More than 300 exhibitors from ten countries, thousands of visitors and over 50,000 m² of exhibition space: welcome to the NUFAM 2013. This was the third time that experts, service providers, manufacturers and other stakeholders gathered at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center. In three exhibition halls as well as in an open air area, visitors could discover virtually everything the commercial vehicle industry has to offer. Beside semitrailers and other familiar guests, there were also several vans among the highlights of the fair.
The Oberaigner stand was all about offroad transport. Visitors still doubting the offroad capabilities of the 4×4 version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter were definitely convinced upon seeing the Oberaigner 6×6. Three driven axles, up to five differential locks as well as its robust design guarantee a great offroad experience. The truck Futuria is not necessarily made for rough terrain, but to be honest: you wouldn’t really want to take it there. Under the slogan “avant-garde in motion”, the manufacturer MOST shows what is possible when it comes to vehicle design and equipment. While the Futuria’s roof – or rather: the rooftop terrace – features a yacht-style wooden floor and a jacuzzi, the back of the vehicle still offers enough room for a second car – in this case, it is a Dodge Viper SRT-10.
In contrast to this outlook into the future, the German stakeholder association for historical construction vehicles IghB (Industriegemeinschaft historische Baumaschinen) rather focussed on the roots of commercial vehicles. Beside a 1964 Robur LO 1800 AK and a 1976 MAN 15.216, a beautifully restored 1958 Mercedes-Benz LAK 312 presented one of the highlights. Featuring an original HIAB crane, the LAK is still used today to recover historical equipment and machinery. If the object to be lifted is not a big truck, the Arpo cranes would definitely be able to support the old veteran. The loading cranes Hummel GSK and ELO 500 are designed to be integrated into pick-ups and vans. Considering the rather small dimensions, their maximum hoisting capacity of 500 kg is quite remarkable. And X-Konzept by Orten is just as small and efficient. The mega-chassis provides a basis big enough for a beer pump, a bar with a sink and even for a walk-in cold store.
And the NUFAM framework programme was very attractive as well. At their stand, the company Atlas proved together with a circus artist that even utility vehicles can be very elegant. On the other side of the exhibition grounds, the German Transport Association’s rollover simulator provided courageous visitors with the opportunity to experience what a severe accident feels like. And in the open-air area, the German Dekra along with the Red Cross and the fire brigade demonstrated in a very informative and impressive way how an accident truck is actually recovered.
And to make sure that the children have fun as well, some of them had the opportunity to pull a multi-ton Setra-Bus with the support of the world record holder and strongman Franz Müllner.
In September 2015, the Commercial Vehicle Fair will take place for the fourth time, with new and innovative products, numerous exhibitors and a framework programme which will hopefully be as interesting and entertaining as last year’s.