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Two new live features are set to fuel discussion when the CV Show opens its doors later this month at the NEC, Birmingham.

The new initiatives, which will debut at the show between April 25-27, are the Innovation Hub presented by respected industry title Motor Transport, and interactive Twitter Lounges, on which visitors and exhibitors can tweet their experiences and news live from the show.

The focus of the Innovation Hub is on exploring the latest developments in fuels, autonomous vehicles and logistics planning.

The 45 minute sessions will include expert speakers from Iveco, TRL and Transport Systems Catapult leading the discussion on innovation, followed by facilitated debate with speakers and attendees to explore the future developments and generate feedback from the audience.

The Innovation Hub will be housed in Hall 3 and will be free to attend – there’s no need to pre-register, just turn up and take a seat.

The panel of expert speakers, which will be announced ahead of the show, will lead discussions on the following topics:

Fuels – the future thinking in diesel, electric, gas and hydrogen power sources. Is diesel really yesterday’s fuel?

Autonomy – the big industry issue of the future. What benefits will the connected truck bring to the industry?

Logistics – reviewing the freight models of the future. What are the opportunities for data management and collaboration?


The Innovation Hub is organised by Motor Transport in conjunction with the CV Show and sponsored by Smart Witness, Guests, TRL and Transport Systems Catapult.

Meanwhile, Twitter walls will broadcast visitors’ and exhibitors’ tweets live, if the handles @theCVShow and #CVShow are used. It’s a great way for exhibitors to get their messages across, following three exciting years of growth in the show’s social media presence.

CV Show Director, Rob Skelton, said: “One of the things we’ve tried to do in recent years is develop the way in which show visitors and exhibitors can communicate with each other, both with their news, and with pressing issues where the industry can benefit from a shared voice and a balance of opinions.

“The new Innovation Hub will be the perfect platform to bring together key figures in the road transport and logistics industries to discuss current issues in an open forum environment, while our Twitter walls are a great way for exhibitors and visitors to share their experiences in an immediate and visible manner and increase their social media presence.”

Visit the website to register to attend the CV Show for free and find out more about the Show’s many features, including some new live elements – details of which are to follow – and a full exhibitor list and floorplan.


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With excitement building ahead of the inaugural Scottish Autoinform event, the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) has continued to receive warm praise from the delegates that attended last November’s show in Wolverhampton.

Taking place at GTG Edinburgh, it will be the first Autoinform LIVE event to be held outside of the Midlands, and aims to provide easier access to the wide range of training sessions, seminars and hands-on demonstrations on offer for those technicians based in Scotland and the north of England.

Its predecessor attracted over 400 industry professionals, making it the most successful show to date. Attendees from all over the country took the time to submit their encouraging feedback via email or on OESAA’s social pages.

OESAA also caught up with some of the delegates during the course of the weekend to find out what they had to say about the training modules on offer.

William McIlwraith, a College Lecturer in Coventry, said: “I currently work in education, so I’m using this as a method of trying to maintain my CPD, and keeping up-to-date with modern technology and vehicles.

“The presentations have been very worthwhile that I’ve attended.”

Submitted via email, Nigel Yardley of Yardley’s Garage heaped praise upon the speakers, commenting: “I particularly enjoyed the management courses by David [Massey], Alistair [Mason] and Andy [Savva] – truly an inspiration.

“If anything can we have more of these so I can include non-workshop staff next year.”

Attendee Dean Andrew, took to Facebook to tell OESAA: “Excellent, informative weekend. I’ve come back to Cornwall with a shopping list and an insight into how to improve our business.”

Training will be provided by some of the industry’s most recognisable figures and organisations, covering of all aspects of garage management. Split into three groups, the modules on offer are categorised by delegate experience, and subjects covered include ‘Preventable failure programmes for diesel engines’, ‘Using the web to promote your business’ and ‘Electric & Hybrid vehicle technology’.

Commenting on the success of the previous show, OESAA Chairman, Nigel Morgan said: “The feedback we’ve received from attendees is a testimony to the industry-wide demand for hassle-free training events which allow technicians to keep abreast of the latest technology whilst minimising garage downtime.

“The forthcoming Autoinform LIVE will give even more delegates the chance to experience the practical, hands-on training on offer, which is so essential for independent garages to thrive and grow.”

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Hot on the heels of the highly successful Autoinform LIVE 2016 training event in November, the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) has announced that a second event is soon to follow, this time catering to garage owners and technicians in Scotland.

Autoinform Scotland 2017 will take place on March 18-19 at the GTG Academy in Edinburgh, following the same well-received format as its Wolverhampton counterpart which has doubled its attendance numbers year-on-year.

The event will feature live, hands-on diagnostics, as well as showcase the latest products, technology and equipment available in the aftermarket. Training sessions, seminars and on-vehicle demonstrations will help delegates to improve their businesses, learn new techniques and network with the best garages across the UK and Ireland.

There are plenty of training modules shared across three groups, each featuring a mix of practical and theoretical sessions (and topics) to suit all skill levels. Potential delegates can visit to see all of the groups on offer, then simply click the one that interests them the most to book online.

Tickets for the full weekend event start at £195.00 (plus VAT), including a ticket to the gala dinner which takes place at the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club on Saturday night. Single day tickets are also available, costing just £99 (plus VAT).

Commenting on Autoinform Scotland, OESAA Chairman, Nigel Morgan said: “Following the success of the Midlands event, we felt it was time to take the show to new locations and open it up to technicians who may have struggled to spare the time to travel so far from their homes and businesses.

“It’s our aim to make high quality training events more accessible to garage owners and technicians, wherever they may be in the UK.”


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