The world’s largest construction trade fair postponed

Image credit: Messe München


Bauma, the world’s largest construction equipment trade fair in Munich, Germany, has been postponed to fall 2022.

The announcement comes after the result of numerous discussions between Messe München and key industry representatives as well as the Advisory Board.

The new date is October 24-30, 2022 according to an official press release.

The press release goes on to say; Considering the particularly long planning times for exhibitors and organizers of the world’s largest trade fair, the decision had to be made now. This provides exhibitors and visitors with a secure planning basis for the preparation of the next bauma.

[Read our Highlights from Bauma 2019 when Scaffmag visited]

Initially, the Bauma was to be held from April 4 to 10, 2022. Despite the pandemic, the industry response and the level of reservations have been very high. However, in numerous discussions with customers, it was increasingly recognized that the April date involved too many uncertainties given the global pandemic. The prevailing opinion was that it is currently difficult to assess whether the trips around the world, which are essential for the success of the show, will again be largely unhindered in a year from now.

Global exhibitors, who expect customers from all over the world to attend Bauma and invest in stand construction, logistics and hotel capacity accordingly, have urged a delay. They saw the decisive advantage of the fair, namely to bring together the entire industry and to be a hub for all markets, as a compromise if the April date was respected.

Bauma 2019, Image credit: Messe München

Thanks to this decision, exhibitors and visitors now have a clear and secure basis for planning, emphasizes Klaus Dittrich, CEO of Messe München: “The decision to postpone Bauma was not easy for us, of course. But we had to do it now, before exhibitors started planning their participation in the show and making the corresponding investments. Unfortunately, despite the vaccination campaign that has been launched around the world, it is not yet possible to predict when the pandemic will be largely under control and unlimited travel around the world will once again be possible. This makes participation difficult to plan and calculate for exhibitors and visitors. Under these circumstances, we would not have been able to deliver on our central promise that Bauma, the world’s leading trade fair, represents the entire spectrum of the industry and generates international reach like no other comparable event. After all, the latest edition of Bauma welcomed participants from over 200 countries around the world. Therefore, the decision is consistent and logical.

This is yet another disappointment for the hugely important Bauma show following recent announcements that Volvo Construction Equipment and JCB have no plans to exhibit at the show.

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