CV Show – operators chill out


Visitors to the CV Show held this week at Birmingham’s NEC had plenty of space in which to chill out, by heading for the events Cool sector.

Of course, the sector’s purpose was to display the specialist vehicles and services required by transport operators moving goods that need to be kept at a constantly controlled temperature.

On show were a wide range of refrigerated vehicles and bodywork supplies, the latest fridge units, monitoring equipment and many other products specific to cold chain operations.

According to show organisers the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) the Cool 2015 section saw more exhibitors than for several years; “a great indication of the enthusiasm and confidence within the sector as the economy picks up,” an SMMT spokesman commented.

Key players in this particular sector include Carrier Transicold, Chereau, Coolertech, Frigoblock, Gray & Adams, Paneltex, Seymour Manufacturing, Solomon Commercials, The Cartwright Group, Thermo King and Quinn Vehicles.

Gas specialist BOC exhibited at the CV Show for the first time. The largest provider of industrial, medical and special gases in the UK, the company has developed a new cryogenic system for road transport refrigeration.

Typical of the firms exhibiting was temperature-controlled vehicle specialist Coolertech.

Alongside the impressive 7.5-tonne Fuso Canter a 3.5-tonne home shopping vehicle was shown from Coolertech’s AiroSprint range. This combines the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis cab with a narrower, more streamlined insulated box body, complete with lightweight body styling kit.

Further Mercedes-Benz vans on the stand included a Citan single compartment chilled conversion and a Sprinter MWB multi-temperature van, the pair examples of Coolertech’s extensive range of van conversions.

Other refrigerated vehicle specialists in the sector included CoolKit, which showed its range of van conversions and vehicle lining kits.

CoolKit conversions are widely regarded in the industry for their light weight, durability, versatility and strength, providing customers with a high payload and reliable performance throughout a vehicle’s lifetime.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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