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NUFAM 2019 with Double Patronage

The upcoming sixth edition of the trade fair for commercial vehicles is supported by twofold patronage. Baden-Württemberg’s Transport Minister Winfried Hermann was already the patron of past editions of NUFAM and has been present in Karlsruhe on multiple occasions. And now, in collaboration with Baden-Württemberg’s Transport Ministry, the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure will be a patron of NUFAM for the first time in 2019. The Federal Transport Ministry’s patronage underscores the nationwide significance of this specialized trade fair.

NUFAM has grown steadily since its founding in 2009. With more than 23,000 professional visitors from throughout Germany and neighbouring countries, NUFAM has firmly established itself as a “must-attend” event for the industry. The upcoming NUFAM boasts strong growth, both qualitatively and quantitatively. With approximately 400 exhibitors, next year’s fair will occupy all of the halls and the spacious outdoor campus of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

Consultation about truck trailers at NUFAM KMK/Jürgen Rösner

Strongly Positioned in Vehicle Construction and Workshop Equipment

The fair’s acquisitions team was particularly successful in the fields of vehicle construction and workshop outfitting. Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone, which ranks among the key players in this industry, will exhibit at NUFAM for the first time in 2019. Many other big names in vehicle construction will likewise be represented at the fair. They include, for example, F. X. Meiller, Fahrzeugbau Kempf, Meusburger Fahrzeugbau, Müller-Mitteltal, Reisch Fahrzeugbau and Schwarzmüller. Humbaur und Kögel, an important manufacturer of vehicle bodies and trailers, will be present with a stand fully twice as large as last year’s stand. NUFAM 2019 is also strongly positioned in the areas of workshop outfitting and suppliers for vehicle construction. Alongside veteran exhibitors such as Winkler Fahrzeugteile, Hofmeister & Meincke, Suer Nutzfahrzeugtechnik, BPW, JOST and SAF Holland, Karlsruhe Trade Fair also welcomes for the first time other market-leading suppliers and outfitters such as WM SE Unternehmensgruppe and Titgemeyer Gruppe.


The sixth NUFAM – Trade Fair for Commercial Vehicles takes place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 26 to 29 September 2019. The trade show’s exhibitors present the full spectrum of products and services in this industry: vehicles in all weight classes, e-mobility, alternative drives and hybrid systems, vehicle bodies and trailers, cranes and hoisting equipment, tyres, parts, accessories, workshop outfitting, telematics solutions and services. As a first-rate meeting place for personal networking in these sectors, NUFAM offers symposia on themes such as telematics, vehicle workshops, municipal vehicles and cargo securing, as well as lectures and roundtable discussions on topics currently impacting the industry. NUFAM also serves professional visitors as an important platform for investment decisions.

NUFAM with a new style at the IAA Commercial Vehicles

“Get things moving!” is the new claim of NUFAM – The Trade Fair for Commercial Vehicles. As a central platform for information about the theme of commercial vehicles, NUFAM is constantly evolving. In this context, NUFAM takes into consideration technical and regulatory challenges in the industry, as well as the driving forces of digitization, alternative drives and urban logistics, which are increasingly occupying the focus of attention. The specialized trade fair’s new claim takes these developments into account.

Project Manager Jochen Bortfeld comments on NUFAM’s new slogan: “When we say ‘Get things moving!’, we simultaneously make a promise to our visitors and exhibitors: collaboratively, we can put plenty in motion. NUFAM brings together the key players in the commercial vehicles industry and joins with them to master the coming challenges. We are well prepared for the future of mobility in the commercial vehicles sector, for which we again offer a platform in Karlsruhe in 2019.”

NUFAM Halloverview Hall 3
NUFAM Halloverview Hall 3

Of course, NUFAM is also present at the year’s preeminent commercial vehicles event, i.e. the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, where NUFAM presents itself at Stand A32 in Hall 25 with a new appearance and active consulting services for interested visitors and exhibitors. NUFAM is already looking ahead to 2019, when the fair expects to host 400 exhibitors on a maximal area of over 65,000 square meters. The layout of the stand areas is undergoing further optimization so each exhibitor can have the best possible placement in the fair’s halls and/or on its outdoor grounds. Many spaces have already been booked or optioned.

NUFAM has also appeared digitally with a new look since May 2018. With the re-launch of the NUFAM website, the design has been revised and both the usability and the utilization for mobile devices have been optimized. The commercial vehicle fair’s Internet presence now offers a totally new experience for all its users, whether exhibitors, visitors or journalists.


The sixth edition of NUFAM – The Trade Fair for Commercial Vehicles takes place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 26 to 29 September 2019. The exhibitors at the specialized trade show present the full range of products and services in this branch of industry: vehicles in all weight classes, e-mobility, alternative drives and hybrid systems, vehicle superstructures and trailers, cranes and lifting equipment, tyres, parts, accessories, garage equipment, telematics solutions and services. As a top-class industry get-together for face-to-face networking, NUFAM hosts conferences about telematics, municipal vehicles and cargo securing, as well as lectures and panel discussions about current industry topics. For professional visitors, NUFAM is an important platform for investment decisions.

The final figures are out
Front of exhibition centre with promotional truck
Front of exhibition centre with promotional truck

In its fifth season, and this commercial-vehicle trade fair is still growing in strength. Analysis of the final figures reveals that 23,006 international trade visitors and journalists (2015: 22,800) attended the four-day event (28 September to 1 October 2017) at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre to bring themselves up to date with the latest product innovations, exchange views and ideas with partners and customers, and to conclude business deals or get them rolling. This year, NUFAM featured an even wider range of products and services, occupying the entire trade-fair grounds for the first time. The full performance spectrum of the commercial-vehicle industry was presented by 370 exhibitors from 17 countries.

A Profitable Platform

NUFAM 2017 came to a successful conclusion. The full spectrum of products and services in the commercial vehicles industry was shown by 370 exhibitors from 17 countries. Presenting an even broader selection this year, NUFAM occupied the entire fairgrounds for the first time. Over 20,000 participants explored the unprecedentedly large exhibition area, which spanned more than 70,000 square meters. NUFAM registered significantly higher business activity among the specialized visitors: one in five made investment decisions onsite and one in three is concretely planning to purchase items after the fair, which accordingly promises growth of 10% compared to the previous event. Investments made directly at the fair by professional visitors increased by 52% compared to the preceding NUFAM.

This year NUFAM NUFAM occupied the entire fairgrounds for the first time. Photo: KMK/Jürgen Rösner
This year NUFAM NUFAM occupied the entire fairgrounds for the first time. Photo: KMK/Jürgen Rösner

“NUFAM’s evolution is a success story. Favourably positioned in the economically strong region of southern Germany, this fair is an excellent platform for investment decisions by industry visitors from throughout Germany and its neighbouring countries. Our accurately targeted solicitation of German professional visitors led to record-breaking sales by the exhibitors”, Britta Wirtz summarizes. The fair’s national importance is also evident in the strong interest shown by policymakers and relevant associations. For example, Winfried Hermann, Minister for Transport of the State of Baden-Württemberg, paid two visits to NUFAM, thus further emphasizing the fair’s importance.

NUFAM – A Forum for Decision-Makers

For the first time in its history, NUFAM attracted visitors from all of Germany’s federal states. The percentage of specialized visitors who travelled more than 300 kilometres to attend this event rose markedly for the second consecutive time, posting a seven percent increase this year. The exhibitors noticed this too: “We can feel that the catchment area has continued to grow compared to the previous fair. We held discussions with customers from neighbouring foreign countries. For example, we had several customers from France at our stand”, emphasizes Hans Brunner, Regional Sales Director, F.X. Meiller Fahrzeug- und Maschinenfabrik-GmbH & Co KG. Daniel Thommen, Managing Director of the telematics expert Lost n Found AG, is likewise pleased by the large number of European professional visitors: “We reach potential new customers here and we had several prospective buyers from Switzerland, Austria and Lithuania at our stand.”

NUFAM particularly scored points with the exhibitors thanks to the large percentage of specialists among its visitors. Exhibitors especially praised the quality and frequency of the visitors at their stands. This was confirmed, for example, by Christoph Huber, Sales Director at MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH: “But above all, it’s important for us that we really did brisk business here. We had a significantly larger number of successful transactions this year than at the previous fair and we are pleased that we sold several hundred trucks.”

Alternative drives and numerous new products spark visitors’ enthusiasm

The exhibitors further increased their utilization of NUFAM as a forum for market launches. New and innovative players in this industry also presented their products and concepts at the trade show. “We specifically showed our electric commercial vehicles for cities and metropolitan areas to our customers and we initiated many good business contacts. We were definitely able to reach our target group of large fleet customers”, says Marcus Arens, Director Marketing and Sales at Streetscooter GmbH. In addition to viewing new products, visitors were also very strongly interested in classical vehicle and trailer construction: “We were quite successful here. We made successful deals and prepared the ground for numerous future transactions, so we are very satisfied. We will certainly return two years from now”, says Markus Wiedemann, Sales Director at Humbaur GmbH.

Visitors likewise strongly appreciated the extensive framework programme for transport and logistics companies, as well as the “Theme Days” for tradesmen and professional truck drivers. The “Treffpunkt Kommunal”, i.e. the “Municipal Meeting Place”, was especially warmly received: many municipal decision-makers took advantage of this top-class event as an opportunity to acquire pertinent information. Municipal fleet managers showed particularly avid interest in vehicles with zero-emission and low-emission drives.

NUFAM looks forward to welcoming its 100,000th specialized visitor at the next fair, which will take place from 26 to 29 September 2019.


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