In terms of exhibit space, bauma is already the biggest trade fair in the world. But for the next event in April 2010, this international showcase for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment is getting even bigger. In response to record demand from exhibitors, the show organizer plans to erect additional temporary halls, bringing the total exhibit space to 663,774 sq. yds. (555,000 sq. meters), or nearly 6 million sq ft.
"This development shows that in a tough economic climate, bauma remains a milestone in the trade fair calendar of the sector, and that this sector is determined to demonstrate its innovative capabilities at the world's leading trade fair," says Eugen Egetenmeir, a member of the Management Board of Messe München International. "As the organizer of bauma, Messe München will do everything possible to create the best conditions and provide the same high level of service for that event."
The temporary halls will be used to provide additional exhibit space to the Formworks and Scaffolding and Construction Equipment and Tools product sections, both of which proved in particularly high demand from exhibitors.
In addition, improvements are under way to facilitate easier access into the exhibition, including the addition of a seventh entrance to the main exhibit area, as well as improved visitor flow between the open air sites.
More international than ever
The bauma trade fair is held every three years in Munich, Germany. Of the 3,002 exhibitors at bauma 2007, 1,643 came from 48 countries outside of Germany. The countries with the strongest contingents were Italy, the U.S., Great Britain and China.
"Inquiries from first-time and regular exhibitors from Asia are more numerous for bauma 2010 than ever before," states Georg Moller, exhibition director. This indicates a further rise in the proportion of international exhibitors for bauma 2010. bauma 2007 also saw visitor numbers increase 20% to over 500,000 trade visitors from 191 different countries. Around 155,000 of these visitors travelled to Munich from outside of Germany.
To further boost its international emphasis, leading industry associations in Germany, under the auspices of the VDMA, Germany's engineering federation and conceptual sponsor of bauma, will be launching an international innovations prize at bauma 2010. The program will be divided into five categories and is open to all exhibitors.
bauma 2010 will be held in Munich, Germany, from April 19 to 24. For more details or registration information, visit www.bauma.de/en/Home.