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Tunnelling attractions at the world’s trade fair 14 Apr 2016

TunnelTalk reporting

The value of bauma as an indicator of global activity in the construction and mining industries remains high. This 31st staging of the giant construction equipment trade fair in Munich in 2016, after the first in 1954 and now on a three-year cycle, has attracted record numbers of exhibitors with all 605,000m2 of space at the fair ground occupied, and visitors also expected to clock in at record levels and in excess of those levels witnessed by the last event in 2013. The statistics confirm the status of bauma as the largest trade fair in the world.

Gates open on the 31<sup>st</sup> staging of bauma in 2016
Gates open on the 31st staging of bauma in 2016

Key facts about bauma 2013

  • 575,000m² of exhibition space
  • 3,421 exhibitors from 57 countries
  • 535,065 visitors from more than 200 countries

The underground construction sector was again well represented with principal players hosting impressive stands and others making first appearances.

Rolling stock specialist Mühlhäuser made a return to bauma as an exhibitor after many years. Under its restructured management, the company was promoting its introduction of new products, including continuous conveyor systems, and the grouting systems in the product range of the company’s recent Obermann acquisition. It was also establishing its partnership agreement for representing NFM in the German speaking countries and marketplace.

CREG, the Chinese owned TBM manufacturer, with its acquired intellectual property of the renowned TBM manufacturer Wirth of Germany, was exhibiting for the first time this year. The company has made a positive move into the international marketplace by supplying TBMs for the high-profile Singapore and Delhi metro systems via the contracting division of its mother company, CREC. It is actively promoting machine and systems to other contractors and to other international projects and was also showcasing a rectangular pipejacking system for both pedestrian and vehicle underpasses and metro station entrances. The first machine of this type outside China is currently assembled on a project and ready to launch in Singapore.

Senior executives speak to TunnelTalk of bauma and its importance as an exhibitor

During the show, TunnelTalk also visited the stands of :

  • Herrenknecht, which had three stands in addition to the showcase stand in Hall C3. One stand concentrated on Herrenknecht products designed for the mining industry, the open air stand was exhibiting the Direct Pipe, HDD and AVN microtunnelling units, and the third additional stand was hosting Herrenknecht group companies VMT guidance systems and H+E conveyor operations. On the main stand the company was promoting its collective service agreements with contractors using Herrenknecht TBMs on the extensive Doha Metro project and the operations of the 17.6m diameter TBM supplied to Hong Kong for the Tuen Mun project.
  • Normet to meet the team and be introduced by Tom Melbye to new President and CEO Robin Lindahl.
  • CIFA which was promoting its formwork systems as part of the large Zoomlion parent-company outside area stand and where TunnelTalk was introduced to the Salini-Impregilo managers of the major new Terzo Valico high-speed rail project in Italy from Genona to Milan that has a total value of €6,200 million and aligns 27km of the 53km route underground in twin-tube tunnels.
  • TPH waterproofing systems, which was attracting large crowds with its live water control grouting demonstrations.
  • ventilation equipment manufacturer Teknima of Turkey which supplied ventilation equipment to the Eurasia highway tunnel project under the Bosphorus and was also exhibiting at bauma for the first time and
  • Klein, a German company which is making significant moves in the concrete and materials pumping industry and priding itself as the only fully-independent German concrete pump manufacturer developing its own range of truck-mounted pumps with booms of up to 58m reach and outputs of up to 170m3/hr.

Senior managers with several of these companies spoke with TunnelTalk on video to explain the importance of bauma to them as exhibitors.

Previous Managing Director Heinz-Peter Mühlhäuser was part of the team on making its return as a show exhibitor
Previous Managing Director Heinz-Peter Mühlhäuser was part of the team on making its return as a show exhibitor

As well as visitors from across the world, the huge construction equipment trade show attracts the attention of politicians with several German government ministers making time to visit the show and its exhibitors. These included:

  • Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt;
  • Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel; and
  • Ilse Aigner, Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria and Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology. During their tours, they showed interested in staying abreast of new developments and possibilities within the construction industry.

Two new attractions were added to the bauma experience this year.

The first is the Jobs Forum, an online service where exhibiting companies can post employment vacancies and where meetings with companies by those searching for new career positions can be arranged. This was a popular addition to the programme with many exhibitors advertising for new staff members and professionals on their stands and teams of new graduates and young candidates ready to enter the employment market by visiting the show.

The second attraction was launch of the bauma Charity Alliance, an initiative intended to highlight the fact that in addition to their day-to-day businesses as driving forces in economic growth worldwide, building and construction machinery companies are keen also to be engaged in combating hunger and poverty in the Third World and in promoting education and environmental concerns in the countries where they operate.

THINK BIG! initiative offers technical training and educational opportunities
THINK BIG! initiative offers technical training and educational opportunities

The intention is to create a strong network and presentation platform to draw attention to social commitment by companies within the construction machinery industry and to promote dialogue between members on the implementation of social projects. Applications are restricted to companies exhibiting at bauma 2016 who are working on projects which will bring about a lasting improvement in the living conditions of people from crisis areas or in developing countries. Among others, Atlas Copco, Terex Latin America, Wirtgen, Volvo Construction Equipment, Zeppelin Baumaschinen and ZF Friedrichshafen, have notified their projects to the bauma Charity Alliance.

Following its successful launch at bauma in 2013, the second THINK BIG! initiative at bauma this year features an extensive and interactive program of technical training and educational and career opportunities in the construction machinery industry. More than 12,000 schoolchildren from 230 schools registered to attend and a total of 16 companies, training institutions and associations will be taking part and offering participants a real hands-on experience, as well as explaining the training options and what’s involved in day-to-day work in their companies.

In his video interview with TunnelTalk, Managing Director of show organiser Messe München, Stefan Rummel, spoke of the importance of bauma Munich to the company’s portfolio of trade shows in many different sectors, and also the importance of the bauma China event, BAUMA CONEXPO INDIA and the BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA events, in conjunction with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in the construction and mining equipment sectors.


bauma 2016 Interactive Floorplan

Impressions of the bauma experience
TunnelTalk looks forward to meeting customers, friends and colleagues in Munich

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