With the full exhibitor line up now confirmed, Euro Bus Expo 2016 — the essential European showcase for the bus and coach industry, has released its exhibitor show highlights for 2016.

Returning to the NEC Birmingham on 1-3 November for its biggest edition yet, the three day event will feature nearly 300 sector leading exhibitors representing every link of the supply chain — from the latest ‘must have’ vehicles (over 100 will be on display), vehicle interiors, accessories and workshop equipment, to IT solutions, training, legislation updates, and essential business services.

Over 9,500 key industry buyers and decision makers from across Europe are expected to attend. The following is just a taste of what they’ll see at the show:

Alexander Dennis (ADL) is exhibiting a wide range of low emission vehicles covering both single and double deck buses, and an extensive line-up of coaches; including a new-look Elite. Forefront technology will be on display, in the form of an electric midi bus — the Enviro200EV, and a double deck gas vehicle — the Enviro400CBG (stand D100).

Five years ago, BMAC launched the first LED headlights for new buses. Now, they have launched generation two — full front of bus Opti-Lux LED high beam headlights and triple function front light. They are also previewing their new launch — the first light guide technology full suite of 122mm rear lights, which will complement their existing lighting programme (stand D95).

Bowmonk Tapley is launching the T5, an online Event Data Recorder, with a built-in accelerometer, digital inputs and CAN-bus interface. The T5 records a wealth of information at very high resolution and uploads this data to a cloud-based reporting solution via 3G or Wi-Fi, for access by the fleet manager (stand F86).

As appointed UK distributor for USSC, TEK Seating is showcasing USSC’s new 9000 series driver seats. Ergonomically designed to aid driver fatigue and stress, the comfortable 9000 series is available in three options — full stroke air suspension, full stroke mechanical suspension and a limited 1/2’’ suspension stroke mechanical soft static version (stand G80).

Optare, the UK leaders in electric bus technology, is showcasing its next generation of Optare EV technology and the latest developments in its Diesel Euro 6 range (stand A50).

Vehicle safety experts Vision Techniques is officially launching BrakeSafe at the show. This multiple award-winning handbrake failsafe system automatically applies the handbrake if a driver forgets to when leaving the vehicle. It’s the only system available that prevents vehicle rollaway once and for all (stand F76).

Pride & Joy Clothing iscelebrating its 15thyear at the show with the launch of a new range of colours and corporate products. The new additions are designed to bring practicality, pride and style to Britain’s passenger transport market (stand A14).

Freeway Fleet Systems is launching a range of industry-first fleet maintenance smartphone apps at the show. Created as an integral part of enterprise level fleet management systems, the apps include engineer inspections, defect recording, electronic job cards and driver checks, and provide a speedy electronic alternative to paper based inspections (stand J23).

Ticketer is launching an industry first at the show. It’s developed a facility for operators to add bespoke coupons to tickets as they are printed from the Ticketer ETM, giving operators the ability to incentivise and reward passengers at no additional expense (stand T170).

DILAX Systems UK is launching DILAX Citisense at the show. This new piece of software enables bus operating companies to manage and aggregate together data, such as passenger counting, occupancy and weather data, to forecast expected system and transport situations. Also showcasing: automatic passenger counting, dwell time management, seat reservation management, seat occupancy management and reporting systems (stand T192).

JOSAM (a division of Car-O-Liner group) is launching a bus version of its cam-aligner at the show. A quick and easy to use wireless wheel alignment system, it can produce before and after alignment readings and is capable of measuring two axles by rolling forward in 15 minutes (stand B59).

Faiveley Transport, worldwide systems supplier to the rail industry, is a major supplier of CCTV systems for the bus market in France. They are launching a new CCTV product — Xebra 3 — for the UK market at the show (stand T178).

Maha UK is launching its MBT 5250 mobile brake tester at this year’s show. The unit is DVSA spec and ideal for businesses not wishing to excavate the floor. It can also be used as a secondary brake tester for ATF stations with high throughput (stand B73).

Backhouse Jones Solicitors is introducing BACKUP Legal Services. The unexpected can happen in the blink of an eye. If it does, operators will have enough to worry about without the anxiety of how to pay their lawyers. This new, industry specific subscription scheme provides comprehensive support/advice for a fixed annual fee (stand F12).

Celebrating its Silver Anniversary this year, Nu-Track is unveiling its new, highly anticipated, fully tested,30 seat, Hi-matic Iveco Daily, known as the ‘Stellar’ Also showcasing: the low floor, 16 seat accessible City Dash. Built with full air suspension, with no requirement for passenger lifts to accommodate entry for wheelchair users, this vehicle can be built on either the Fiat or Peugeot platform and gives the versatility to potential customers for use as a service or health board vehicle (stand E80).

Connaught PSV, a specialist new and used luxury mini and midi coach dealership, is showcasing its new Iveco 29 and 33 seat Ferqui SR, alongside the extended version of the Mercedes Ferqui Soroco in a 19 seat configuration (stand J22).

AID Fuel Oils Group is launching a new online platform, AID Lubricants. As authorised distributors of Q8 Oils products, they are able to offer lubricants for cars, vans, trucks, coaches, construction, industrial applications and more (stand G76).

Distributor TD Tyres is showcasing Continental’s new Barum 200 R Series truck tyre range for the first time, as well as the ContiPressureCheck, a tyre pressure monitoring system for coaches and buses (stand H14).

First time exhibitor, SmartDrive Systems is launching its SmartChoice programme to the UK bus and coach market. A multi-level video-based driver risk management safety solution, SmartChoice reduces collisions, improves fuel efficiency and helps bus and coach operators meet compliance requirements and decrease their total cost of risk (stand H17).

GEP TEC is launching ITMS — its new integrated Vehicle and Passenger Transport Service Management Solution at the show. ITMS, developed in conjunction with the London Borough of Camden, enables local authority transport or larger transport providers to manage internal and external fleets and provide the exact capacity required (stand B87).

B.N.E Electronics is launching its new Android version of TicketPOS, with live ticketing information in the Cloud, on smart phones and tablets, and with an integrated contactless payment solution (stand H80).

Alcoa Wheels Europe,inventor and global leader in forged aluminium truck, trailer and bus wheels, has recently launched the European model of the Ultra ONE wheel with MagnaForce alloy — the lightest heavy duty truck wheel on the market. Production will begin in early 2017 in Hungary (stand F91).

Mobile Onboard is showcasing its new Beam mTicketr ETM for the first time at Euro Bus Expo. Powered by the award-winning mTicketing platform My Mobile Tickets, the new Beam mTicketr plays a central role in their new contactless and cashless ticketing ecosystem (stand T120).

Pellys Transport & Regulatory Law recently appointed a new HR consultant, Kevin McIvor. He’ll be at the show to discuss any employment issues visitors may have. Kevin is a highly experienced HR director from the transportation and logistics sector, with over 30 years’ hands-on experience (stand C26).

Omnibus is showcasing the latest new features of its depot allocation system OmniDAS, including the newly enhanced driver communication app myDAS Touch. Also showcasing: a new version of its market-leading bus stop display software OmniSTOP. The team will also be available to discuss the open data implications of the forthcoming Bus Services Bill (stand T144).

Simms International is showcasing the next generation of NAND Flash. In Europe there has been a significant shift in data storage with SSD (Solid State Disks) outselling HDD’s for the first time during 2016. Writing data to the NAND Flash rather than a spinning disk is more secure, as most SSD’s come with a level of security to protect data. Also, SSDs have no moving parts (unlike HDDs), so are less susceptible to damage in a vibrating environment (stand T133).

Icomera is showcasing the next generation of its mobile internet solutions for passenger Wi-Fi, entertainment and other mission critical onboard applications. Its new range of hardware, being unveiled at the show, is designed to meet the business requirements of coach and bus operators on any scale (stand T122).

Eminox is showcasing its SCRT retrofit technology, which can provide operators with an effective route to comply with London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). It represents a highly cost-effective solution for bus operators, allowing them to retrofit 15 existing buses for the equivalent cost of one new Euro VI bus. Eminox SCRT also offers a solution for the proposed Clean Air Zones (CAZ) in five other cities — Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton — set to be implemented by 2020 (stand B16).

GreenRoad Technologies’ performance solution gives individual drivers instant feedback the minute they stray from safe, smooth driving — for example by heavy braking, sudden acceleration, harsh cornering or swerving. This allows drivers to self-correct and ingrain good driving habits on a daily basis. The solution is now also available in a mobile format that requires no hard-wiring and is easily downloadable to a tablet or smartphone (stand F16).

Voith Turbo is promoting its latest bus stop-start technology, health check scheme, and Smartnet at the show. Smartnet is a telemetry system, which enables engineers to remotely monitor the condition of a gearbox and driveline at all times (stand D88).

Totalkare UK is showcasing its fixed-post lifts — one of the latest additions to its diverse product portfolio. Available in a range of capacities from 16—33T, and with platform lengths of 7-18m, the fixed-post lifts are suitable for lifting most types of bus or coach. The lighter models are ideal for minibuses and other more compact public service vehicles. They can be surface or recess-mounted with a galvanised option, also available for external or wash-bay applications (stand E88).

Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership is launching its Low Emission Bus Guide at the show. The guide aims to assist bus operators looking to purchase the latest low emission buses. A range of technologies and fuels are covered in the guide, with advice on operation and maintenance, total cost of ownership, installation of refuelling/recharging infrastructure plus emission performance (stand B93).

Tulip Corporation is showcasing the BrakeMate, a device designed to service heavy vehicle brake assemblies and reduce manual lifting. Designed and manufactured in Australia, BrakeMate saves time, money and reduces the risk of injury to mechanics during the disc brake maintenance process (stand B57).

Freight Transport Association is promoting its services specifically designed for PCV operators. Its show offers this year include 20% off Passenger Transport Information and Compliance Service (PTICS), and up to 40% off AA Minibus Rescue (stand C18).

Drivers4u.net is promoting its newly qualified driver scheme — free driver supply. Taking the apprehension out of using a new driver, it offers up to five days’ free work experience. Operators can then take them on permanently or through the agency. Also showcasing: Rewards4u — driver incentive scheme, and a ‘refer a friend’ scheme for agency workers (stand G72).

E P Morris & Company has introduced incident mapping to its EPM Operational Performance Module. Also showcasing: a web application that enables mobile network inspectors and supervisors to record incidents, as well as other information, such as bus stop and road conditions, outside of the control room (stand T113).

DKV Euro Service is promoting its purchasing concepts and services, including DKV fuel and refund. Companies making journeys throughout Europe face complex purchasing situations, as diesel net prices, VAT, fuel excise duty, tolls, plus the level of refundable international tax payments, all vary. The DKV Euro Service takes these issues into consideration and helps operators save money (stand F7).

Taylor Made Designs is showcasing its latest designs, fabrics, styles and garments for transportation uniforms and workwear. They offer a quality branding service, personalised online ordering, deliveries to multi-site locations and a friendly service (stand D82).

Passenger Technology Group is showcasing Passenger. It delivers customer insights to bus and tram operators, with real-time transport data analytics platform, mobile ticketing and operator-branded passenger information apps. Their high quality software and round the clock support enables operators to provide a seamless mobile experience for their customers (stand G15).

TyrePal is demonstrating its TeleTPMS, a remote-management system, which allows bus and coach fleet managers to check the tyre pressure of all of their vehicles from any location. Also showcasing: in cab monitoring system and CANbus for manufacturers (stand B86).

Lloyd Morgan Group is showcasing its vehicle inspection, compliance audits and training solutions, which are endorsed by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT). Lloyd Morgan holds Corporate Member status of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), whom it works closely with on a range of training courses (stand E10).

Xvision Advanced Safety Systems’Vehicle Powerline Communication (VPC) allows rear sensors to be fitted quickly and cost effectively by utilising a vehicle’s existing wiring; thereby removing the need to lay extensive cabling along the vehicle’s length. This innovation results in huge time savings for operators, as well as being significantly cheaper than conventional systems (stand B68).

Eclipse Automotive Technology is showcasing its full product range at the show. Eclipsehas supplied its industry leading Testpad Extreme PC together with Jaltest diagnostic software to many major bus and coach operators. The software supports a wide range of manufacturers, and also supports a wide range of key vehicle systems, such as gearboxes, engines, suspension, brakes and more (stand A109).

Register for a free trade ticket

Europe’s biggest coach and bus trade show in 2016 will take place in hall 5 at the NEC Birmingham on 1-3 November. Operators, local authorities, transport specifiers, suppliers and stakeholders are urged to register now at eurobusxpo.com.

As in previous years, the popular routeONE Awards for coach and bus operator excellence coincides with the show, taking place on the evening of the second day (Wednesday 2 November). For further information, please visit routeoneawards.com.