Bauma 2019: CiA members are satisfied

CiA members are looking back to a successful Bauma 2019 tradeshow. CAN networks using CANopen, J1939, and proprietary application layers are the dominating communication technologies.

The worldwide leading tradeshow on construction and mining machines takes place every three years in Munich (Germany). Many CiA members participated in this one-week event (April 8 to April 14). With more than 620 000 visitors from over 200 countries the fair generated the best results in its 65-year history. The number of visitors rose by about 40 000 over the total produced during the previous event in 2016. More than 250 000 visitors came from countries outside Germany. The top 10 visitor countries after Germany were: Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Great Britain. The trade fair also experienced a strong increase in attendance from overseas visitors. Significant gains in this group were produced by China, Australia, and Japan. More than 5500 visitors came from China alone.

During the 2019 edition, exhibitors unveiled a huge number of innovations and new products to the trade fair’s global visitors. CAN-related product launches are documented by the CAN Newsletter Online magazine. The focal point of this year’s Bauma was sustainable and digital solutions. All exhibitors agreed that digitalization is a “megatrend” in the construction machinery industry, said Andreas Klauser, the CEO of CiA member Palfinger. Sensors and communication interfaces that collect and analyze data have become general-purpose equipment. This includes especially CAN-based products. Functional safety has arrived in construction and mining machines. Several CiA members presented their CANopen Safety products – host controllers, sensors, and actuators. For more details visit the CAN Newsletter Online magazine.

The visit by many high-ranking political leaders underscored Bauma’s exceptional importance, a reputation that extends far beyond the industry itself. “This trade fair is a showcase for Germany,” said Peter Altmaier, the German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. The Bavarian Minister President, Dr. Markus Soeder, confessed: “For me as a private individual, a visit to Bauma has always been a highlight in my life.” Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian State Minister for Economic Affairs, State Development and Energy, Deputy Minister President, also took an extended tour of the trade fair. Partner country, Canada, was represented in by Stéphane Dion, the Ambassador and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Jonatan Julien, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Quebec province. The Chinese delegation was led by Wang Bingnan, Vice Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.

The next Bauma will be held from April 4 to April 10, 2022. CiA will organize a joint stand on request by members. Next CiA joint stand is on Conexpo 2020, the US exhibition on construction and mining machines, which is located in Las Vegas.