The NUFAM commercial vehicle fair will soon showcase the latest trends and developments in freight mobility.
The event will be held 30 September to 3 October in Karlsruhe, Germany, at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Center.
About 350 exhibitors from 13 countries are expected to be at the show.
The importance of NUFAM is underpinned by the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Ministry of Transport in Baden-Württemberg.
NUFAM is among the the first major industry meetings to take place since the start of the pandemic. In order to be able to guarantee a safe visit to the trade fair, Messe Karlsruhe is in constant contact with the authorities and has developed a comprehensive protection and hygiene concept that even goes beyond the requirements of the state.
This year, New Mobility tours, which were introduced in 2019, will enable visitors to the trade fair the opportunity to take part in guided tours specifically relating to the highlights in ‘New Mobility’. Here exhibitors demonstrate alternative drives, digital assistance systems as well as other vehicle and product debuts.
König Metall is presenting a fully electric small municipal utility vehicle, while Carrier Transicold Germany is unveiling its autonomous, fully electronic cooling system for trailers.
To participate in the tours, attendees are reminded to book in advance online – the tours will occur on 1 October 2021.
The industry is also firmly anchored in the Karlsruhe technology region and the place of work for many citizens. In order to advance the automotive future with new technologies and the transformation of the country, the participants in the business breakfast will debate the necessary measures and funding opportunities from the perspective of politics.
As part of the ‘Meeting Point Communal’, there will be two guided tours of the exhibition grounds. The exhibitors show vehicles, superstructures and attachments for municipal needs in action, accompanied by municipal experts. The product presentations range from telematics solutions, three-way tippers to lifting aids for back-friendly repairs to compressed air brakes.
Three research institutions will also present the latest developments and trends in the field of renewable energies and digitalisation at NUFAM.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) deals with the production and use of renewable fuels and gives detailed insights into the research project ‘reFuels’ at this year’s NUFAM. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, in association with TBV Kühlfahrzeuge GmbH, is also dedicated to the topic of reducing CO2 emissions and relies on solar power. DHBW Ravensburg faces the challenge of digitalisation in the transport sector and presents its research work on modern connectivity solutions at NUFAM.
Gerhard Grünig from Springer-Verlag will present in his lecture ‘The way to a CO2-free commercial vehicle’, prospects for a solution for a CO2-free use of commercial vehicles. Among other things, he will discuss limit values that must be complied with in the next few years due to the EU regulation and presents the latest technologies for trucks and vans. The topics of diesel use and the promotion of alternative fuels are also discussed.
On two telematics days (30 September and 1 October) with their own telematics forum, trade visitors can find out more about current topics relating to digitalisation in the transport and logistics sector. Questions relating to vehicle telematics will be debated in lectures and roundtables. The load securing forum (1-2 October) is reportedly organised in cooperation with the specialist partner ‘Königsberger Load Securing Circle’. The importance of correct load securing is illustrated in practical vehicle dynamics demonstrations.
This year, the discussions at the Truck Driver Forum are of particular interest for trade visitors to NUFAM. Here, the everyday life of the professional driver is the focus of the panel discussions. Among other things, the forum is devoted to the question of how serious truck accidents at the end of a traffic jam can be avoided.
The NUFAM Challenge goes from theory to practice in cooperation with Drive Concept Wiesner and ETM Verlag. The best professional driver in Germany is being sought here. The theoretical knowledge of the participants was tested in the run-up to the fair with an online questionnaire. The finalists have to prove their practical experience on October 3rd in the demo park.
The full range of commercial vehicles can also be seen in the vehicle presentations by the exhibitors in the demo park. Well-known manufacturers present their latest vehicles in action. Another crowd puller is the formation of a rescue chain that shows how different partners work hand in hand in a truck accident. As a special highlight, Alex Gräff, one of the most famous professional drifters in Germany, shows all his skills in the demo park and draws creative donuts on the asphalt with his racing car. Kevin Funk and his presenter show extraordinary driving manoeuvres in their motorcycle trial stunt show – including spectacular jumps and driving without a front wheel.
Sit behind the wheel of a truck once – visitors can do this even without a truck driver’s license at the Ortenauer Kraftfahrerbund eV on 2-3 October from 11am to 6pm. The best driver is awarded daily. Visitors aged 12 and over have the opportunity to ride in a Unimog on all four days of the fair. For the youngest visitors to the fair, there is also the Unimog ‘Next Generation’ course with mini mogs, bobby cars and much more.