Despite the uncertain global economic climate, bauma 2016 in Munich, Germany, from April 11 to 17 attracted around 580,000 visitors from 200 countries. Attendance was more than 9% higher than the previous bauma in 2013.
After Germany, the top 10 countries of origin among visitors were Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, UK, Sweden, the Russian Federation, Poland and the Czech Republic.
A total of 3423 exhibitors, including 1263 from Germany and 2160 from 58 other countries presented their products, developments and innovations on a record 605,000 square metres of exhibition space. Exhibitors from outside Germany accounted for 63% of the total, higher than ever before.
Messe München chairman and CEO Klaus Dittrich said, “The response from the participants was amazing. The visitors at bauma always come looking to invest, but this year the exhibitors’ order books filled up much faster than expected. Many exhibitors are talking about a record level of demand at bauma 2016. And that is an extremely positive sign in the current climate.”
VDMA Association for Construction Machinery and Building Material Machines chairman Johan Sailer agrees: “bauma is the ideal platform for presenting innovative new developments, because it has a big impact in the industry around the world. Again in 2016 the world’s largest show of construction machinery will deliver impetus for further growth in our sector.”
Liebherr-International AG director Stefan Heissler said, “bauma 2016 was a tremendous success for Liebherr. We received many orders from a wide variety of different markets. In some segments our expectations were even exceeded.”
Wirtgen Group managing partners Jürgen and Stefan Wirtgen said, “bauma as the leading trade fair has always been a kind of barometer for the industry and from the start it had a very special significance for our company. Our presentation at this year’s bauma is the most successful so far in the history of the company.” The mining section at bauma also received a positive response. SBM Minerals managing director Erwin Schneller said, “bauma is very 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.”
Masa sales director Frank W Reschke said, “We are very 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.”
Another characteristic of bauma is that for exhibiting companies it is major platform for premiering innovations. Terex Corporation CEO and president John L Garrison said, “Every three years bauma offers us the unique opportunity to meet with customers from around the world. As the largest trade show in our industry, it is a good opportunity to showcase new products and services.”
Komatsu Europe managing director and CEO Masatoshi Morishita said, “We make use of the attention bauma attracts to present our innovations. This event is a milestone for the industry. It’s not only Komatsu that tries to get certain machines ready in time for bauma. This trade show really drives the entire industry forward.”
The next bauma takes place in Munich from April 8 to 14, 2019.