More Than 400,000 From 171 Countries Attend Bauma 2004

Mon April 26, 2004 - National Edition

From March 29 to April 4, approximately 410,000 visitors traveled from 171 countries to attend Bauma 2004 –– the largest Bauma event ever –– in Munich, Germany.

A total of 2,801 exhibitors from 47 countries presented their latest product innovations on more than 5 million sq. ft. of exhibition space in the halls and at the outdoor exhibition site of the New Munich Trade Fair Centre

“Bauma got off to an amazing start on the first day of the fair, creating a tremendous atmosphere in every respect,” said Reinhold Festge, president of the Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association and co-chairman of the Exhibitors’ Advisory Board for Bauma. “When it comes to the exhibitors, we are pleased about the sizeable increase in the number of visitors from abroad,” he added.

For the first time ever, the exhibitors at Bauma included companies from Latvia, Romania, Argentina, Chile and Syria. The European countries with largest increases in the number of exhibitors were Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Turkey. The overseas countries with the largest increases were China and India.

“Among other things, the 20 percent increase in the number of exhibitors is the result of positive interaction in response to our increased international activities,” said Manfred Wutzlhofer, chairman and CEO of Munich International Trade Fairs. “For example, the successful outcome of the first bauma China in November 2002 had a positive effect on the number of Chinese companies interested in participating in bauma in Munich.”

The next Bauma China is scheduled to be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from Nov. 16 to 19, 2004.

“[Bauma 2004] was a great success and a very good start for the premiere of bauma mining,” said Peter Jochums, president of the Mining Equipment Association and co-chairman of the Exhibitors’ Advisory Board for Bauma.

The next Bauma event will be held in Munich from April 23 to 29, 2007.

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