Klaus Dittrich, chairman and CEO of organiser Messe München, says the numbers give reason to be very optimistic about the upcoming fair which takes place in Munich from October 24–30.
“This feedback is a clear signal of our customers’ intention to take part in bauma," says Dittrich. "In the personal conversations we have with exhibitors and visitors, we hear one thing over and over again: They are really looking forward to having face-to-face discussions and, of course, to experiencing the special atmosphere that only bauma can create. I am really confident that the situation will soon have improved to the point that we will be able to put on an exciting bauma that will attract a large number of international companies and visitors.”
The mining industry, an area where bauma claims to be the leader in Europe, will be well represented with exhibitors including industry heavyweights such as BHS Sonthofen, Herrenknecht, Komatsu, Liebherr, Schulte Strathaus and Zeppelin Baumaschinen.
Other companies attending the fair will be the Matrix Design Group from the United States, Resemin from Peru, Roco9 from Great Britain, Tesab Engineering from Great Britain and Weber Mining & Tunneling from France. Another returning company will be Minearc Systems from Australia, a key market for the mining industry.
Underscoring bauma's status as an innovation hub, this year's event will feature the innovation hall LAB0. The hall will include such special areas as the bauma Forum, virtual reality, MIC 4.0, startups and a science hub. Think Big, a programme that promotes talented young people, will also be included as a key issue for the industry.
The trade fair will focus this year on five key topics that will be covered by exhibitors, the supporting programme and the trade fair’s first ever series of webinars: “Zero emissions,” “The digital construction site,” “Tomorrow’s construction techniques and materials,” “The way to autonomous machines” and “Mining—sustainable, efficient, reliable.” The webinar series will begin in March and will be conducted in English. Industry experts will use the new format to explore bauma’s key topics in depth.