With 3,423 exhibitors from 58 countries and about 580,000 visitors from 200 countries, the expo recorded order activity higher than expected this year.
Organised in Munich from April 11-17, bauma 2016 was a seven-day show of superlatives. It attracted around 580,000 visitors from 200 countries, a rise of over 9 per cent. After Germany, the top 10 countries of origin among the visitors were Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, UK, Sweden, the Russian Federation, Poland and the Czech Republic. A total of 3,423 exhibitors û 1,263 from Germany and 2,160 from abroad - from 58 countries presented their products, developments and innovations on a record 605,000 sq m of exhibition space. Exhibitors from outside Germany accounted for 63 per cent of the total, higher than ever before.
Also, the India Day Seminar, held on April 12 received an encouraging response. At the event, M Sevala Naik, Consul General India at Munich, said, ´ We are working closely with VDMA and invite any of the exhibitors to come our country and Create in India." Also, Anand Sundaresan, President, iCEMA, emphasised on manufacturing of components in India and introduction of smaller sized construction equipment in India. Thereafter, a panel discussion took place on coal mining and power opportunities in India.
Not surprisingly, Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO, Messe Mnnchen, is delighted: ´The response from the participants this year has been amazing. The visitors at bauma always come looking to invest, but this year the exhibitors´ order books filled up much faster than expected.´ Johann Sailer, Chairman, VDMA Association for Construction Machinery and Building Material Machines, agrees: ´bauma is the ideal platform for presenting innovative new developments because it has a big impact in the industry around the world.´
No. 1 platform for signing orders
bauma is also a great place for filling the order books. Stefan Heissler, member of the Board of Directors, Liebherr-International AG, confirms: ´bauma 2016 was a tremendous success for Liebherr. We received many orders from a wide variety of different markets. In some segments our expectations even exceeded.´ Michael Heidemann, Vice Chairman-Management Board, Zeppelin, noted, ´bauma 2016 has once again shown everyone that it does indeed boost innovation, and has lived up to its reputation for being the leading trade fair.´
Jnrgen Wirtgen and Stefan Wirtgen, Managing Partners, Wirtgen Group, can only agree with this assessment: ´bauma as the leading trade fair has always been a kind of barometer for the industry, and from the start it had a special significance for our company. Our presentation at this year´s event is the most successful so far in the history of the company.´ The mining section at bauma also received a positive response, as Erwin Schneller, Managing Director, SBM Minerals, says: ´bauma is international. We had visitors from Chile to Canada, from China to Russia, from Africa to Norway. My personal highlight was that we signed up some unexpected sales at the show.´
High-quality trade visitors
There´s no doubt about it: This 31st edition of the world´s leading trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment was top class. Alexander Schwörer, Managing Director, Peri, agrees: ´For us, bauma 2016 was a tremendous success. We are satisfied with the response and high quality of trade visitors.´ Also impressed was Frank W Reschke, Sales Director and Member of the Management Board, Masa: ´We are happy with how the show went. Right from day one, we were welcoming a constant stream of guests from all over the world at our booth.
The quality of the trade audience is first rate, as it was three years ago, and we had some excellent business talks.´
Top platform for showcasing innovations
For exhibiting companies, this event is the No. 1 platform to premiere innovations to the trade audience worldwide.
John L Garrison, CEO & President, Terex Corporation, emphasises: ´Every three years, bauma offers us the unique opportunity to meet customers from around the world. As the largest trade show in our industry, it is a good opportunity to showcase new products and services.´
The next edition of bauma takes place from April 8 to 14, 2019, in Munich.
A positive experience, says Stefan Heissler, Member of the Board of Directors, Liebherr-International, Germany:
´This year, we were able to once again show our innovations, capability, performance and technological diversity to a large, international trade audience. We had interesting talks with many customers and partners from a wide range of countries. Our more than 100 exhibits in the sections on construction machinery, mining and components, evinced lively interest from our customers and we received many orders from a wide variety of different markets.´
Platform to freely discuss, says Dr Ing Eh Martin Herrenknecht, Chairman of the Board of Management, Herrenknecht, Germany:
´At bauma 2016, we have shown that tunnel projects underline the innovative strength of our industry. bauma is a great place to freely discuss with our clients, customers and industrial partners from around the world on how underground cooperation can advance.´
Seems like one big celebration, says Masatoshi Morishita, Managing Director & CEO, Marketing Division President, Komatsu Europe International, Belgium:
´Visitors came to our booth to buy. In our marketing mix, bauma is a central focus with significance far beyond Germany. We had visitors from all across Europe and around the world. We made use of the attention that bauma attracts to present our innovations.´
Exciting and successful, says Anja Wiehoff, Communication Manager, Atlas Copco, Germany:
´The sales figures just speak of the importance of bauma, including at the international level. We exceeded the goals we had set for ourselves. All the customers and target groups were at the event. This year, the customers from Scandinavia were strongly represented. We also talked to visitors from the Benelux countries, Peru, Colombia, Turkey, India, Indonesia, the US, Australia and Poland.´
Quality, says Rudy Peirs, Head of Marketing & Communications Europe, Metso, France: ´My personal highlight at this year´s bauma was the quality and international character of the visitors. They came from all around the world, with especially a lot of people from the Middle East, India and South America.´