An impressive 530,000 visitors from over 200 countries converged on the Messe München exhibition center, Munich, Germany, between April 15 and 21. Not only did this edition of bauma break all previous records for exhibitor numbers and exhibition space, it also attracted the highest number of visitors ever.
"This is very good for our industry in these turbulent times and it will certainly give it a boost," said Johann Sailer, Chairman of the Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association of VDMA and President of the Committee for the European Construction Equipment Industry (CECE).
"This has been an absolutely positive trade show for us," said Stefan Heissler, Member of the Board of Directors, Liebherr-International AG, Germany. "We welcomed customers from all around the world at our booths and we signed up lots of new orders. In some product sections we exceeded our expectations by a long way."
Proportion of international visitors higher than ever
Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO of Messe München, stated he was more than satisfied: "Our exhibitors were delighted with the quality of the visitors here and with the international spread represented among them. Good business has been done here. With over 200,000 visitors from outside Germany, the number of international attendees was higher than ever before. The response this year has simply been outstanding."
The 'Top Ten' countries of origin among the visitors were: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Russian Federation, France, Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden and Poland. Indonesia, bauma’s partner country this year, was also strongly represented, with a high-ranking political delegation and around 800 visitors.
"For Herrenknecht, bauma 2013 certainly showed itself from its best side. The trade audience here was first class and very global. We were able to communicate in a very targeted way our broad portfolio and our top innovations in tunneling and mining," said Dr.-Ing. E. h. Martin Herrenknecht, Chairman of the Board of Management of Herrenknecht.
Ron DeFeo, Chairman and CEO of the Terex Corporation, was equally impressed: "As the largest show in our industry, bauma represents a unique opportunity to meet with a multitude of our customers from around the world." And Johannes Weiermair, Managing Director of SBM Mineral Processing, added: "For us bauma 2013 was a tremendous event and a great success. On the one hand because of the truly world-spanning international scope among the visitors and on the other because of the very high level of contacts."
Order activity high
In total, 3,420 exhibitors – 1,346 from Germany and 2,074 from abroad – from 57 countries presented their latest products and innovations in construction and mining machinery at bauma 2013 on a record exhibition space of 570,000 square meters.
Michael Heidemann, too, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH, is more than happy: "From the first day on, the booth of Zeppelin and Caterpillar was almost overrun with visitors. We have sold more machines at bauma 2013 than ever before and have set a new record." bauma was just as successful for XCMG, as its Vice President, Yanmei Zhang, reported: "XCMG solicited orders with a total value of over 10 million euros for its products which is around 120 units of machines. We had a good economic return on our investment in the show."
bauma is the uncontested Number One trade show for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment.
Raul Garcia, Marketing Director of ULMA, commented: "bauma is a must for us. We are very satisfied with this year's fair and will be taking part next time, too." Frank W. Reschke, Sales Director and Member of the Management Board of Masa GmbH, was also very satisfied with the outcome: "We came here with high expectations, and these have all been exceeded. bauma is immensely important, for us there is no alternative and it is the Number One event by far."
The next bauma takes place from April 11 to 17, 2016 in Munich.