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Sun April 14, 2013 - National Edition
bauma is the top international forum for showcasing groundbreaking developments in machinery and equipment for construction, building materials and mining. This was highlighted once more on Sunday, at the presentation of the bauma Innovation Award 2013 in Munich.
Out of a total of 156 entries from Germany and abroad, 15 groundbreaking new developments and solutions made it through to the final round. The winning innovations in the five categories are:
"Pipe Express" from Herrenknecht in the "Machinery" category
"AutoPilot Field Rover" from Wirtgen in the "Machine Components" category
"Monopile foundation for a tidal engine turbine" from Bauer Spezialtiefbau and "hybrid-energy wind towers constructed with revolving tower cranes" from Max Bögl in the "Construction process/Construction work" category
"Online Grain Size Analyzer" from the Technical University of Clausthal in the "Research" category
"Walking Mobile Excavator 2013" from Kaiser AG Fahrzeugwerk in the "Design" category.
According to the speakers at the presentation ceremony, these six winning innovations fulfill to an impressive degree the criteria upon which the high-caliber jury made their selections, namely: holding great promise for the future; practicality of application; contribution to environmental protection and to humanization of the workplace; and energy- and cost-efficiency coupled with performance.
Dr. Thomas Lindner, President of the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.), the German Engineering Federation, and a speaker at the awards ceremony, pointed out that these awards were also valuable proof of the innovations strength of German engineering. They reflected the performance capability of the entire sector. Holding the bauma Innovation Award and presenting the prizes to the winners was a way of recognizing and honoring the efforts of the bauma exhibitors and the building companies in the competitive international environment. The jury expressed its hope that these top-class technical developments would make a big impact on customers and potential users, and be publicized widely to a trade and general audience.
The bauma Innovation Award this year is being organized for the tenth time, each time being in conjunction with bauma, the world’s largest trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines and mining machines, which in 2013 takes place from April 15 to 21, in Munich. The competition is a joint project between the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.), the industry federation HDB (Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V.), the industry associations ZDB (Zentralverband des deutschen Baugewerbes e.V.) and BBS (Bundesverband Baustoffe - Steine und Erden e.V.), and bauma.