Record-breaking crowds descend on Bauma 2019


A record number of visitors and exhibitors made Bauma 2019 the largest in the exhibition’s 65-year history. With more than 620,000 people from over 200 countries attending the Messe München trade show in Germany over its six days, this year’s event was more popular than the one held in 2016.

More than one-third of the visitors (250,000) were from nations outside of the host country, with 5,500 attending from China alone. The exhibitors presenting at Bauma numbered more than 3,700 from 63 different countries across 614,000m2 of floor space. 

“For the industry, Bauma is by far the world’s most important innovation platform and economic engine, something that we clearly saw this year,” said Klaus Dittrich, chairman and CEO of Messe München. “Particularly in these times of sweeping technological change that is being triggered by digitization, it 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.” 

Franz-Josef Paus, managing director of Hermann Paus Maschinenfabrik and chairman of the Bauma Advisory Council, described the trade fair’s unique character: “With exhibitors from more than 60 countries and visitors from over 200 nations, Bauma is an industry platform where technological variety, ingenuity and performance can be demonstrated to an immense international business audience.”

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