AMB attracted 64,298 visitors over five days

AMB’s return
Trade show organisers: AMB attracted 64,298 visitors over five days



Source: Messe Stuttgart

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Over five days, a total of 64,298 visitors visited the packed Stuttgart exhibition center during the AMB. The 1,238 exhibitors from all over the world – of which around 25% came from outside Germany – presented a variety of innovations, products, services and concepts.

After five varied show days, the AMB show came to a close on Saturday, September 17th.

(Source: Landesmesse Stuttgart)

Despite difficult general conditions, AMB closed on a positive note. Booth discussions centered on specific projects, manufacturing and investments, while current energy prices and supply chain shortages took a back seat.

“We are back in the game! Five days of AMB. Five days filled with in-depth interactions, encounters with familiar faces and new contacts. The positive feedback from our exhibitors mainly indicates that these interactions in particular make trade fairs like AMB indispensable,” said Roland Bleinroth, President of Messe Stuttgart. “The return after the long break was very necessary for the metal industry – and a complete success. The number of visitors was impressive and for us as organizers the full halls were also very motivating.

Main focus of future opportunities

Digitization, automation, sustainability – these topics were in focus this year. In particular, new elements such as the Trend Lounge with its theme days on topics such as climate change, the Smart Factory with the presentation of automated processes or the self-guided tours for an individual visit to the fair, were all very popular with the visitors.

Gunnar Mey, Division Director Trade Fairs & Events at Messe Stuttgart, was pleased with AMB’s progress: “After the hiatus in 2020, AMB 2022 was relaunched at the right time, in the right place and with the most suitable concept. . The industry’s loyalty to its leading show is impressive. We would like to thank all exhibitors, visitors and our partners among professional associations and the media.“

High quality of visitors

Professional visitors flocked to Stuttgart from all over Europe. Around 18% came from abroad, slightly more than at AMB four years ago (17%). In total, visitors from 71 countries were registered. After Germany, the largest presence came from Switzerland, Austria, Scandinavia, Italy, France and the Netherlands. Of the German visitors, 65% came from Baden-Württemberg and 18% from Bavaria. The largest proportion was active in mechanical engineering (37%), while working and processing of metals (23%), the automotive industry and vehicle construction (18%), metal construction companies (13 %) as well as tool construction and mold making (eleven percent) were also present.

Top 3 global tool exporters and their main export countries in 2020. (Source: WZA)

Many exhibitors reported a high quality of visitors. The proof is in the numbers: 73% indicated that they had essential roles, participation or advice in purchasing decisions. One in ten is a member of the management board, general management or general management of their company. 38% worked in manufacturing, production or quality assurance, 10% in development and 8% in construction design.

In terms of machinery, more than half of all visitors (53%) were interested in milling machines, 41% also in lathes and automatic lathes. Add to that those interested in grinders and tool grinders (19%), drills (15%) and cells, systems and flexible machining centers (14%).

In terms of products and services, CAD/CAM/CAE at 32% and machining tools (29%) were the most sought after. They were followed by tightening tools (25%), mechanical engineering and manufacturing software (22%) and robots, part and tool handling (22%).

Start-up 2022 awarded at the Trend Lounge

The AMB also focused on young people and young entrepreneurs: in addition to the special youth fair aimed at attracting young professionals, start-ups and young companies presented their innovations in the start-up area and at the collective stand sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). In addition, on Saturday, the “Start-up AMB 2022” was chosen in the Trend Lounge by a high-level jury, which unanimously declared: “The format with the 15-minute pitches is perfectly suited to AMB. There were some good ideas. The solutions presented were all very good. The topics were tailored to the machines and companies at AMB, it was great fun to listen to. Several in-depth meetings will surely follow.

After the presentations, Gemineers with its “digital twin technology for the workshop” was chosen as the winner. Vincent Gerretz, co-founder and managing director, said he was very satisfied with this recognition: “For us, as a young start-up, this recognition is really useful. At this early stage, it is important to establish contacts with the sector, to generate awareness and to interact with others. We are incredibly happy with this award.

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