Bauma Organizers Say Show Marks Industry Turnaround

Despite a ban on air travel due to volcanic ash clouds, Bauma 2010 organizers say the show marked a turnaround in the international construction machinery industry, ushering in the hoped-for change in sentiment. "The mood in the industry shows that in Europe the bottom of the cycle is now behind us,” said Ralf Wezel, of the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE). “Confidence has returned.” In summing up Bauma, Wezel confirmed the expectations of the sector as outlined by Dr Christof Kemmann, Chairman of the VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Materials Machinery Industry Association, at the main press conference on the first day of the fair.

At the start of the fair, exhibitors felt the lack of many customers from Asia and America, said Wezel, who serves as secretary-general of CECE. “But in the second half of Bauma, this improved considerably. Messe München´s crisis management in the days impacted by volcanic ash was outstanding."

Although the ban on air travel in Europe prevented visitors and about 50 exhibitors from coming to the fair, the mood at the venue among the approximately 3,150 registered exhibitors from 53 countries was good by the close of the fair. Already by the mid-way point of the fair, a number of exhibitors were reporting more sales than they had expected.

" We had a lot of new business opportunities some of which already resulted in unexpected conclusions of sale,” said Michikazu Okada, vce-president of Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Crane Co., Ltd., Japan:

The representative survey of exhibitors conducted by TNS Infratest shows that Bauma 2010, as the leading world fair, is marking a change in mood following a year of crisis in 2009, and that this change is being felt in many international markets, with few exceptions. Almost half the exhibitors are expecting the economic situation to improve.

Even before the fair started, it was evident that worldwide the sector had high hopes of the leading world fair in Munich: with almost 6 million square feet of space, all fully booked, and 60 percent of the exhibitors coming from outside Germany, the fair registered new all-time highs for the overall number of exhibitors, international participation and space booked. From China, India and Turkey in particular exhibitor numbers were up strongly on the previous event.

Nevertheless, the general economic situation ahead of Bauma and the unexpected ban on air travel at the start of the fair did impact on the final figures for visitor numbers: Over 415,000 visitors from more than 200 countries attended Bauma 2010. In comparison to Bauma 2007, this was 17 percent fewer. Some 65 percent of the visitors came from Germany, 35 percent travelled from countries outside Germany.

"Despite the many emergency measures implemented by Messe München, in cooperation with its employees in Munich and the international sales and association partners, in the second half of the running time – which sees more visitors – not all of the expected visitors from Asia, India and America were able to get to Bauma, said Klaus Dittrich, chairman & CEO of Messe München GmbH. “However, because of the turnaround ushered in for the sector worldwide, we are looking forward optimistically to the already fully booked Bauma China 2010 in Shanghai.”

Dittrich said interest in the new event bC India 2011 in Mumbai, too, has led to a considerable expansion in the space originally earmarked for the event. “For many of the key players who were represented, these events will offer international platforms in the two growth markets of China and India, and thus appeal also to the trade visitors who this time were not able to come to Munich," he added.

Some of the events in the Bauma Forum, which particularly in the first two days of the show had included many specials about the partner country of India, had to be cancelled or re-staffed. Some 44 lectures and events were able to take place as scheduled from the third day onwards. The country specials in the Bauma Forum are organized in cooperation with the VDMA e.V., Germany´s engineering federation, which is the conceptual sponsor of Bauma.

The 30th Bauma, International Trade Fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment, will take place as planned from April 15-21, 2013, in Munich.