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Bauma preview: Action stations

Preparations are at fever pitch as exhibitors deliver their equipment and prepare their stands. Margo Cole reports on the latest news from the build-up to Bauma.

Final preparations are under way for next week’s Bauma international construction trade fair in Munich. The event is held every three years and this year, despite the recession, promises to be bigger than ever, with 555,000m² of indoor and outdoor exhibition space and over 3,000 exhibitors.

For months exhibitors have been building their stands, and the machines and equipment that will be exhibited on those stands have been arriving at the showground since mid-March. The organisers anticipate that around 6,000 trucks will arrive at the show ground in the lead-up to the event, bringing standbuilding equipment and exhibits.

Bauma exhibition director Georg Moller said: “Despite the logistics challenge faced in particular by our technical team and transport coordinators, we are really looking forward to this unique set-up phase for Bauma.

An 18-axle truck delivers the 200t Wirtgen 4200SM miner

An 18-axle truck delivers the 200t Wirtgen 4200SM miner

“Each day we are excited to see the tremendous progress being made on setting up the stands and assembling the machines.”

The heaviest exhibits have been travelling to the show for weeks, some by sea or rail, before making the last part of the journey to the fair by truck. One of those giants is the 4200SM surface miner from Wirtgen, a machine that is used in opencast mining, where it can cut, crush and load up to 12Mt of material a year.

Wirtgen has taken the 200t machine to Munich from its works in Windhagen, near Bonn via the Rhine-Main-Danube canal. It left in early March by truck, and was lifted onto a ship at the docks on the Rhine at Andernach, from where it was transported by ship to Kelheim.

Two cranes were needed to lift it onto a truck at the other end, from where it was escorted by police on the last leg of its journey to Munich. The 30m long machine is now being reassembled at the show ground.

  • Bauma runs from 19-25 April at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. For more information go to the Bauma website. NCE will be reviewing the show in next month’s plant special


Regional intelligence

Alongside the exhibition at Bauma is a forum where exhibitors, trade associations and business partners will present their latest product developments, trends and market analysis.

The focus will be on markets and technologies in Asia, Central and South America, the CIS/Russia and India. India’s minister for road transport and highways, Kamal Nath, will open a symposium on the first day of the fair on the construction industry and infrastructure in India.


Show’s innovation awards

Fifteen companies, products and projects have been shortlisted for 2010 Bauma Innovation Award.

There are five categories:

  • Machinery
  • Machinery component
  • Construction process/ construction work
  • Research
  • Design

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the eve of the show.

The shorlist includes:

  • Terra- Drill’s compact geothermal drill
  • Bauer’s down-the-hole flushing head for dry drilling rods
  • Golden Ears Bridge in Vancouver, built by Bilfinger Berger.

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