Intriguing components, interesting prototypes, and corporate displays that rivaled those automobile shows in Detroit or Chicago were only part of the 36th edition of EIMA, the International Exposition of Agricultural Machinery, held in Bologna, Italy, Nov. 12-16, 2005.
The five-day event hosted more than 1,760 exhibitors throughout the BolognaFiere exhibition halls, in spite of the absence of companies such as Same Deutz-Fahr and the agricultural division of John Deere. More than 103,000 visitors attended.
The results were considered satisfactory by Unacoma Service, Rome, Italy, the organizing company, in light of the fact that 2005's dates coincided with the large Hanover, Germany trade show.
The turnout of foreign attendees was good, numbering at 9,300 arriving from 95 countries to account for more than 9% of the total attendance.
While the focus of EIMA is the wholegoods — from tractor-mounted plows to sophisticated self-propelled vegetable harvesters — two floors are devoted to component suppliers who are specifically targeting OEMs.
The next EIMA is slated for Nov. 15-19, 2006. This event will mark a new direction for the Bologna review, which will then be held every two years.