bauma 2022 has now concluded. The event drew approximately 3,200 exhibitors from 60 countries (2019: 3,684 exhibitors from 63 countries), and more than 495,000 visitors from over 200 countries (2019: 627,603 visitors from over 200 countries). The proportion of international visitors was around 50%, while international exhibitors accounted for nearly 65%, according to the organiser Messe München.
Taking place from 24 to 30 October 2022 in Munich, Germany, bauma covered a total exhibition area of 614,000 sq m, making it the largest trade show in the world. This year, the top 10 exhibitor countries were (in this order): Germany, Italy, Turkey, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, France, the US, Austria, Spain and China.
“This bauma has again stoked enthusiasm and fascination! After the world fundamentally changed following the last bauma, we’re really thrilled that bauma 2022 demonstrates the trade fair remains a powerhouse of the construction equipment industry, thanks to our customer’s great variety of innovations, good business deals and many visitors from all over the world,” said Stefan Rummel, CEO of Messe München.
Alexander Schwörer, owner of formwork manufacturer Peri, added, “The entire team was very keen to see how the trade fair would develop in these difficult times. But even after the first day, it was clear to see that this bauma would be a complete success. What’s particularly noteworthy to mention is the quality of the conversations we had during the week of the trade fair; they were exceptional in all respects. We signed a number of very attractive contracts right at the trade fair.”
bauma 2022 focused on digitalisation, automation and sustainability, comprising five key topics: Mining – sustainable, efficient, reliable; The way to zero emission; Construction methods and materials of tomorrow; Digital construction site; The way to autonomous machines.
“The exhibitors are offering solutions to address current challenges related to CO2 neutrality as well as tackling the issue of skilled worker shortages with automation and digitalisation. This is the future! You see this with the traditional companies and with the nearly 50 startups at the trade fair for the first time,” noted Joachim Schmid, managing director of the Construction Machinery and Building Material Association of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA).
Mr Rummel and Dr Reinhard Pfeiffer, co-CEOs of Messe München, further highlighted that “in these challenging times, bauma has sent a strong signal to the trade fair sector: Industries need precisely such in-person events like bauma where everyone directly experience products and hold personal conversations.”
Steffen Günther, a member of the board of directors at Liebherr, echoed the same sentiment.“bauma proved to be a very successful trade fair for us. We generated a lot of enthusiasm among the large audience. The conversations were outstanding. We’re already looking forward to the next bauma trade fair now."
The next bauma is scheduled to return from 7 to 13 April 2025.