BAUMA prepares to break all records 27 Feb 2013
Peter Kenyon, TunnelTalk
- With less than seven weeks to go before the world's largest trade fair gets under way, organisers are confident this year's triennial bauma construction equipment showcase event in Munich will break all records.
- This year, indoor and outdoor exhibition space at the 30th International Trade Fair for construction machinery and equipment increases to 570,000m2, 15,000m2 more than in 2010 when the last event was held. All 3,278 exhibition spaces were fully booked more than a year ago, and the tunnelling and underground construction sector continues to be well represented.
2013 bauma will be biggest trade fair ever
- The event, located on its well-established precinct of the old Munich airport - comprises 18 indoor halls plus the vast external exhibition area. This year tunnelling exhibitors are mainly located in Halls C2 and C3 with major suppliers also taking outside demonstration stands. TunnelTalk will publish its exhibition preview and include again the interactive map to help visitors navigate their way easily to the booths and exhibits with a civil tunnelling connection. Watch also for regular news in the run up to the event, which this year takes place between 15-21 April.
- TBM manufacturers represented at this year's event include Robbins at Hall C2 Booth 401, NFM Technologies C3.113/210, Herrenknecht C3.415/514 and outdoors at N519/2, Aker Wirth C3.123/218 and Caterpillar B6.106/406.
- Other major manufacturers of equipment for the civil tunnelling sector include Sandvik outdoors at F6.616.1, Atlas Copco outdoors at F11.1108, Volvo various stands in C4 and outdoors at F5, and Techni-Metal Systemes (TMS) at C3.415/514. Putzmeister will be in Hall B6, Normet in B3 and Minova in C2.
- BAUMA 2013 KEY FACTS
Venue: New Munich Trade Fair Centre Dates: April 15-21, 2013 Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9.30am-6.30pm Sat 8.30am-6.30pm Sun 9.30am-4.30pm By rail from Munich centre: U-Bahn (U2 to Messestadt Ost (4am-1am service) Airport shuttle: Terminal 1/ 2 (bus) (8am-6pm)
- One of the key features of the bauma trade fair since 2001, when the concept was first launched, is the selection of a Partner Country. Where India was the last Partner Country, this year it is Indonesia, a country with a population of 238 million and a national GDP of US$720 billion (2010). The country is among the top 20 strongest economies in the world with a fast growing construction and civil engineering sector. Significant investment is planned in the medium term, all of which adds up to a powerful reason why bauma 2013 has focused its attention on the economic region. Thanks to planned investments of US$465 billion between now and 2025, Indonesia, the largest country in southeastern Asia, has significant potential for business and investment opportunities.
- Other highlights for this year's fixture include a full-day seminar on heavy civil engineering infrastructure and mining on April 17. Taking place in Hall C2, the programme includes presentations by several high-ranked Indonesian and German speakers. Networking with Indonesian officials will also be possible in the Indonesia Business Lounge.
Fig 1. Attendance figures 1954-2010
- Hall C2 will also be used to host the 2013 bauma Forum, which will feature events and lectures concerning the latest trends and developments within the underground construction sector. The Forum will also host a number of country-specific and company presentations. Emphasis is also on education and training, and recruitment of the next generation of construction and civil engineering professionals, with Hall B0 being given over for the entirety of the week-long event to a permanent display of machinery for education purposes and access to industry specialists in the field of recruitment and human resources.
- Organisers will be hoping there will be no repeat of the unavoidable events of last time around (2010) that contributed to attendance figures dipping for the first time since 1986 (Fig 1). On that occasion a cloud of ash caused by a volcanic eruption in Iceland resulted in aviation in Europe grinding to a halt. Attendance figures slipped from 500,000 in 2007 to 420,000 in 2010, and a number of exhibitors were forced to withdraw at the last minute. With more than a third of all visitors and more than half of the exhibitors coming from outside of host country, Germany, the event is susceptible to air traffic disruption.
Nevertheless, those that managed to attend hailed the 2010 event as a success. Records confirm that:
• 95% of visitors rated bauma 2010 as 'excellent to good' overall
• 53% of visitors had a top position in their companies and 79% of visitors were 'decision-makers'
• 98% of visitors said they would recommend a visit to the trade fair
- TunnelTalk will be at bauma for the week, working the halls and making connections. It will be a busy time and we look forward to meeting the tunnelling sector contingent.
- We'll make a plan to meet you there!
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