The BAUMA CONEXPO SHOW in India – bC India – held 8 to 11 February 2011 at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, exceeded all expectations: More than 22,000 visitors from 69 countries attended the first edition of the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles. The event is a joint venture between Messe München International (MMI) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).
Dennis Slater, President of AEM, stated: "The overall numbers are outstanding. I am convinced that bC India will indeed play a very important role in the Indian market." Eugen Egetenmeir, Managing Director of MMI, stated, "bC India proved to be a premium platform for the construction machinery industry in India by setting new organizational standards."
Thomas Löffler, Chief Executive Officer of the show organizer bC Expo India and Deputy CEO of MMI India, stated, "This result shows clearly that our decision to launch bC India came just at the right time at the right place. Furthermore, the number of exhibitors as well as the feedback from all participants evidence impressively that bC India truly is a new dimension for the construction industry."
In particular, the quality of business visitors and the facilities were highly appreciated among the exhibitors. By offering free of cost pre-registration and charging an entrance fee to non pre-registered visitors, a high professional level of business visitors was achieved. "The quality of visitors has been extremely good thanks to the restricted entry policy", said V. Venkataramana, Vice-President of Puzzolana. Ramesh Palagiri, Managing Director and CEO of Wirtgen India, added: "All visitors at our booth were 100 percent quality visitors."
With regards to the facilities and especially the indoor structure and outdoor exhibition area, all participants were extremely satisfied: "The organization has been perfect and we are enjoying a first-class exhibition. I recommend this event to all equipment manufacturers. We will come back", said José Luis del Prim, CEO of Enarco and President of the Committee for European Construction Equipment CECE.
In this context and from day one, bC India also turned out to be a perfect platform for doing real business: "bC India is not only an image branding show but also a selling show. Although the show is still running, we have been able to sell 207 units so far", stated Dr. Thomas Schulz, President Construction at Sandvik.
Responding to very strong demand from exhibitors in the run-up to the show, the exhibition space for bC India had been extended to a total of around 88,000 square meters. All in all, 508 exhibitors from over 30 countries showcased their latest products and innovations in machinery and equipment for construction, mining and building materials. In addition to that the show is the most international event within the construction exhibition sector in India, as 70 percent of the registered exhibitors were headquartered outside of India.
The international character of this trade fair was underlined with the participation of nine national pavilions from Australia, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom, all showcasing state-of-the-art technology produced in these countries.
Michael Schmid-Lindenmayer, Managing Director of Putzmeister India, said: "India definitely needed an event like bC India."
AEM has launched a new tradeshow, CONEXPO Latin America, set to take place in Santiago, Chile in 2015.
The end-of-show report from bC India shows over 28,000 professionals visited the show while 710 exhibitors from 33 countries provided a variety of products for attendees to see first-hand.
The dates and venue have been set for the next BAUMA CONEXPO - bC India, which will take place February 5 to 8, 2013.