Around 3,700 exhibitors from 63 countries
bauma attracts more than 620,000 visitors
With more than 620,000 visitors, bauma 2019, the world’s leading trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment, generated the best results in the exhibition’s 65-year history. The number of visitors rose by about 40,000 over the total produced during the previous event in 2016. More than 250,000 visitors came from countries outside Germany. The top 10 visitor countries after Germany were: Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland and Great Britain. The trade fair also experienced a strong increase in attendance from overseas visitors. Significant gains in this group were produced by China, Australia and Japan. More than 5,500 visitors came from China alone. The number of exhibitors totaled about 3,700 from 63 countries – likewise a record. With its unprecedented 614,000 square meters of space, the largest bauma ever held was once again a bauma filled with records.
During the 2019 edition, exhibitors unveiled a huge number of innovations and new products to the trade fair’s global visitors. Business conducted at the exhibition was correspondingly good. Many exhibitors spoke of a high willingness to invest. The record-setting bauma also had a strong impact on order books as exhibitors generated the highest sales in the history of their participation at the trade fair.
Innovation platform and economic engine
Thanks to the smooth operation of the exhibition and the consistently positive feedback by exhibitors, Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München, was more than satisfied with the results of bauma 2019: “For the industry, bauma is by far the world’s most important innovation platform and economic engine, something that we clearly saw this year. Particularly in these times of sweeping technological change that is being triggered by digitalization, bauma provides the industry with security and confidence. Thanks to the momentum in demand generated by the fair’s seven days, companies will be able to calmly face economic slowdowns. bauma 2019 highlighted the opportunity and tremendous outlook of the industry as a whole.”
Exhibitors: “The most-successful bauma of all times”
For exhibitors, bauma 2019 was a complete success, as occasionally euphoric statements about it showed. Masa Managing Director Frank W. Reschke described it as “the most successful bauma of all times.”
Once again, bauma proved itself to be a great business platform, many exhibitors noted. Andreas Böhm, a member of the Board of Directors of Liebherr-International AG, said: “We took orders from all parts of the world and made a whole lot of new contacts.”
Peri is also “taking many excellent orders home with it,” said Alexander Schwörer, Managing Director for Marketing and Sales. Joachim Schmid, Managing Director of the Construction Machinery and Building Material Association of the German Engineering Federation, said he learned one thing in his conversations with exhibitors: “Many trade fair exhibitors had a specific interest in buying when they dropped by company booths, something that fuels hopes for continuing economic stability.” bauma 2019 was impressive not just because of the internationality of the visitors who journeyed from all parts of the world to Munich. “The quality and quantity of decision makers from our target groups were exceptional,” Martin Herrenknecht said.
The clear focal point of this year’s bauma was sustainable and digital solutions. All exhibitors agreed that digitalization is a “megatrend” in the construction machinery industry, said Andreas Klauser, the CEO of Palfinger AG. Sensors and communication interfaces that collect and analyze data have become standard equipment. Overall, machines and vehicles are becoming cleaner, quieter and more efficient. Many now have electric and hybrid drive systems. “Customers’ interest in electric drive systems has never been so high as it was this year,” said Dr. Frank Hiller, Chairman of the Board of Management at Deutz AG. “It was a dominant issue at bauma 2019.” Some of the most interesting innovations were honored with the bauma Innovation Award on the evening before the trade fair opened.
The next bauma will be held from April 4 to 10, 2022, at the Messe München Exhibition Center.
Watch a bauma video with numerous statements by exhibitors from the concrete industry on CPI-tv.