by steve fiscor, editor

Every three years, Messe München organizes the bauma trade fair, which takes place at the fairgrounds outside Munich, April 8-14. Billed as the world’s leading sector event for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction equipment, the exhibition space totals 640,000 m2, making it the largest trade show on earth. In 2016, bauma broke previous records, attracting a total of 3,425 exhibitors from 58 countries, and 583,736 visitors from 219 countries.

This bauma will be the 32nd edition and the organizers are thinking they may set another record. For 2019, Messe München expects to have 3,500 exhibitors from 60 countries and it expects to attract more than 600,000 from more than 200 countries. The size of the exhibit (640,000 m2) is already 9,000 m2 more than 2016. To accommodate the additional space, two new halls were constructed, so bauma now occupies 18 halls with more than 200,000 m2 of indoor exhibition space.
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