01 Feb Australian Cladding Services visits the BAU Exhibition
ACS went to BAU in Munich during the new year break, to visit current and potential business relations. An amazing exhibition, showcasing all the latest in technology and materials for the building industry. It goes without saying, that it is, and always will be, an enormous effort just to get there, as Munich isn’t exactly around the corner from Sydney, but with planes, trains and automobiles, we got there and enjoyed the German hospitality immensely – we can highly recommend this exhibition for both our clients and suppliers, there is something for everyone, including lots of snow ? here are a few facts:
- More than 2,250 exhibitors
- 250,000 visitors, 85,000 of them (highest ever) from outside Germany
BAU 2019 was another record-breaking event. On an exhibition space totalling 200,000 square meters for the first time, 2,250 exhibitors from 45 countries showcased their products and solutions for the building sector. Visitor numbers reached 250,000, with the figures for visitors from outside Germany climbing to a new high of 85,000, from over 150 countries. This, deservedly, gives the status of BAU as the ‘World´s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems’.
Leading the table of visitors from outside Germany were again the neighbouring countries of Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Big rises in the number of visitors from the Russian Federation (over 4,000 visitors this year) and China (over 3,500) put these countries in fourth and fifth place respectively, their highest ranking so far.
In view of the increasing importance of digitalization in the construction sector, at the fair Messe München presented digitalBAU, a new trade fair concept in cooperation with the German association of building software (Bundesverband Bausoftware—BVBS). BVBS Managing Director Michael Fritz is confident the new event will be a success: “We see high demand among all suppliers of digital applications to establish a further trade fair alongside the already very successful BAU. Planners, building firms and the skilled trades must inform themselves about the upcoming challenges and with digitalBAU we are offering an excellent opportunity for them to do so.”