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Editorial Comment

Just When You

Thought It Could Not

Get Any Bigger!

T

he biggest show on earth for the

construction industry is over for another three years and, as

spectacular as it is, it may be coming just a little too big.

Not only did this year set a record for the number of exhib-

itors and square metres of display area but it also attracted close to 600,000

people.

On the first day, the sun shone, so the many thousands flocked to the

outside areas making it almost impossible to move at times. The area

around the massive Liebherr stand became gridlocked every time they

decided to entertain the masses by starting up the company’s largest mining

truck and loading shovel.

The second day saw a dramatic change, with heavy rain forcing people

into the many cavernous halls much to the delight of those companies with

an indoor display area. However, here again gridlock prevails when com-

panies such as Caterpillar started up their ear-shattering visual display

presentation. The brave ventured to the comparatively less crowded areas

outside.

In some places, the cacophony of sound, as one stand tried to out do

another, was a little too much to bear. I felt sorry for the stand workers on

adjacent stands where there was no escaping the incessant noise.

For regular visitors, the event is akin to the local shopping centre as

every stand is in the same location and to the same size. Such is the de-

mand for space from existing exhibitors wanting a larger stand and new

companies wanting to participate that companies have little choice than

to keep their position.

This makes them relatively easy to find. However, if a company is lucky

enough to get space for the first time (usually as a result of a company

closing down or being taken over), trying to locate them is mind boggling.

At times, one’s sense of direction gets lost and you find yourself wandering

around.

And, if you happen to be going in the wrong direction you can find

yourself as much as 2 km away from where you want to be! For those too

exhausted to fight their way back, there is the option of free bicycle-rick-

shaws and a train taking people around but to take one of these required

a lot of patience as progress was incredible slow.

‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Bauma

As much as I enjoy visiting the Bauma event, having been at everyone since

1981, this was probably my last time visiting in a professional capacity.

Unfortunately it is getting just a little too much for my aging bones to man-

age. . . .but I could still be tempted back for the experience, which is

unmatched.

Until then

“Auf Wiedersehen”

.

Publisher/Editor

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