Biggest truck and automotive shows of 2020

Last year, we took a closer look at European automotive shows for 2018. However, the automotive landscape has changed quite a bit since then. That’s we’ve decided to put together a new article, looking at the most important automotive shows of 2020.

One of the most important developments is the rise of electric vehicles. Inside EVs—a key new source for the electric vehicle industry—says that 2020 will be the breakthrough year for electric vehicles. As such, we’ll be focussing on shows that include electric vehicles in their programmes. Since we’re big Trucking Tuesday fans, we’ll also be looking at European truck shows in this article.

Biggest automotive shows of 2020

There are plenty of car shows to look forward to across Europe next year; electric vehicles have been a part of this scene for some time.

Geneva International Motor Show–Gim Swiss


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The Geneva International Motor Show is a key event on any motor fan’s calendar. The show has been recognised by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers as one of the top five motor shows in the world. It’s also the only one to be held in Europe every year, and is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2020.

A highlight of this year’s event is the electric cars at the GIMS-Discovery dedicated track. Visitors and media representatives will be able to test drive a range of electric cars, and see the potential of these vehicles firsthand. Another bonus is the GIMS-Tech exhibition; this will showcase new technologies that will influence automobiles in the future. For media members, GIMS Media Day offers an intensive conference programme with additional information.

For further details, you can visit the official website here.

Sofia Motor Show Bulgaria


This show attracts major automotive names like Ford, Audi, BMW and Mitsubishi. 2020 will mark the 25th Sofia Motor Show; an impressive milestone for any exhibition.

Visitors to 2019’s show can enjoy demonstrations of many exciting new technologies. They’ll be able to learn how advances in electronics and propulsion will transform the way we travel. Since the show is entering exciting new areas, they’re looking for new exhibitors to appear at future shows.

Learn more about what the Sofia Motor Show has to offer by visiting the official homepage.

Salon—Brussels Motor Show


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Running over ten days in January, the Brussels Motor Show provides a sales-friendly environment for over 500,000 visitors at a time. Each show represents a vast number of car and motorcycle brands, which will show off their latest products. It’s a must-see event for journalists, car fans and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Each Brussels Motor Show is organised by a non-profit association called FEBIAC. This group works proactively to create a sustainable business environment for both the motor vehicle and bicycle industries. Whether you’re coming as a visitor or exhibitor, the Brussels Motor Show has plenty to look forward to!

You can check out the official homepage for further details on this event.

Cenex LCV–Millbrook


Taking place in the UK, this event focuses on low-carbon vehicles. Its key features include a technology exhibition, an extensive seminar programme and facilitated networking with the low carbon community. Attendees can even try out a range of vehicles, including both commercially available and prototype models.

The event is run by Cenex, the UK’s first centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies. It has assistance from a range of partners including the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK and the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership. Cenex prides itself on ensuring that many key figures attend the event, including major stakeholders, key manufacturers and government officials.

Learn more about what this event has to offer by visiting the website.

Truck shows of 2020

In addition to car shows, there are several events dedicated to trucking too. Since many of our staff are involved in event transport, these kinds of events are dear to our hearts.

Truckfest Peterborough and Edinburgh


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This event has been Europe’s largest trucking festival since 1983. It consists of two national events—one in Peterborough during May, and one in Edinburgh during August. There are also six regional events across Wolsingham, Malvern, Kent, Shepton Malet, Knutsford and Newark.

The events are successful with industry figures, but they’ve also found a following amongst truckers and the general public. The events have grown in popularity over the last few years, and have plenty to offer visitors. Highlights include truck awards, appearances from top truck manufacturers, illuminated light truck parades and even stunt displays.

Get more details on this exciting show at the Truckfest website.

The City Trucks Festival La Pommeraye


This unusual festival brings together two unlikely bedfellows—trucking and music! It takes place in La Pommeraye—located in western France—and offers a weekend of music, food, workshops and showcases. Truck enthusiasts are the target audience, but anybody can attend.

Each festival boasts big trucks and a vibrant lineup of musical talent. Musicians at this year’s event include Charlie Winston, Caravan Palace and Che Sudaka. The lineup for 2020’s event has yet to be announced, but we expect a similarly exciting lineup in the future.

Get tickets for this event by visiting the official Festicket page.



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This German trade show is the world’s leading event for transport, logistics and mobility. Taking place every two years and covering vans, buses and trucks, next year’s show will look at the future of commercial vehicles in more detail.

Key topics at 2020’s event include electrical mobility, environmental protection and logistics for the towns of the future. Visitors can see a unique cross section of the industry’s value chain, including vehicles, transport and logistics. They’ll also be able to see manufacturers and many different medium-sized suppliers.

The last IAA event brought together over 2,000 exhibitors from 48 countries, surpassing 2016’s figures in the process. The show also benefits from more floor space than before; the most recent show boasted a record 282,200 square metres!

Learn more about 2020’s event by heading to the official website.

The Show Must Go On

Europe has plenty of different shows for both trucking fans and professionals. Some take a more lighthearted approach to the topic, while others are more business-focussed. A common thread across most of them, though, is their emphasis on eco-friendly vehicles and technologies. These are only going to grow in popularity over the next few years.

Our experience as an event transport provider means we know about plenty of specialist conferences and niche events. We’ve risen to the unique challenges that different events pose. We’ve even won awards for our top customer service and eco-friendly road fleet.

If you’d like some help putting on an exhibition, our exhibition transport service is a great choice. We handle all the necessary documentation and paperwork if you want to travel abroad. Once you arrive, our drivers can support you throughout the exhibition and work as you need them to. We can even provide branding options for trailers, to give your exhibition more exposure.

Give us a call today on 0113 797 898 and speak to our team of experts. The next great exhibition is closer than you might think!


The Most Popular Corporate Event and Conference Venues of Europe

As experts in corporate event trucking, we at Stagefreight have seen a wide assortment of conferences and corporate events. But one thing that’s often overlooked is the venues themselves.

There’s all kinds of weird and wonderful places to hold an event, and it’s that we’ll be shining the spotlight on in this article.

Milano Convention Centre

If you need a larger-scale event, this Italian venue might be what you’re looking for. The Milano Convention Centre was opened in 2002, but doubled in size three years later. At maximum capacity it can hold 18,000 people, with up to 4,000 in a single room. According to the official website, it’s the largest congress centre in Europe.

If you’re looking for a great exhibition space, Milano can oblige. The exhibitions halls have 54,000 square metres of exhibition space, or turned into additional plenary rooms as required. Conference rooms boast a full range of technologies including video projection, sound systems, WiFi and translator booths. There’s also parking for over 1,000 cars, direct access to Milan’s subway and even a heliport!

The Royal Armouries Museum

Located in the heart of Leeds, the Royal Armouries Museum tells the story of weapons and armour from antiquity to the present day. Their collection includes 500,000 documents and more than 70,000 items, which visitors can enjoy over five floors. Highlights include Henry VIII’s horned helmet, elephant armour from the 1600s and a rapier that’s more than 3,500 years old.

It’s known as an essential historical and educational resource, but it’s also an amazing conference venue. Choose from 11 different spaces: at full capacity the largest venue, New Dock Hall, can hold 1,500 people. Upcoming conferences discuss topics like the oldest surviving fight book, and the changing roles arms and armour play in our society. In recent months it’s even hosted celebrities like Vinnie Jones and Robert De Niro, making this one of Yorkshire’s most remarkable venues.

Austria Centre Vienna

What’s most impressive about this venue is its sheer sense of scale! The Austria Centre Vienna is the country’s biggest conference centre. It can hold up to 20,000 delegates at once, with 24 lecture rooms, 180 meeting rooms and 22,000 square metres of exhibition space. The centre also boasts state-of-the-art technical equipment, with LED lighting, swivel spotlights and much more.

Thanks to its central location, Austria Centre Vienna is surrounded by contemporary architecture and is next door to the Vienna International Centre, which holds offices for the United Nations. If you’re in Austria, this is the place to be for big decisions of any stripe. Click here for more details.

The Eden Project


This eco-friendly tourist attraction is located in Cornwall, and recreates natural environments from around the world. The Rainforest Biome is one of its star attractions, approximating forests from Southeast Asia, West Africa and Tropical South America. Visitors can also enjoy outdoor biomes, sculptures and more hands-on attractions.

Since opening in 2001, The Eden Project has hosted many different conferences and business events. As well as the chance to wander around some natural wonders, you’ll have access to AV equipment, an in-house AV technician and branded goods for attendees to take away. Learn more about this one-of-a-kind venue here.

The Palais des Congrès

This French venue is located just a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Suitable for business events and exhibitions, as well as live entertainment, it boasts three levels and 19,000 square metres of exhibition space.

The Grand Amphithéâtre alone can hold more than 3,700 visitors, with a range of smaller rooms also available. When you’re ready to unwind, dive into the various eateries and cocktail bars!

You can even enlist the venue’s event planning team if you have a smaller event you want to pull off.


Salzburg Congress

This conference centre is located in the Austrian city of Salzburg—better known as the home of Mozart and The Sound of Music. Visitors to the city will be surrounded by lush greenery, beautiful architecture and awe-inspiring mountain ranges.

The Salzburg Congress itself sits very close to the iconic Mirabell Palace, and has plenty to offer any visiting professional.

First opened in 2001, the venue has 15 conference rooms, exhibition areas across three floors, suites, office space and plenty of natural daylight. There’s also plenty of equipment available, including furniture, IT infrastructure and even interpreting services. When you’re done with the day’s events, the centre’s hotel service makes finding a room as easy as possible!


Madame Tussauds

Founded in 1835, Madame Tussauds is a legendary museum of waxwork figures. It expertly recreates celebrities and pop culture icons; everyone from Prince Harry to Luke Skywalker can be found inside. There’s also more animated attractions; learn about London’s history in the Spirit of London ride, or get up close and personal with a Xenomorph in the Alien: Escape experience.

If you’ve got work to do, the museum can be used for evening conferences instead. It has fifty years’ experience of hosting parties and events, and up to 1,000 people can attend an event at once. Professionals can enjoy exclusive use of the museum, a red carpet reception, plasma screens and event staffing as needed.

Learn more about the museum here, and learn more about business events here.

Grafenegg Castle

Feel like a king (or queen) as you conduct business in this grand Austrian castle! With a variety of architectural styles, Grafenegg Castle boasts a soaring tower, intricate facades, and beautiful castle grounds. Its outbuildings, which were added over the centuries, offer many different possibilities from weddings to trade fairs.

There are several different venues to choose from; the Auditorium boasts excellent acoustics, space for conferences and lectures, several smaller rooms and a 1,300 person capacity.

The Wolkenturm is an open-air arena that can seat over 1,600 people, with indoor video transmission available in case of bad weather.

Finish off your event at the former Riding School, which can accommodate a variety of dining options and VIP occasions! For a truly glamorous reception, you can even have musicians trumpet from the castle’s turrets.


Hesperia Barcelona Tower

Located in Barcelona, the Hesperia Tower Hotel is one of the tallest buildings in the city. It opened back in 2006, and is famous for its distinctive ‘UFO’ restaurant on the roof. As well as a place to stay the night, it’s a popular conference centre; 13 meeting rooms are available on the premises, as well as an auditorium for 480 people. There’s also free WiFi throughout the hotel, ensuring you’ll never be out of touch with your business contacts.

This venue is an excellent choice for smaller-scale, more intimate business meetings.

Congress Centre Rosengarten

Most conference centres are hotbeds of conversation, but music doesn’t typically come up much!

Germany’s Conference Center Rosengarten—located in Mannheim—does things a little differently; first built in 1900 with a beautiful art nouveau facade, it hosts everything from business events to pop concerts. The venue has over 40 halls with space for more than 9,000 guests.

There is also 8,000 square metres of exhibition space, meaning there’s dozens of possibilities.

Square Brussels Convention Centre

Sat in the heart of Europe, this Belgian conference centre has plenty going for it. Its five auditoriums can host conferences of all shapes and sizes; whether you need space for a hundred or over two thousand, the Square can oblige.

There’s also a variety of grand halls suitable for meetings or exhibitions, smaller multipurpose rooms, studios and catering areas, with additional equipment like drapery, electrical connections and translation booths available.

Add in the rich cultural offerings on Brussels’ doorstep, and this is an excellent venue for any business event!


The Convention Centre Dublin

Winner of over 40 awards, the Convention Centre Dublin sits in Ireland’s capital city. It first opened in 2010, and has hosted over 1,500 events in the eight years since! The centre can host events of any size, from small, simple boardrooms to massive, 2000-capacity auditoriums. Exhibitors can also take advantage of everything from stand catering to technical equipment.

The convention centre has also been recognised as the first convention centre to be carbon neutral constructed, and is committed to long-term sustainability.

Zappeion Exhibition Hall

Looking to surround yourself with history? This Greek venue—located in Athens—is a wonderful choice. Constructed in the 1880s for the Olympic Games, the Zappeion Hall is now a top-rate business centre. Visitors are greeted by the classic Greek columns, while inside are 4,000 luxurious square metres for exhibitions and conferences.

The central atrium is probably of special interest. Spread over more than 980 square metres, it’s perfect for conferences, concerts, cocktail parties and even sit-down dinners. Smaller rooms are available with conference tables, microphones, headsets and space for 80 people. There are even video facilities and translation booths if you really want to wow your guests.

The Zappeion itself is also close to many legendary landmarks including the Acropolis, the National Garden, the Roman Cistern and several museums.

Expect any business trip here to include plenty of unscheduled detours…


Kongress Palais Kassel

Located in central Germany, in the city of Kassel, the Kongress Palais Kassel mixes classic design with modern amenities. The venue boasts 8,500 square metres of space, divided across theatres, classrooms and banquet areas. You can even use the entrance area as an amphitheatre, which connects perfectly to the surrounding garden landscape. There’s even a hotel directly connected to the building, which provided over 150 beds and even additional conference space. And with the InterCity train station nearby, all of Europe is within easy reach.

Canary Islands Convention Centre

Classed as Spain’s most Southern region, the Canary Islands act as a bridge between Europe, Africa and America.

It’s also home to the Canary Islands Convention Centre, a truly stunning location for any conference.

The convention centre has 25 meeting rooms and space for 4,600 attendees, while the venue can reconfigure other spaces to suit the needs of the event. The highlight, though, is the Symphony Hall, which has a 100m² window that provides stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Businesses interested in holding an event here can take advantage of a range of services like stand setup, technical support, security, catering and even flower decoration.

The venue also features state-of-the-art technology such as modern audiovisual equipment, CCTV and simultaneous translation services.

Learn more about this wonderful venue here.

Whatever shape or size your conference or corporate event takes, there’s an amazing venue for it.

And when you need help to get there, look no further than the experts of corporate event trucking for the UK, Europe and more. 

Our driver will become part of your team and help you with build and setup, taking on any task big or small. We’ll also handle all the required documentation, keeping any planning headaches to a minimum.

Wherever you want to hold your conference, Stagefreight is on hand to help.

While most of our transport is to Europe, we’ve gone much further afield. Our drivers have planned routes to Dubai, Africa and even the Arctic Circle. 

Find out all about our services here.

And if you’re ready to get your corporate event on the road, call us on 0113 797 898 today. 

The Biggest European Automotive Shows of 2018

At Stagefreight, we transport event equipment for many different clients. But we don’t just facilitate live shows and theatre productions. We’re experts in exhibition transport, and we can help you organise exhibitions around the world.

Since we’ve helped clients in the automotive industry, we thought we’d put together an article highlighting some of the most exciting automotive shows Europe has to offer. They’re just the kinds of events our exhibition transport skills can be applied to.

A fan of automotive shows? View our new automotive shows of 2020 article here

Auto Messe Ried 

2-4 February

Taking place near Salzburg, this event describes itself as Upper Austria’s largest new car fair. It features representatives from Audio, BMW, Citroen and many other car manufacturers. Visitors to the event can compare over 250 models of 35 car brands. There are also several other attractions including a vintage car exhibition, children’s attractions, free workshops and even a Formula 1 racing simulator!

With a broad focus, this event offers many different opportunities. Click here to visit the official website (The official site is in German).

Automechanika Birmingham

5-7 June, Birmingham NEC

Described as ‘the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sector,’ this exhibit is an excellent opportunity for anyone in these industries.

Over 500 exhibitors are expected to attend the event in 2018, with the likes of Bosch, Magal/Arlington and Polar Manufacturing exhibiting last year. 2017 also saw over 2,000 professionals attending, from companies like Ford, BMW and Rolls Royce. There will even be 9,300 professionals from the aftermarket. Look out for companies like  Kwik Fit, AA, Tesco and Halfords!

For 2018, the event will offer a facilitated meetings programme. This programme will put visitors and suppliers in touch with one another based on their needs and resources. The event will also extend some of the opening hours to allow more time for business networking.

With workshops, demonstrations and much more, Automechanika Birmingham promises to be a thrilling event for everyone. Visit the official website for more details.

IZB Wolfsburg

16-18 October, Wolfsburg

This German exhibition brings together many different stakeholders in automobile production. Running over 3 days, it presents many excellent networking opportunities for both entrepreneurs and industry suppliers. It also offers several different conferences, meetings and forums on topics relevant to the automotive market.

In previous years over 800 exhibitors and 51,000 visitors attended the event from 29 countries. Professional visitors from industries like automotive engineering, automotive accessories, subcontracting and many more can find something worthwhile at this event!

For more information on this event, visit the TradeFairDates website.

Paris Motor Show 2018

4-14 October, Paris

Taking place every two years, the Paris Motor Show is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. The professional trade show debuts many exciting cars each time. These include production automobile and concept cars. 2016’s show featured cars from 10 different countries, with the likes of Ferrari, Tesla and Jaguar all in attendance.

This event takes place in Paris expo Porte de Versailles, Europe’s largest exhibition complex, renowned for the massive international events it plays host to. For more details, click here.

Warsaw Moto Show

16-18 November

This Polish automotive trade show promises plenty of glitz and glamour as its website promises. Last year’s show attracted over 160,000 visitors, over 200 exhibitors and 84 automotive debuts. Moreover, people visiting the event can check out the luxury vehicles showroom, a dedicated motorsports zone, and even specialised zones for tires and car care!

The event takes place at Peak Warsaw Expo, Poland’s largest exhibition centre. Located on the outskirts of Warsaw, it boasts 143,000 square meters of indoor exhibition space. Visit the official website for full details on the trade show.

These are just some examples of automotive exhibitions across Europe. There are, of course, also many more specialist exhibitions planned throughout 2018 across Europe.

And these are exactly the kind of events that Stagefreight can help you to run and organise.

Our professional and experienced drivers support you throughout the exhibition and even join your team as you need them to. And when it comes to transporting your exhibition material we can add your branding to the trailers themselves! This gives you some added promotion once we’re on the road.

Most importantly, though, we handle all the documentation and paperwork for exhibitions abroad. Whether you’re importing or exporting, working with Stagefreight for your exhibition transport makes things all the easier!

Take a look at our services pages for more details, or give us a call today on 0113 797 898.

The Rise of the Business Week

At Stagefreight we help set up many different events, from music festivals to theatre productions. But our business doesn’t end with entertainment. Today, we’d like to talk about a growing trend and how Stagefreight can help you make the most of it.


Over the last years, several cities have hosted special corporate events involving a collection of local businesses to promote the prosperity of the area. The business week as the name implies lasts over several days and requires multiple venues plus enticing seminar rooms to increase attendance. Thereby making this corporate event a large logistical undertaking.

Topics of the business week’s seminars are often around communication, digital marketing and how to best encourage more trade into the local area. There are also networking events and more informal meal networking events, where attendees can get to know each other.


The main purpose of the business week is to inform and educate other local businesses and therefore acts as a learning experience than a selling opportunity, but nevertheless offers businesses a great opportunity to increase exposure of their brand and services or products.


Business weeks are a great place to learn new things and meet new people.

The Yorkshire Mafia business group launched their latest Leeds Business Week event in October. Bringing together over 100 businesses and hosting over 100 events, it was a brilliant opportunity to learn about new topics and make new contacts.

But Leeds isn’t alone in its efforts. Wolverhampton, Humber and Inverness each held a business week of their own earlier this year, while the York business week is still to come in November.

There’s even a Responsible Business Week championing businesses that work to make a positive difference in society.


The idea of the business week is not a new one. York Business Week dates back to 2010, while Humber Business Week began back in 2004. However, their continued success (and emergence of new ones) suggests that they are here to stay, and businesses of all kinds can continue to benefit from them.

With business weeks growing in popularity across the UK, we’re confident that these will only get bigger and better over time. Bigger events require equipment and the right expertise to get everything set-up across multiple locations.


Much of Stagefreight’s work overlaps with the format of business weeks. One of the key parts of our business, for instance, is exhibitions. Whatever its format or content, we can transport exhibition materials to a venue on time and in perfect condition. We can also help set-up any exhibition materials onsite.

As well as exhibitions, Stagefreight transports materials for business conferences. These present their own challenges since conferences frequently follow location trends. This means we’ve transported materials for conferences around the world, from Africa to the Arctic.


Business week events can be serious and education-focused, or more relaxed and social-focused.

Our prior experience means Stagefreight can handle all the challenges a business week presents. We are able to transport goods safely, to a variety of locations around a city. We can help set-up on arrival, ensuring you’re ready to present any seminars or network with complete confidence. Whatever the task, Stagefreight is ready and willing to take it on.

If you’re looking to host your own business week (or improve the way you run an existing one) Stagefreight is on hand to help you out.

For a fast, obligation-free quote on your transport requirements, give us a call today on 0113 797 898.