The move to delay the initially scheduled 4-10 April 2022 exhibition is said to have followed many discussions between Messe München and top industry representatives as well as the advisory board.
“The decision to postpone bauma was not an easy one for us, of course. But we had to make it now, before the exhibitors start planning their participation in the trade show and make corresponding investments,” said Klaus Dittrich, chairman and CEO of Messe München.
He continued: “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 worldwide travel will be possible again. This makes participation difficult to plan and calculate for both exhibitors and visitors. Under these circumstances, we would not have been able to fulfil our central promise that bauma represents the entire spectrum of the industry and generate international reach like no other comparable event. After all, bauma’s last edition welcomed participants from over 200 countries around the world. Hence, the decision is consistent and logical.”
Joachim Schmid, managing director of the Construction Equipment and Plant Engineering Association in the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), supports the decision and welcomes that Messe München has followed the industry's request.
“The decision is tough, but it gives all parties the planning basis they need. The industry will now do everything it can for a strong bauma in October 2022. Even without a health crisis, companies need to overcome challenges such as digitalisation, autonomous construction sites and sustainability, and stay abreast of changes to avoid falling behind. For this, they need bauma as an innovation barometer and networking platform. In next year’s October, we will all meet again in Munich.”
Detailed answers to all questions on the postponement of bauma can be found at www.bauma.de. Exhibitors who have already registered will also receive further information there.
Regardless of the postponement, the technical and organisational planning for bauma 2022 continues. The core of bauma 2022 will be the face-to-face event, augmented and expanded by digital offerings. “This allows customers from all over the world to participate in bauma, even if they can't or don't want to travel to Munich,” explained Dittrich.
In consultation with the industry, the most important industry topics have already been defined for bauma 2022. Reflecting the megatrends of digitalisation and sustainability, bauma 2022 will focus on the following topics:
- The road to zero emissions
- Digital construction site
- Construction methods and materials of tomorrow
- The road to autonomous machines
- Mining—sustainable, efficient, reliable
These topics will not only play a central role in the exhibitors’ presentations; they will also be illustrated in special areas such as the VR Experience and will be a central theme in the supporting program. The categories of the bauma Innovation Award were also be adjusted accordingly. For the first time, applicants can participate in the categories of digitalisation and climate protection.