2015: Engagement, innovation, internationalisation - confirmed success!

Communiqué de presse

SOLUTRANS, the International Exhibition of Road and Urban Transport Solutions, has just closed its doors. Over the course of 5 days it saw close to 36,000 visits (+ 3% vs. 2013), of which 10% were international. With over 900 exhibitors and brands (including 23% from abroad), the show succeeded even more than ever in bringing together all stakeholders in the road and urban transport sector, in an atmosphere that was both professional and friendly.

Engaging the whole sector!

Once again, SOLUTRANS brought together an exceptional and comprehensive offer with over 900 exhibitors and brands. The exhibition confirmed its ability to represent the voice of the truck sector, at the service of road and urban transport. Through its values and fundamental strengths, it demonstrated the importance of this kind of meeting to protect and mobilise a key sector of the French economy.

Rewarding innovation on high quality stands

This edition of SOLUTRANS once more drew attention to the innovative nature of bodybuilders, equipment manufacturers, vehicle manufacturers, and their superior craftsmanship. Exhibitors presented over 150 new features, proving the dynamism and innovative spirit of the industry, with stands where the high quality was noticed and mentioned by visitors.

Eight of them were awarded Prizes for Innovation in Transportation Solutions, organised by the Lyon Chamber of Commerce:

  • Bodybuilder Category – Sustainable development Winner: DURISOTTI - Gold Award winner: CHEREAU - Silver Award winner: GRUAU - Bronze Award winner: FAYMONVILLE;
  • Equipment Manufacturer Category – Sustainable development Winner: CARRIER - Gold Award winner: FORANKRA - Silver Award winner: BENNES COX - Bronze Award winner: POMMIER;

Finally, for the first time, 3 internationally recognised awards were presented at the show. The International Truck of the Year Award was awarded to Eurocargo from IVECO, the International Van of the Year awarded to the new Volkswagen T6 Transporter and the International Pick-Up Award to the NISSAN NP300 Navara.

A solid international contingent

With 23% international exhibitors from 18 countries and 10% international visitors, SOLUTRANS 2015 confirms its global footprint on the European and North Africa markets, which are up 16% and 50% respectively.

The top 5 exhibitors included: Germany and Italy in joint position, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Turkey and the Netherlands. The top 5 visitor countries were: Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany.

A place for networking and strategic decision-making

A meeting place for reflection and discussion on the challenges of tomorrow and the possible solutions, SOLUTRANS 2015 proposed numerous opportunities for a 360° market.

  • The fourth meeting of the industrial and urban vehicle sector was an opportunity to take stock of its tasks and priorities, and the prospects of infrastructure and gas products. It also allowed Eric Poyeton, CEO of PFA (1), to announce the launch of the "2020 Commercial Vehicles Plan", demonstrating the major and strategic position now held by the latter in the sector.
  • The LCV-CAPEB (2) area brought together, for the first time at SOLUTRANS, vehicle manufacturers, bodybuilders and equipment suppliers, to provide concrete answers to those in public works.
  • The TV Stage, among the new events offered in 2015, welcomed over

50 expert speakers from the transport sector. On the agenda, topics relating to the environment, standardisation of special vehicles, training, maintenance and refrigerated transport with Transfrigoroute, which was celebrating 45 years of the ATP (3). There were more than 20 programs broadcast, including all interviews and discussions which are available on the exhibition’s YouTube channel and on social networks.

Finally, one of the greatest highlights of SOLUTRANS was the gala dinner on Thursday 19th November, celebrating 170 years of the FFC (French Bodywork Federation). A friendly atmosphere, delicious food, entertainment: the evening was a delight for the 1,200 participants who will be able to look back and say "we were there".

"The FFC can be proud that its exhibition has brought together all players in the road and urban transport sector, in an atmosphere that is both professional and friendly. With all its partners, the FFC has spent two years preparing for this show which greatly contributes to the development of French industrial bodywork. I want to thank all those who helped us achieve this new success and we will see you again in 2017 for another edition of SOLUTRANS," concluded Patrick Cholton, President of the FFC and SOLUTRANS.

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