With 3,423 exhibitors from 58 countries, and around 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. After Germany, the top 10 countries of origin among the visitors were Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, the Russian Federation, Poland and the Czech Republic. A total of 3,423 exhibitors - 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.
The India Day Seminar, held on April 12 also 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 to our country and Create in India.´ Anand Sundaresan, President, iCEMA, emphasised on manufacturing of components in India and introduction of smaller-sized construction equipment in the country.
Not surprisingly, Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO, Messe München, was 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), agreed: “Bauma is the ideal platform for presenting innovative new developments because it has a big impact on the industry around the world.´
Stefan Heissler, member of the Board of Directors, Liebherr-International AG, confirmed: “Bauma 2016 was a tremendous success for Liebherr. In some segments, our expectations were 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 of being the leading trade fair.“
Jürgen Wirtgen and Stefan Wirtgen, Managing Partners, Wirtgen Group, agreed with this assessment: “Bauma as the leading trade fair has always been a kind of barometer for the industry. The mining section at Bauma also received a positive response, as Erwin Schneller, Managing Director, SBM Minerals, said: “Bauma is international. My personal highlight was that we signed up some unexpected sales at the show.“
High-quality trade visitors
Alexander Schwörer, Managing Director, Peri, agreed: “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: “Right from day one, we were welcoming a constant stream of guests from all over the world at our booth. “
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, emphasised: “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.“