Work Truck Week returns to Indianapolis, Indiana on March 8-11, 2022 at the Indiana Convention Center. Held virtually last year, the in-person gathering was put to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, Work Truck Week is bigger and better than ever with more exhibitors, learning sessions, and new innovations to check out.
What is Work Truck Week?
Work Truck Week is an annual gathering for everyone involved in the trucking industry—from manufacturers to customers. Visitors have been coming constantly for the past 20 years to learn about the industry’s latest products and technologies and to discuss innovations that will help improve the future of trucking.
Produced by the Association for the Work Truck Industry (NTEA), Work Truck Week is an event that gathers attendees from North America to see the latest industry products, select from dozens of training courses, and network with hundreds of exhibiting companies.
From there, customers can find new business opportunities and collaborate with different teams from management, product, and engineering. Exhibitors can interact with industry professionals and customers. See the booths set up.
According to the Work Truck Week website, the event is an opportunity for guests to:
- Get up close to new equipment offerings from 500 exhibitors
- Listen to truck OEM plans and upfitter solutions
- Learn about operational improvement strategies
- Get ideas to improve commercial vehicle design and specification
- Check out vendors’ latest offerings
- Network with current and prospective customers
What to Expect in Work Truck Week 2022
Last year’s Work Truck Week was a fully virtual event. This year, guests will have the chance to attend the event in person and experience the electrifying energy of being in the same room as the top leaders in the trucking industry.
Visitors can look forward to better formats for educational sessions and Green Truck Summit, which begin on March 8.
The Green Truck Summit will gather industry experts, OEM, and government representatives to discuss clean energy trends for commercial vehicles and operational insights for vocational truck fleets. Key highlights for the Green Truck Summit include government program and data initiatives, EV maintenance industry practices, electric vehicle (EV) grants and programs, and more.
Attendees can join the general and breakout sessions during Work Truck Week 2022. The Green Truck Summit will take place at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. According to the website, Green Truck Summit will not be available as on-demand content. However, other education sessions will have recordings.
For those who are coming for the exhibition, the doors will be open from March 9-11. Guests can watch out for the booths of Ford Pro™, Marion Body Works, Rugby Manufacturing, and more.
March 7 – 8 Registration
March 8 Develop Process Stability with Lean Fundamentals Workshop (offsite)
March 8 – 10 Education sessions
March 9 – 11 Work Truck Show exhibits
Keynote speaker Mike Rowe is one of World Truck Week’s most popular speakers since 2009. Known as the “dirtiest man on TV”, Rowe is the host of the TV series Dirty Jobs and the CEO and founder of mikeroweWORKS Foundation. Rowe, along with other personalities in the trucking industry will be at Work Truck Week to welcome and meet visitors and exhibitors for the most-awaited trucking event of the year.
What We Learned From World Truck Week 2021
World Truck Week 2021 was held online for the very first time last year. Although the event was fully virtual, participants were able to explore new products, attend demos, and watch replay sessions long after the WTW21 was over.
Like in the previous years, WTW21 brought new insights to the world of trucking:
- NTEA’s staff economist Steve Latin-Kasper estimated a 10% growth for the industry with big winners from Classes 2-6. According to Latin-Kasper good credit availability, last-mile delivery opportunities, and low-interest rates are some things to look forward to in 2022. However, issues such as COVID-19, local and political uncertainty, and general debt may also affect how the industry fares.
- Chris Lyon, NTEA’s fleet relations director, talked about work truck specifications. In his talk, Lyon discussed the specification process, which includes identifying the spec changes required, selecting the spec writer, and controlling costs.
- Bob Raybuck, NTEA Technical Services Director, shared how to complete vehicle certification labels. Raybuck discussed the four types of motor vehicle certification and stressed the importance of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard compliance analysis in the certification process.
- Dave Schaller, industry engagement director at North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), talked about the alternative fuel landscape and how it affects carbon fuel reduction. According to Schaller, there are 20 different ways to power medium-duty/heavy-duty vehicles and trailers. Although not all of them are zero emissions, they can vastly improve the impact of the trucking industry to the environment.