Press release

SOLUTRANS 2017: Highlights at the centre of an industry and its challenges

With several weeks to go before the exhibition opens (21-25 November 2017 - Lyon Eurexpo), SOLUTRANS, the international exhibition of road and urban transport solutions, is shaping up to be, more than ever before, the definitive venue for exchange and meetings for the entire sector. It will address the expectations and challenges arising in the sector and present the solutions of the future through a wide range of event highlights.

On the agenda: talks, debate, features and awards. 

Debates and discussions on headline themes

Six key themes will be discussed and examined in the show's talks and presentations: the factory of the future, new motorisations and energy, connected vehicles and roads, deliveries in city centres, training and cybersecurity.

Tuesday 21 November 2017

  • Keynote lecture of the 5th meeting of the sector – Tuesday 21 November – 3pm- 5pmroomMezzanine 3
    • Key issues for the future
    • Presentation of a White Paper, designed as a guide to choosing and purchasing all types of vehicles
      • The White Paper is the result of work conducted by GTFM véhicules gaz, a cooperation between FFC and AFGNV under the aegis of the PFA, Automotive and Mobility Sector 
      • The GTFM, or industry speciality working group, brings together a number of players from the automotive and energy industries. Its role is to address the question of alternative fuels and associated infrastructure to enable the transport sector to play an active role in the energy transition
        Speakers: Jean-Claude Girot - AFGNV; Erwan Gaudemer - BIPE; Maria-Cristina Marolda - DG MOVE, European Commission; Didier Dugrand - FFC; Jamel Taganza - Inovev; Bernard Modat - LUTB; Jean-Luc Brossard and Eric Poyeton - PFA. 

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Sweden Day

SOLUTRANS will be placing Sweden under the spotlight. On this occasion, the show will welcome an official Swedish delegation whose representatives will speak at a presentation on autonomous vehicles. 

Thursday 23 November 2017

Friday November 24th  2017

All talks and presentations will be delivered in the Norbert Detoux Lecture Theatre, Hall 4. 

Educational and futuristic features

The Training forum 

Designed and coordinated by FFC and a number of partners (AFTRAL, AFPA, the Villeneuve la Garenne Training College, the Technopolys l’Erier training college, the Compagnons du Devoir, ENS Rennes, FFC Training Department, PFA Automotive and Mobility Sector, GARAC, LUTB, the Road Safety Authority, Ain and Rhone department UIMM), the training forum will have new technologies as its central theme. Designed to be a true source of information on the opportunities and career openings offered by the industry, this space will accommodate secondary school groups and young people planning their academic and career paths, students and apprentices in the sector, industry professionals and families.

It will allow visitors to discover the job areas and existing educational options, notably in the area of new technology (robotics, digital, virtual reality, etc.) in particular through the many simulators on show dealing with painting, welding, driving, etc.

It will also help visitors to enhance their knowledge through valuable discussions and receive information on existing vocational education. It will additionally offer visibility on all of the sector’s innovation. 

Factory of the future by Immersion

A special feature on the FFC stand, located close to the show entrance, will show visitors the tangible effects of digitalisation through a demonstration of virtual reality and 3D printing. 

Talks by the firm Immersion will take place every day in the Norbert Detoux lecture theatre. They will address the challenges, use cases and advantages for the sector, feedback (Alstom, Renault Trucks), training solutions (Mimbus) and partnership conventions (FFC). 

New in 2017, the Start-up Village in the centre of hall 4

Organised in association with LUTB RACC and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional council, this space will be dedicated to smart mobility and transport. More than 20 innovative firms will present their solutions which may one day become the standards of the future! These start-ups will pitch their innovations on Wednesday November 22nd from 12.45 to 2.15pm and on Saturday 25 November from 11am to 4pm.

The CAPEB et CNATP Areas - the right vehicle for safety and company performance 

From Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 November, CAPEB and CNATP will be joining forces for the second time with FFC to create an event on their stand (Hall 4 - Stand L130) featuring informal discussions around the latest technological and environmental innovation between bodyworkers, professional vehicle manufacturers and trade firms working in the area of building and outdoor construction work.

CAPEB Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes will also be conducting special events relating to road accident prevention in association with OPP BTP.

Gala Dinner

Held at the exhibition venue itself on Wednesday 22 November, the gala evening function will take exhibitors and their VIP guests on a journey to discover the SOLUTRANS “e-motion experience”. This convivial, festive evening will also be marked by the ceremonies of the 2018 international awards and of the “Industry Personality of the Year” award.

Awards paying tribute to innovation

SOLUTRANS Innovation Awards -Tuesday 21 November - 7.00pm - Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI)

This year, the Awards will comprise:

Two categories of participants (Bodybuilders/Manufacturers and Equipment Manufacturers) compete for four awards: gold, silver, bronze and sustainable development.

The International Truck of the Year, Van of the Year and Pick-Up awards for 2018 (presented at the Gala evening) - Wednesday 22 November 2018- 7.00pm

For the second edition in a row, SOLUTRANS is to host the prize giving ceremony for three internationally-renowned accolades: International Truck of The Year, International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award. These awards, presented every year by two judging panels made up of journalists from major European trade media titles, will pay tribute to vehicles launched on the European market during the previous 12-months period.

New in 2017, the "Industry Personality of the Year – Commercial and Urban Vehicles” (presented at the gala evening)- Wednesday 22 November - 7.00pm

This award will distinguish a French or foreign personality working for the benefit of the commercial and urban vehicle industry

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