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Fairground prizes

Bauma

The world's major construction equipment exhibition, Bauma 2001, was bigger than ever. Words and pictures by Mike Winney.

Bauma 2001 lived up to the boast of Messe Munchen and show sponsor VDMA - the German Trade Association of Construction Equipment & Building Material Machines Manufacturers; that the Bavarian capital puts on the biggest international construction equipment show in the world.

But it would be a mistake to think that plant exhibitions are just about machines. What the exhibitors are really showing is ideas about how to do things, better, faster, safer or more easily. And there were ideas aplenty at this year's show.

Nearly 2,500 exhibitors filled 15 vast halls totalling 16ha of covered space; a further 28.5ha of open air stands bristling with every sort of equipment large and small; around 400,000 visitors attended over seven days of the exhibition.

Bauma has driven the development of Munich' s exhibition and conference centre since its inception in 1954. The previous show in 1998 marked the move to a superb new facility built on the Oberweisenfeld site of the former airport.

The scale of the fairground is such that it needs two stops (one East and one West) on the new U-bahn line running out to the exhibition centre.

Just to cast an eye over all the exhibits would take the full week of the show, but a selection of the more interesting developments are described on these pages.

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