Standby for BAUMA
Standby for BAUMA Jan 2010
Shani Wallis, TunnelTalk
2010 sees the 29th return of the giant construction equipment trade fair on its every-three-year cycle. Set for week 16 of 2010 (19 to 25 April), event organisers Messe München GmbH, are reporting another larger-than-the-last turnout by exhibitors and visitors alike. All available space on the vast half million square meters (5,382,131ft2) exhibition space is said to be fully booked with existing loyal exhibitors being joined this year by new names from around the world.

Crowding the barriers into the 2007 show

Despite the dramatic downturn in profitability and turnover by many global manufacturers in 2009, the importance of BAUMA as an international stage for showcasing new developments and meeting clients and customers is supported by the projections for this year. The event will take up more than 555,000m2 (gross) of indoor and outdoor exhibition space of the New Munich Trade Fair Centre, which was the precinct of the old airport for the capital city of state of Bavaria in southern Germany before its new facility was built on a new site.
As a venue, the site is perfect. For the near half a million people expected to visit the show in April, the venue is served easily and efficiently by the city's underground metro system making it possible to stay anywhere within a wide radius of the city centre and still be within an hour or less of the showground by metro. The city and the venue are also connected admirably to the national and cross boarder highway system with acres of packing space available for those travelling by car. Accommodation is an issue if you don't book early but the city's Chamber of Commerce, its service providers and its public administrators understand the importance of the event to its reputation as a city and to its economy every three years and much is done to make the BAUMA visitors (from foreign destinations increasingly) welcome, well feed, well accommodated and comfortable. A travel card on the Metro for the week is included in the visitor registration pack and an affective accommodation service is offered by the organisers.

Space: 2004 - 500,000m2    2007 - 540,000m2
The stellar growth of BAUMA since its first event 50 years ago

Where are the tunnellers?
Tunnelling has been represented at the fair since its earliest days and its growth as a sector has been exponential across more recent events. To make things easier for visitors in this very special sector, Halls C3 and C2 are dedicated to tunnelling companies and host this year the principal suppliers to the industry including TBM suppliers Herrenknecht (C3); NFM (C3); Robbins (C2); Lovat (C2); AkerSolutions-Wirth (C3) with materials and equipment suppliers BASF; Bekaert; CIFA; DSI; Rowa; Palmieri; Schauenburg and others not far away.
The suppliers of the industry's giant machines to both the mining and the civil tunnelling machines Sandvik (F6), Atlas Copco (F10) have reserved huge stands in the open space and with CAT taking up its normal position in almost all of Halls A4 and B6 and Volvo having a combination of indoors and outdoor space (C4 and F5) - taking no chance on Munich's notoriously fickle climate in April that can range for glorious spring sunshine to wild windy wet weather within a day!
The growth and dominance of BAUMA as the international showcase of construction equipment of all kinds is illustrated in a comparison of the numbers for the last two BAUMA fairs in 2007 and 2004. According to official BAUMA figures:
BAUMA grew by 40,000m2 (430,570ft2) in 2007, an increase of 8%, and representation of the international mining sector as a specific field became completely integrated with the show's traditional construction equipment focus.
A total 3,002 exhibitors from 49 countries made up the show in 2007 an overall increase of 7%, and the share of international exhibitors increased remarkably from 12% to 55%.
Visitor numbers in 2007 were up on the 2004 numbers by 20% to more than a half million decision-makers and other interested visitors from 191 countries.
58% of the visitors in 2007 registered a top position in their company and 82% of the visitors registered as 'decison-makers'.
The number of international visitors increased by 35% to more than 155,000. The largest increases in numbers by country, with growth rates of more than 100% from 2004 to 2007, were visitors from Turkey, India, Poland, Russia and the United States.
For those who are planning to swell the
number of visitors to BAUMA this year:

Opening hours are:
Monday-Friday 9.30am to 6.30pm
Saturday 8.30am to 6.30pm
Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm
From here to week 16 in April (19-25), TunnelTalk is going to keep the tunnelling industry up dated on its sector representation at this vital and dynamic event. We will publish a map of the showground and indicate where each of the industry suppliers is located and highlight also what each industry exhibitor is bringing to BAUMA to showcase. BAUMA can be exhausting for the visitor who doesn't have a plan of action. Take it from someone who has spent hours dashing from one stand to another, from the indoors to the outdoors, from one hall to the next and up and down the gravel pathways and concrete corridors looking
for a landmark banner of the company you're looking for and getting welcomingly sidetracked by other company stands along the way - you need a plan of action to get the very best from the number of days you plan to attend. And for those who can't make it to this year's event, we'll keep you posted of the highlights, the events and the important developments. We will also bring you news of the planned BAUMA events in Shanghai in November 2010 (23-26) and in Mumbai, India in February 2011 (8-11).
Watch for our 'BAUMA Bulletin' next week and see you in Munich in April!

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