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2019-10-02
NUFAM Closes With Record-breaking Statistics
Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
A total of 408 exhibitors from 13 countries presented the industry’s entire range of products and services at NUFAM from 26 to 29 September. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

NUFAM, the trade fair for commercial vehicles, closes its gates today after having set a visitor record: approximately 26,000 visitors came to the trade fair to learn about the latest innovations in the world of commercial vehicles. A total of 408 exhibitors from 13 countries presented the industry’s entire range of products and services at NUFAM from 26 to 29 September. The percentage of international trade visitors increased compared to the previous year. Visitors from more than 20 different countries came to Karlsruhe to attend this year’s fair. Fully 94% of the fair’s visitors gave top marks to NUFAM’s products. Over 80% of this year’s exhibitors intend to return again as participants at NUFAM 2021.

Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Karlsruhe Trade Fair, draws a positive conclusion from this sixth edition of the trade fair for commercial vehicles: “NUFAM 2019 was extremely successful. Now in its tenth year of existence, NUFAM welcomed visitors from all over Europe, especially from France, Switzerland and the Benelux countries. This internationalism marks an enormous increase in NUFAM’s reach. Record-breaking sales by our exhibitors underscore the fact that NUFAM’s visitors are indeed eager to make investments.”

Klaus Foser from Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone GmbH clearly felt this eagerness: “We are very satisfied with our first appearance at NUFAM and we have received plenty of positive feedback. We had good contacts with customers and prospective customers, we were able to close a number of major deals, and we also have many offers in the pipeline for post-fair business.” Foser is by no means alone with this positive experience: 82.5% of NUFAM’s exhibitors are satisfied with the business success of their participation at the fair.

Both the quality and the internationality of the trade visitors at NUFAM are impressive. Detlev Schwarznecker from Aeolus Tyres also notices this positive development: “The trade visitors here at the fair are no less international than the exhibitors. The trade visitors mostly come from Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France and Portugal. NUFAM is precisely where we meet our target group and we have already held many positive discussions here. Numerous original equipment manufacturers, trailer and also vehicle manufacturers, who drive with our tyres, come here and update themselves about our newest products.”

Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
Many companies use NUFAM to present their vehicles and product innovations to the public for the first time and to launch these innovations on the German market. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

A well-established platform for vehicle premieres and alternative drives

Many companies use NUFAM to present their vehicles and product innovations to the public for the first time and to launch these innovations on the German market. Peter Hörstke of Emil Frey Toyota Zentrum in Karlsruhe confirms that NUFAM is the perfect podium for premieres of new vehicles: “As an exclusive preview at our stand this year, we were privileged to present the Toyota Proace City in collaboration with Toyota Germany. We are very satisfied because the vehicle attracted a great deal of admiring attention. Immediately after the halls opened, there were already an incredible number of visitors at our stand.” Sales of the new Toyota high-roof station wagon are scheduled to begin in January 2020. The visitor survey clearly shows that NUFAM’s exhibitors meet an interested audience of people who are keenly interested in presentations of new products: 94.7% of the fair’s visitors expect to see product innovations at NUFAM.

Many visitors came to the fair expressly to learn more about e-mobility, alternative drives and hybrid systems. The strong presence of alternative drive technologies at exhibitors’ stands definitely paid off. Steffen Pfister of MAN Truck & Bus Germany is delighted with his company’s successful appearance at the trade fair: “We presented both our latest alternative drive technologies and our classic product range with internal combustion engines. We deliberately decided to considerably enlarge our stand area this year and we received very positive feedback from our customers. The enormous number of vehicles sold clearly proved that our decision to expand our stand was absolutely correct.”

Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
Visitors from more than 20 different countries came to Karlsruhe to attend this year’s fair. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

Visitors and exhibitors alike appreciate the supporting programme on new mobility

Programme highlights on new mobility concepts, e.g. the New Mobility Tours and the Future Mobility Road Show, attracted particularly large numbers of interested visitors. New Mobility tours of the fairgrounds took place for the first time on Friday, 27 September. As part of these tours, Orten Electric Trucks presented its new E35 electric-powered sprinter with mobile battery charging station. “We consider it extremely important that the tours focus on new mobility concepts. We need a forward-looking technology that already shows today what we can expect to encounter in coming years. In this respect, we are very pleased to see that NUFAM offers a platform for this modern technology.”

The Future Mobility Road Show was jointly organized by Karlsruhe Trade Fair, IHK Karlsruhe, Hochschule Karlsruhe Technik und Wirtschaft and the Automotive Engineering Network (aen). This show took place for the first time at NUFAM, where it similarly attracted throngs of interested visitors. A fleet of a dozen vehicles ranging from an electric-powered cargo-carrying bicycle to a hydrogen-powered bus drove through Karlsruhe’s city centre to present the variety of alternative drive technologies to the general public.

NUFAM’s other supporting programme was likewise well attended. It included specialist days dedicated to load securing, telematics and municipal vehicles, as well as the Truck Driver Forum.

Binding registrations for the upcoming seventh fair had already been received from all exhibitor segments by the end of this year’s fair. The next NUFAM will take place from 30 September to 3 October 2021 at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre.

Additional Comments from Exhibitors

Jens Schroth, Sales Manager DACH Kögel Trailer GmbH

“We are exhibiting at NUFAM for the third time. This year we had a very good presence for our vehicles on a larger indoor stand area and at our open-air presentation. We held plenty of good discussions and welcomed many qualified visitors to our stand, including some international trade visitors. We did a lot of good business: we closed many deals and we started others, so we are completely satisfied. We will surely be back again two years from now.”

Diana Rübsam, Head of General Sales NKW, WM SE

“We came here with the goal of being even more present in the commercial vehicle sector and addressing new customers. In addition, we wanted to show what is behind WM SE as a full-range supplier in the areas of paintwork, workshop equipment, spare parts for cars, vans and commercial vehicles, and the associated services. We have definitely achieved these objectives. Many trade fair visitors ordered goods directly at our stand. We created our own trade fair catalogue with special trade fair campaigns especially for NUFAM. For us, NUFAM is an all-round success.”

Peter Hörstke, Fleet & Business Manager, Emil Frey Toyota Zentrum Karlsruhe

“We are so very satisfied that we spontaneously decided to already book our presence at the 2021 trade fair. We had very good business contacts in the magnitude of approximately 100 vehicles. Beginning in January 2020, we will be launching Toyota Professional, a special commercial vehicle division, with various commercial vehicles for diverse purposes. To draw attention to this new portfolio, we have already been able to present a number of vehicles at NUFAM.”

Alexander Ledig, Sales Key Accounts Germany SAF Holland

“SAF Holland has been present at NUFAM since 2009. We are very satisfied with our appearance at the fair. Thursday was an especially good day for us this year. We held good conversations and there is always something going on at our stand. I meet my target group here. The visitors at our stand are often fleet managers and managing directors. The majority of them were already knowledgeable about our products even before they came to our stand to get learn latest news.”

Peter Cappelletti, Head of Sales and Marketing KM Conversion

“We are very satisfied with NUFAM, its organisers and its visitors. We initially had concerns that Saturday would bring many private customers but only a few trade customers. This was not the case at all: we welcomed plenty of interesting customers to our stand, also on Saturday. Our target groups are municipalities and local authorities, but we also had visitors from the trades, for whom our electric commercial vehicle is an interesting product. This opens up a new target group for us. Another important aspect for us is cross-linking with competitors: we very much appreciate this networking at NUFAM.”

Oliver Weber, Managing Director Powertec

“By Thursday morning, we had already achieved our expectations for the entire trade fair. We sell electric vehicles from four manufacturers and all of these products were in great demand. We have already booked again for 2021.”

2019-09-25
400 Exhibitors Present Innovations in Commercial Vehicles
NUFAM covers a total exhibition area of 70,000 square metres, comprising all four halls and the adjoining outdoor area. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
NUFAM covers a total exhibition area of 70,000 square metres, comprising all four halls and the adjoining outdoor area. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

Tomorrow NUFAM will open its gates for the sixth time under the motto “Get things moving!” From 26 to 29 September, approximately 400 exhibitors from 13 countries will present the entire spectrum of the commercial vehicles industry: vehicles in all weight classes, bodies and trailers, tyres, parts, accessories, workshop equipment, telematics solutions and services. Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Karlsruhe Trade Fair, says: “From alternative drives to digital innovations, we will experience the mobility of the future in the commercial vehicle sector on four consecutive days. The industry presents its latest transport solutions at NUFAM. Our trade fair for commercial vehicles is the ideal platform for this because it reaches a trade audience with a keen willingness to invest.” Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre looks forward to welcoming over 25,000 visitors to NUFAM, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. For the first time, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure will serve as the fair’s patron, together with the Ministry of Transport of Baden-Württemberg.

Innovative mobility concepts for the commercial vehicle sector

NUFAM covers a total exhibition area of 70,000 square metres, comprising all four halls and the adjoining outdoor area. The trade fair proudly reports growth in all exhibitor segments in 2019, especially in the sectors of body and trailer manufacturers, vehicle construction components, and workshop equipment.

The exhibitors at NUFAM present their latest transport solutions, which will formatively shape the mobility of the future. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) presents regenerative fuels derived from plant residues. Intended for use like conventional fuels in petrol or diesel engines, these regenerative fuels are currently undergoing testing in passenger and freight traffic. The full spectrum of alternative drive systems will also be on display at the stands of leading manufacturers such as DAF, Daimler, IVECO, MAN, Scania and Volvo. In view of current discussions about pollutant and noise emissions, MAN is focusing on electric vehicles; at its stand, the industry’s key player shows several electrified trucks in the medium and light series for inner-city distribution traffic. Scania, on the other hand, is focusing on hybrid and natural gas drives: among other items, visitors at the joint stand of Scania’s sales partners can see a truck that is powered by an overhead line via a current collector; this truck is currently also being used on the A5 motorway test track in the ELISA project. In addition to light and heavy commercial vehicles, NUFAM’s exhibitors also show mobility concepts for the so-called “last mile”: Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone, for example, presents the award-winning Rytle project with city hubs and electrified cargo-carrying bicycles.

As in past years, NUFAM again features numerous vehicle and product premieres in 2019. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
As in past years, NUFAM again features numerous vehicle and product premieres in 2019. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

Vehicle premieres and presentations of innovations

As in past years, NUFAM again features numerous vehicle and product premieres in 2019. Meiller presents the ZSK-ti thermally insulated three-sided tipper body to the public for the first time. The ZSK-ti is optimally suitable for asphalt transport and other transport tasks. SAF Holland presents new models of the SAF Hercules landing leg series and a new steering concept from the SAF INTRA vehicle family. Junge Fahrzeugbau GmbH premieres the new version of the LIGHTSTAR box body with side sliding tarpaulin for extraordinarily adaptable lateral loading and unloading over the last mile. Van Select, the first online portal for configuring light commercial vehicles, presents a full range of conversion and superstructure solutions. All of these vehicles are based on the new Renault Master, which celebrates its premiere in this wide variety in Germany at NUFAM. The sector of light commercial vehicles and vehicle fitters is also represented at the fair by strong brands such as Mercedes Benz, VW and Toyota, as well as bott and Sortimo. Visitors can also find increasingly many digital product innovations at NUFAM. For example, Continental presents the new “fleetmatchApp”: the app, which will be available for drivers and fleet operators beginning in September, networks both target groups and facilitates transparent mutual evaluation. myschaden24.com likewise presents a new digital app, which the start-up company developed to efficiently record damage reports via smartphone directly at the vehicle.

Clearly structured visits to the trade fair thanks to hall focal points and guided tours

Logically grouped subject areas inside the halls enable trade visitors to clearly structure their visits to the trade fair. Numerous suppliers of workshop equipment and parts present their latest products in the “Workshop, Parts, Accessories” area in Halls 1 and 2. Visitors can familiarize themselves with the latest telematics solutions and update their know-how by attending lectures and discussions in the telematics area (Hall 3) with its adjacent Telematics Forum and in the “Telematics VIP Lounge”. Job search, further training opportunities, and networking with associations and institutions are the focal points in Hall 3, while tyre manufacturers and tyre dealers are highlighted in the dm-arena. The four exhibition halls and the open-air exhibition area are complemented between the halls by the Municipal Mile, where commercial vehicles for the municipal sector are presented, and by the Demopark with its comprehensive public programme.

The supporting programme for specialized visitors was expanded in 2019 to also include visitor tours on the subject of New Mobility. Exhibitors present their latest products and show what is already possible today in the areas of alternative drives, digitization and autonomous driving. NUFAM offers specialist days on telematics, municipal vehicles and load securing to provide accurately targeted information for decision-makers from the transport, freight forwarding and logistics sectors, small and medium-sized enterprises, the skilled trades and the municipal sector. The everyday working life of professional drivers is the subject of panel discussions in the Truck Driver Forum. The NUFAM Challenge transitions from theory to practice and seeks the best professional driver in Germany.

2019-08-30
NUFAM: Focus on Mobility of the Future

Alternative drives, autonomous driving and digital assistance systems are major trends and timely topics of discussion in the commercial vehicle sector. Mobility of the future is not only a theme at the stands of 400 exhibitors from 13 countries, but is also firmly anchored in NUFAM’s supporting programme. The extensive programme for trade visitors has been expanded even further for the sixth edition of the commercial vehicle trade fair from 26 to 29 September. Guided New Mobility tours of the trade fair will be offered for the first time.

In panel discussions experts speak about the mobility of the future (credits: Messe Karlsruhe/ Jürgen Rösner)

Tours and Roadshow show new mobility

During the New Mobility tours, exhibitors will present their innovations from the fields of alternative drives, digital assistance systems, and vehicle and product premieres relating to new mobility. For example, Orten Electric Trucks will present ET 35M, an electric sprinter with mobile battery charging station. KM Conversion is showing a small electric commercial vehicle for municipal use. And S&G Automobil AG presents both an eVito and the new Actros 5 with various digital assistance systems. Interested visitors can book tickets for the New Mobility tours in advance in the online ticket shop. The guided tours will take place on 27 September.

Future-oriented vehicles will also be on display outside the exhibition grounds during NUFAM. The Future Mobility Roadshow, which is jointly organized by Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, IHK Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and the Automotive Engineering Network (aen), will take place as part of NUFAM on 26 September. Vehicles that are not powered by conventional fuels (e.g. diesel or petrol) will travel from the trade fair via the city centre to the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, where they will be presented to the public. From cargo-carrying bicycles to heavy vehicles for freight transport, the full diversity of alternative drive technologies will be impressively presented to the general public.

Panel discussion and live demonstrations

The topic of emissions assures stimulating discussions within the industry. According to the Federal Environment Agency, around 50 million tons of CO2 are emitted by road freight traffic every year. Plans call for CO2 emissions from new buses and trucks to be reduced by 30% by 2030. Against this background, a panel discussion on the topic of “CO2 neutrality – what can the logistics industry realistically deliver?” will take place on 28 September. At the stand of Strassenverkehrs-Genossenschaft Baden e.g., experts from the association will discuss this topic with Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport of the State of Baden-Württemberg and patron of NUFAM. Afterwards, an event titled “Right-turn Assistants Save Lives” will focus on truck safety. The transport minister will participate in the presentation of the interim results of a field test of turning assistants conducted by the Steinbeis Transfer Centre Mobility and Logistics in cooperation with the Association of Forwarders and Logistics in Baden-Württemberg. The research project is funded by Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of Transport. A subsequent live demonstration in the demo park in the outdoor area will show the behaviour of the so-called “blind spot” with and without a right-turn assistant.

Information platform and industry meeting place for personal networking

NUFAM offers Trade Days focusing on telematics, municipal vehicles and load securing in order to provide relevant information for decision-makers from the transport, freight forwarding and logistics sectors, small and medium-sized enterprises, the skilled trades and the municipal sector. Two guided tours of the exhibition grounds will take place as part of “Treffpunkt Kommunal” [“Municipal Meeting Place”] on 26 September. Accompanied by municipal experts, the exhibitors will present live demonstrations of vehicles, superstructures and attachments for municipal requirements. For example, PL Fahrzeugbau GmbH will show an aluminium tipper with tool cabinet on a street scooter. In addition, various side and roll-off tippers, as well as thermal insulation, will also be on display. Decision-makers from the municipal sector use this platform for information and knowledge sharing.

On two Telematics Days (26 and 27 September) and at the eponymous forum, trade visitors will be able to learn about current topics in digitization for the transport and logistics sector. In lectures and roundtable discussions, questions relating to vehicle telematics will be discussed, for example, the acquisition of trailer telematics: “Directly from the manufacturer or from an external specialist – which solution is better?” Trade visitors can explore further exciting telematics solutions from manufacturers in a relaxed lounge atmosphere at the “Telematics VIP Lounge”, which is organized by the Telematikmarkt.de media group and adjacent to the forum.

Practical scenarios and current cargo securing topics, e.g. legal regulations and liability issues, will be discussed in the Cargo Securing Forum on 28 September. The Demo Park will also host practical demonstrations of driving dynamics to illustrate the importance of correct load securing. Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre is organizing the forum in cooperation with its specialist partner “Königsberger Ladungssicherungskreis”.

At the 'Treffpunkt Kommunal' the exhibitors will present live demonstrations of vehicles, superstructures and attachments for municipal requirements. (credits: Messe Karlsruhe/ Jürgen Rösner)

Offer for professional drivers

The everyday life of professional drivers will be the focus of panel discussions at the Truck Driver Forum (29 September). Topics under discussion include the digital consignment note with blockchain, the latest on the Professional Driver Qualification Act, and the ongoing issue of a shortage of drivers and the need to recruit skilled workers. The specialist programme takes into account the technical and regulatory challenges facing the industry. Theory will be transformed into practice at the NUFAM Challenge, which is organized in cooperation with Drive Concept Wiesner and ETM Publishers. The NUFAM Challenge is looking for Germany’s best professional driver. After the contestants’ theoretical knowledge was tested in the run-up to the fair with an online questionnaire, the finalists will be called upon to prove their practical know-how at the Demo Park on 29 September.

On two Telematics Days (26 and 27 September) and at the eponymous forum, trade visitors will be able to learn about current topics in digitization for the transport and logistics sector. (credits: Messe Karlsruhe/ Jürgen Rösner)

Demo Park with exhibitor presentations and public activities

The wide spectrum of commercial vehicles can also be seen in the Demo Park. The first two days of the fair (26 and 27 September) will be dedicated to new product presentations. The exhibitors F.X. Meiller, Plafinger, Unsinn Fahrzeugtechnik and KM-Conversion will show their newest vehicles in action. MAN Blue Light Day will also take place here on 28 September: during the demonstration by Weber Rescue Systems, which is supported by MAN Truck & Bus Germany, three instructors will demonstrate rescue equipment such as cutters and spreaders directly on the driver’s cab. This demonstration is particularly interesting for fire brigades, THW [German Federal Agency for Technical Relief] and all other emergency services that are commonly involved in rescue operations on vehicles which been involved in traffic accidents. As a special public highlight showing how various partners work hand in hand, a truck accident and subsequent rescue will be simulated on 29 September.

2019-07-05
NUFAM shows trends in the commercial vehicles industry
Press Conference NUFAM 2019
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. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

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.

Speakers at the press conference
The Speakers at the press conference presented the latest trends in the commercial vehicles industry (left to right: moderator Andreas Eisinger, Achim Quitz, CEO S&G Automobil AG, Andrea Marongiu - Managing Director Verband Spedition und Logistik Baden-Württemberg e.V., Britta Wirtz - Managing Director Messe Karlsruhe, Alexander Lutze - Director of Innovation Lab BPW Bergische Achsen, Thomas Nußbaumer - Managing Director Palfinger). Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

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.

2019-04-25
Strong Brands and New Exhibitors at NUFAM
Four hundred exhibitors will again transform Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre into a meeting place for everyone who is enthusiastic about commercial vehicles. KMK/Jürgen Rösner
Four hundred exhibitors will again transform Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre into a meeting place for everyone who is enthusiastic about commercial vehicles. KMK/Jürgen Rösner

The available exhibition space at NUFAM – The Trade Fair for Commercial Vehicles (26 - 29 September) had never been booked as quickly as it was for this year’s upcoming sixth edition. Five months still remain before the next NUFAM begins, but over 90% of the space in the four halls and on the extensive open-air exhibition area has already been bindingly reserved. First-time exhibitors will occupy 25% of the available area. Four hundred exhibitors, many of which are key players in the industry, will again transform Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre into a meeting place for everyone who is enthusiastic about commercial vehicles.

Increased numbers of exhibitors made it necessary to optimize the spatial planning

The sixth NUFAM will welcome circa 400 exhibitors, including 70 newcomers that will be exhibiting at the specialized trade fair for the first time. Furthermore, many longstanding exhibitors have opted to enlarge their stands. The constantly growing number of exhibitors and especially the strong demand for large stands made it necessary for the project team to optimize the spatial planning. “In addition to continuing to cultivate relationships with veteran exhibitors, we also place great importance on attracting important players in the industry to NUFAM for the first time. Not only will the upcoming event host more exhibitors than ever, but 25% of these companies will present themselves at NUFAM for the first time. To provide space for the additional exhibitors, we have optimized our catering areas and other special areas to accommodate new stand presentations”, reports NUFAM’s Project Director Jochen Bortfeld.

Big players from the vehicle and superstructure manufacturers will be represented onsite

NUFAM’s exhibitors present the full spectrum of products and services in the commercial vehicles industry. Leading manufacturing brands such as DAF, Daimler, IVECO, MAN and Scania will be represented at NUFAM, as will superstructure and trailer manufacturers such as Kässbohrer, Dautel, Schwarzmüller, Kögel and Humbaur. First-time exhibitors among the superstructure manufacturers include key players such as Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone, Lamberet Deutschland and BENALU SAS. Philipp Klause, sales director for transporters at LAMBERET Deutschland GmbH, comments on his company’s debut at NUFAM: “NUFAM’s importance has grown steadily during the past years. As an international manufacturer of high-quality refrigerated vehicles, we plan to show specialized visitors many innovative solutions for transporting refrigerated or frozen cargo. In addition to cooling and deep-freeze van bodies and refrigerated semitrailers from the Lamberet brand, we will also present our refrigerated transporters from the Kerstner brand. We especially want to use NUFAM to spark interest in our products, to make new contact, and to get to know potential new customers.

Exhibitors are enlarging their stand presentations

Many returning exhibitors will have unprecedentedly spacious stands at NUFAM in 2019, which will also feature renowned exhibitors and large presentations in the fields of vehicle manufacturing and workshop equipment. The vehicle manufacturing specialist Hofmeister & Meincke, for example, will be represented at a larger stand with an overall area of 300 square metres. The decision-makers at this Bremen-based company did not fail to notice that NUFAM is drawing increasingly larger numbers of exhibitors: “From our point of view, it appears that NUFAM has clearly improved the quality and increased the number of big-name exhibitors from our industry. As a North German dealer in vehicle parts and components, Germany’s southern and south-western regions are strategically significant for our efforts to acquire new customers. Furthermore, many potential customers from these southerly regions prefer not to make the long journey to the IAA in Hanover, but go to NUFAM in Karlsruhe instead”, explains Paul Franke, director of digital marketing and communication at Hofmeister & Meincke GmbH from Bremen.

The trend toward progressively larger stand areas continues unabatedly strong. MAN, for example, will present itself on an overall area of 1,500 square metres, thus more than tripling the size of its stand space. BPW, Titgemeyer Group and WM SE have likewise decided to significantly enlarge their stands. NUFAM’s open-air exhibition area will also be expanded for the upcoming event. In addition to the Municipal Mile, which displays commercial vehicles for use in municipalities, this area will focus primarily on loading cranes. The full spectrum of crane technology will be on display both here and inside the halls by Palfinger, ATLAS, Hiab, HMF and many other exhibitors. The diversity of the commercial vehicles industry will also be shown live at NUFAM in the newly redesigned Demo Park: digitized with a large-format screen, live camera technology and a professional sound system, the Demo Park offers exhibitors totally new ways to present their vehicles in 2019.

2018-11-20
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.

About NUFAM

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.

2018-08-30
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.

About NUFAM

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.

2017-10-12
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.

2017-10-01
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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