The 30th Bauma exhibition, being held in Munich, Germany from April 15 to 21 2013, will be the largest ever, with a total area of 570,000 m2. The last time the event was held in 2010 it covered 550,000 m2 and despite travel disruptions from Iceland’s volcanic ash cloud, attracted more than 400,000 visitors.
According to Dr Wolf-Dietrich Müller, executive director of capital goods shows at Organiser Messe München, the 2013 event will feature some 3,300 exhibitors and is expected to attract in the region of 450,000 visitors.
He added that even with the additional 20,000 m2 that has been found in the Northern outdoor exhibition area, many exhibitors were still looking for bigger stands. “Many of our exhibitors wanted to enlarge their space, but we couldn’t accommodate all of those wishes. We would need another 30,000 m2 of outside space,” he said.
Dr Müller continued, “Bauma is the show where people show their innovations for the first time. There is a three-year innovation cycle in the industry.”
The exhibition is accompanied by awards for innovation in four categories – machinery, components, research and design. According to Anja Schneider of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), which is a partner to the exhibition, some 156 entries had been received by the closing date in August. The competition was open to all Bauma exhibitors.
Author; Chris Sleight