers. The specialized programme also considers technical and regulatory challenges facing the industry.

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