The rising importance of Africa in the world's construction and mining markets is taking center stage at this year's bauma Africa – the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles - which will take place from September 18 to 21, 2013 at the Gallagher Convention Center, Johannesburg.
The trade fair has been a sell-out success with over 500 exhibitors taking up over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space. Exhibitors from 34 countries will be participating in the trade fair and over 200 companies will be part of international pavilions from Austria, China, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Korea, Northern Ireland and Spain.
Elaine Crewe, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Munchen International (MMI) South Africa, says that "as investors and businesses look towards developing countries for new growth, the mining and construction industries are set to profit from this move. The need for infrastructure present a growing opportunity for those present in these sectors to provide services and products throughout developing countries and benefit from this burgeoning growth. The growing pool of international entrants into the African market are a telling sign of just how important Africa is becoming and the need for specialized players in the industry, we trust that bauma Africa will highlight new products in these sectors.”
Online visitor pre-registration has opened on the bauma Africa website. This will give visitors the opportunity to be part of the bauma Africa matchmaking program which has been designed to assist visitors in setting up onsite appointments with exhibitors prior to the show.
bauma Africa was also in the spotlight at its parent trade fair bauma which was held in Munich from April 15 to 21, 2013. bauma's "Country Special" focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa held at the event was met with a high degree of interest and featured some of Africa’s leading industry figures including – amongst others – Charles Siwawa, CEO of the Chamber of Mines Botswana. Attendees at the Country Special were welcomed by Dumisani Dlomo, Consul of the Republic of South Africa, Munich.