This year’s Bauma construction show was the biggest yet

Munich-set Bauma, a trade fair for construction machinery and the wider construction industry, broke its own show records this year.

Over 614,000 sq metres, Bauma welcomed 620,000 visitors and hosted 3,700 exhibitors.

The long-running exhibition (65 years old this year) saw visitor numbers spike to the tune of 40,000 over the previous event, in 2016. More than 250,000 visitors came from outside Germany, with GB visitors in the top ten visitor countries.

Digitalisation

Like the BAU show, which also broke records this year, Bauma pointed to the digitalisation process underway in the construction industry. Messe München Chair and CEO Klaus Dittrich said: “For the industry, bauma is by far the world’s most important innovation platform and economic engine, something that we clearly saw this year. Particularly in these times of sweeping technological change that is being triggered by digitalization, bauma provides the industry with security and confidence. Thanks to the momentum in demand generated by the fair’s seven days, companies will be able to calmly face economic slowdowns. bauma 2019 highlighted the opportunity and tremendous outlook of the industry as a whole.”

Focusing on sustainable and digital solutions, there was exhibitor consensus that digitalisation was a “megatrend” in construction. Sensors and communication interfaces that collect and analyse data have become standard equipment. Overall, machines and vehicles are becoming cleaner, quieter and more efficient, many with electric and hybrid drive systems.

The next Bauma will run 4-10 April 2022 at Messe München Exhibition Centre.