Gottschalk: Glittering start to IAA Commercial Vehicles

Commercial vehicle market at a high level in 2007

(PresseBox) ( Hanover, )
“This IAA Commercial Vehicles has got off to a glittering start - with a new record of 253 world premieres, with more exhibitors than ever and with an economic wind behind us that we have hardly ever had before. The situation has been improving for four years now. And for three years even the important foreign markets have been improving in concert. This is economic music to our ears! Commercial vehicles are the driving force pushing along the economy and growth in Germany!” emphasized Prof. Bernd Gottschalk, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), at the “Evening of the Commercial Vehicle Press” in Hanover, speaking to more than 600 high-ranking guests from international media, business and politics in Hanover.

”We dare to forecast that the capacities of our manufacturers of heavy trucks will continue to be well utilized in the foreseeable future. We may not have the wind behind us so much in 2007, but I am not worried about the continuation of this good development in the commercial vehicle business,” Prof. Gottschalk said. This is because of the increase of 27 per cent in domestic orders for heavy trucks in the period up to August. Foreign orders for heavy trucks have risen by 20 per cent. “Space for freight is scarce; fleets are being renewed; exports of goods that require transportation are climbing; business in investment goods is improving, and even the construction sector is picking up,” said Prof. Gottschalk. In August alone production of trucks over 6 t rose by 23 per cent. And in the first eight months of this year 118,000 commercial vehicles over 6 t rolled off the assembly lines, which is more than ever before. And vans are showing growth, too.

More than 2,000 journalists from over 50 countries have already been accredited for the IAA. On the two Press Days alone there are over 80 press conferences. The number of exhibitors has risen by 14 per cent to 1,556, and for the first time the proportion of foreign companies has exceeded the 50-per cent mark. The list of 781 foreign exhibitors is headed by Turkey, with 105 firms, followed by Italy. Prof. Gottschalk: “The IAA has become even more attractive to international firms in particular, and in the tough competition amongst trade fairs it has extended its leading position.”

Prof. Gottschalk added, “This industry has recognized that with its cyclical nature it has to improve productivity and costs and move towards increased working hours and more flexibility. But it also knows that what finally counts on the market is the right strategy, the optimum size and above all the products that help the customers to earn money. This also makes clear the quality in the whole value-added chain including the suppliers. This value-added partnership in particular – if lived out correctly – is what makes us strong.” Just the manufacturers of trucks, buses, vans, trailers and bodies are presenting 80 world premieres. The approx. 880 suppliers have come with 138 world premieres.
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