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Innovations in vans, trailers and bodies at the IAA

Berlin, 14 August 2014

IAA specialist events: Trailer Innovation Award, Full-service workshop concepts, Commercial Vehicle prices and type approval

This year again vans, trailers and bodies will feature strongly in the programme of supporting events at the 65th International Motor Show (IAA) Commercial Vehicles. In addition to specialist events on type testing/type approval and full-service workshop concepts, two major prizes in this segment will also be awarded at the IAA – the Trailer Innovation Award and the Commercial Vehicle Prize of the German craft trades.                 

Presentation of the “Trailer Innovation Award”

The “Trailer Innovation Award” will be presented at the IAA for the seventh time, to pay tribute to innovations and new ideas from the field of trailers and bodies. The award is organised by the publishers Stünings Medien GmbH in co-operation with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). It is presented by a total of eleven European transport journals under the aegis of the KFZ-Anzeiger. After statements from Jörg Montag, director of publishing and editor-in-chief at Stünings Medien GmbH, and VDA President Matthias Wissmann, Folkher Braun of Stünings Medien will deliver the speech of appreciation. The event will take place on Friday, 26 September 2014, from 14.00 h to 15.00 h, in Room 1B of the Convention Center on the Hannover trade fair grounds.

Full-service workshop concepts for trucks and trailers 

Efficient service for commercial vehicles is a key factor in keeping road freight transport running. Without it, deliveries of goods would be subject to numerous delays and cancellations. For this reason the VDA is organising the symposium “Full-service workshop concepts for trucks & trailers”. Here speakers from several companies in the truck and trailer business will outline how multi-brand workshop concepts or online workshop systems meet the demanding requirements of their customers. The event will be opened by VDA Managing Director Klaus Bräunig, before the Managing Director of Alltrucks GmbH & Co. KG, Rolf Hosefelder, presents the full-service commercial-vehicle-workshop concept “Alltrucks Truck & Trailer Service”. He will be followed by Pierre Fleck, CEO of EUROPART, describing various options his company has which can help “reduce the total cost of ownership for fleet companies”. The subject of “Integrated customer service” will be tackled by Anton Bigelmaier, Head of After Market at Kögel Trailer GmbH & Co. KG. The final presentation, entitled “Total transparency for the fleet operator through intelligent data preparation from various systems” will be given by Dr Peter Kes, Managing Director at Schmitz Cargobull Parts & Services GmbH. The event will be held on Monday, 29 September 2014, from 10.00 h to 12.30 h, in Room 15/16 of the Convention Center on the Hannover trade fair grounds. Karin Ghirodi, the VDA’s Head of Aftermarket, will host the symposium.

Commercial Vehicle Prize awarded by the German crafts

Another important prize presented at the IAA is the Commercial Vehicle Prize awarded by the German crafts. The VDA is running this specialist event in co-operation with the publishers Holzmann-Medien. This is already the twelfth time that the “commercial vehicle of the year” has been sought. This year for the first time, twelve craftspeople tested double cabin pickups in the category of vehicles with a one-tonne load. The prize is awarded by the newspaper Deutsche Handwerks Zeitung and the journal handwerk magazin. The presentation ceremony will be held on 26 September 2014, from 11.00 h to 11.45 h, in Room 3B of the Convention Center on the Hannover trade fair grounds. 

Type testing/type approval for commercial vehicles, trailers and bodies

Owing to its interest in increasing general road safety, the European Union (EU) is preparing a revision of the EC type-approval system for motor vehicles. This system will be the focal point of the symposium “Type Testing/Type Approval for Commercial Vehicles, Trailers and Bodies”, which is being organised by the VDA together with the VdTÜV (the German Association of Technical Inspection Services). The fundamentals of vehicle approval, multi-step procedures, and the future of type approval will also be examined. A welcome from VDA Managing Director Dr Ulrich Eichhorn and the Chairman of the VdTÜV traffic commission, Prof. Jürgen Brauckmann, will be followed by Folkert Jürgens of TÜV Nord mobility, speaking on basics, various procedures and opportunities in EC type approval.

Then Uwe Ziegler of TÜV Rheinland Kraftfahrt will give a presentation on applying the multi-step type-approval procedure in the type approval of special vehicles, and Philip Puls of TÜV Süd Auto Service will compare and contrast type approval and individual approval, taking Regulation (EC) 661/2009 as an example. Klaus Pietsch, from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), will talk about the type approval procedure for commercial vehicles and the CoP as seen by the KBA. A look at vehicle approval under the Framework Directive 2007/46/EC from a manufacturer’s viewpoint and a practical report will be provided by Helmut Hüdepohl of Fahrzeugwerke Bernhard Krone GmbH. Martin Feldhege, of Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Esterer GmbH & Co., will speak on the topic of “Individual approval – pros and cons and acceptance in the EU – a manufacturer’s view” and his company’s experience, before a joint discussion finishes off the event. The symposium will take place on 30 September 2014, from 14.00 h to 17.00 h, in Room 13/14 of the Convention Center on the Hannover trade fair grounds, and will be hosted by Frank Schneider of the VdTÜV.

The 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles is organised by the VDA and will run from 25 September to 2 October 2014. Under the slogan “Driving the future” it will present numerous world, European and German premieres along with a large number of specialist events and special shows. Comprehensive information about the exhibition and online registration for the specialist events are available on the new IAA website, at: Participation in the specialist events is free of charge for journalists.

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