Bauma – The world’s leading trade fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment – came to a close on the 10th of April, 2019. In the fair’s 65 year old history, never were the numbers of attendees and exhibitors recorded as high as this year’s trade fair. The numbers touched a record margin of 620,000 business visitors from over 200 countries worldwide and with 3,700 exhibitors from 63 countries, exhibiting their products within the vast expanse of 614,000 m², Bauma 2019, delivered in all its grandeur what it had set out to be – to be the heartbeat of the industry.
In the 2019 edition, exhibitors unveiled a large number of innovations and products to the trade fair’s global audience. It was lauded by exhibitors as “the most successful Bauma of all times”. The record-setting Bauma also had a strong impact on book orders as exhibitors generated the highest sales in the history of their participation at the trade fair.
Takeaways of the Fair
Innovative Platform for Economic Growth
As a business participant in the fair, there could not be a better opportunity to have your product showcased and promote but to interact and share ideas with fellow industry colleagues. Klaus Dittrich, CEO of Messe München stated “bauma is by far the most important innovation platform and economic locomotive in the world. Especially in times of technological change, which is breaking new ground as a result of digitization, bauma gives the industry security and confidence”.
Excellent Business Opportunity
A congregation of industrial professionals, harboring a common vested interest is the perfect environment for business development and growth.
Andreas Böhm, Member of the Board of Liebherr-International AG claimed “We have received orders from all over the world and have been able to make many new contacts”.
Joachim Schmid, Managing Director of the VDMA Construction Machinery and Building Materials Association stated “that the large number of trade fair visitors often came to the stand with concrete buying interest, which nourished the hope of a continued stable economy”.
Bauma 2019 was all about sustainable and digital solutions. Digitization, as all exhibitors agreed, is also a “megatrend” in the construction machinery industry. Sensors and communication interfaces for the collection and evaluation of data are now standard.In general, machines and vehicles are cleaner, quieter and more efficient, many now have an electric or hybrid drive. “The interest of customers in electrified drives has never been so great as this year and has strongly influenced bauma 2019”, explained Frank Hiller, CEO of DEUTZ AG.
Some of the most interesting innovations received the bauma Innovation Award on the eve of the fair.
- Herrenknecht won the prize in the machine category with its E-Power Pipe. With this, the company has developed a process for the economical and environmentally friendly laying of underground cables.
- MOBA Mobile Automation won first place in the category component/digital systems. With the PAVE-TM system for automatic and non-contact layer thickness measurement in road construction, material requirements can be planned precisely and accident risks minimized because manual remeasurements are no longer necessary. This leads to enormous cost savings and a higher quality of the road surface
- Max Bögl won the innovation award in the category construction/construction methods/construction processes. With a mobile production facility for wind turbines, the company can completely implement German factory production as a mirror image anywhere in the world.
- Technical University of Munich won the race in the research/science category. Together with their partners they developed a driver guidance system 4.0, which supports the construction machine operators with holograms during their construction site activities.
- Liebherr Hydraulik Bagger won the prize in the Design category. With its new operating environment for construction machines, the company takes the next level of digital control environment by combining physical and digital units.