First publishedin World Highways
The signs are that this year's Bauma exhibition in Munich, Germany will be a record-breaking event
Work is well underway on-site for what promises to be the largest Bauma
event ever. With over 3000 exhibitors planned to cover a record breaking 550,000m², Bauma is the biggest construction equipment exhibition and for the matter, the biggest exhibition of any kind in the world.
Show organiser Messe München says that work on building some stands is already well in hand while the first machines are now being delivered and assembled. The official Bauma press preview event in January revealed that as ever, the exhibition will be a major launch venue for a large number of key innovations. The size of the event also looks set to beat previous records. The first Bauma exhibition was held in 1954 and the show is now held every third year, having set a new all-time records at consecutive events, in terms of exhibitors, space and visitors. Messe München hopes to continue the trend in 2010 and the early indications suggest that there will be plenty of new innovations and development for visitors to see at the event, which is being held at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from 19-25 April in Munich, Germany. The exhibition moved to its present location in 1998, using the site of Munich's former Reim international airport. Some of the original historic airport buildings have been retained but the exhibition halls are all new and were purpose-built for exhibitions. It is of note that the Bauma event completely fills the Reim site where airliners used to take off and land.
The organisers are optimistic that this year's show will beat previous records too. "Although in 2010 the construction machinery sector in many markets worldwide will be recovering only slowly from the recession, we are pleased to report that we are seeing strong demand for exhibition space," said Messe München managing director Eugen Egetenmeir. "This shows that exhibitors regard participation in the world´s leading trade fair bauma as a must, although many are at present having to make cuts in their advertising and trade-fair budgets. We have been particularly surprised by the strong demand for space from exhibitors from markets like China, India and Turkey." He added that the fair has been fully booked since March 2009 and many more companies are now on the waiting list. The international flavour of the event continues to develop and Egetenmeir added that over 50% of the exhibitors at Bauma 2010 come from countries outside Germany. In all, the exhibitors come from 46 countries. There has also been significant growth in the numbers of Chinese and Indian firms exhibiting.
As well as extra space for the show, Messe München is also improving facilities for visitors with better travel and transport plans and increased access with a new entrance at the North West corner of the showground.