Engineering & Mining Journal

FEB 2019

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BAUMA PREVIEW 2019 48 E&MJ • FEBRUARY 2019 Every three years, Messe München organizes the bauma trade fair, which takes place at the fairgrounds outside Munich, April 8-14. Billed as the world's leading sector event for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction equipment, the exhibition space totals 640,000 m 2 , making it the largest trade show on earth. In 2016, bauma broke previous records, attracting a total of 3,425 exhibitors from 58 countries, and 583,736 visitors from 219 countries. This bauma will be the 32 nd edition and the organizers are thinking they may set another record. For 2019, Messe München expects to have 3,500 exhibitors from 60 countries and it expects to attract more than 600,000 from more than 200 coun- tries. The size of the exhibit (640,000 m 2 ) is already 9,000 m 2 more than 2016. To accommodate the additional space, two new halls were constructed, so bauma now occupies 18 halls with more than 200,000 m 2 of indoor exhibition space. Unlike other large fairs for construc- tion equipment, bauma has dedicated a portion of its program to mining. Mining represents roughly 20% of the exhibition. The mining sector has its own hall: C2 (on the right). According to Messe München, a total of 578 exhibitors indicated they are involved with the min- ing, extraction and processing of raw materials. Visitors review- ing exhibitor information will notice the familiar mining symbol and the phrase "Mining Inside." For this edition of bauma, Canada is the partner country. It's the seventh largest market for mining and construction equip- ment, according to Messe München. Canada and the European Union recently signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which eliminated 98% of the tariffs between the two regions. "To accommodate the two new halls, we restructured the fairgrounds to make the routes easier and provide an optimized structure for the venue," Dittrich said. "More than adding space, we also have to remain fit for the future by incorporating modern digital processes and systems sustainably in our fairs and in all parts of our business." This year, bauma will focus on this growing aspect of the business with programs geared toward digitalization and virtual reality. For the mining industry this year, Messe München has seized on sustainability as an important theme. "This focus extends well beyond the areas of energy consumption and the use of resources," Dittrich said. "All industries are currently searching for alternative, low-priced and environmentally friendly raw ma- terials and energy sources." Manufacturers like ABB, FLSmidth, Komatsu, Liebherr, Paus, Siemens, Weir Minerals and many others will present their highlights and innovations. "By selecting sustainability, bauma 2019 is focusing on a real issue of the future," said Mareile Kästner, exhibition director of bauma. "There is no other such The World's Largest Trade Fair Continues to Grow Messe München welcomes the world to Bavaria to see advancements in mining and construction technology By Steve Fiscor Tens of thousands of visitors gather to see Liebherr's ultra-class haul truck at bauma 2016. The Mining Hall C2 is dedicated to mining.

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