For the first time ever, 80,000 of the more than 250,000 visitors who attended Bau 2017 were from abroad. As a result, Bau, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, managed once again to make significant gains at the international level (2015: 72,000 visitors). With more than 65,000 visitors from architecture and planning offices, Bau managed yet again to solidify its reputation as a trade fair for architects. With a total of 2,120 exhibitors from 45 countries, it also set a new record for the number of exhibitors.
Reinhard Pfeiffer, the Managing Director responsible for the fair, is pleased with the results: “Once again, Bau has set a number of new records. In doing so, it has done an impressive job of demonstrating its position as a driving force behind innovation and a source of momentum to the construction industry.” Dieter Schäfer, Chairman of the Bau Exhibitor Advisory Board, was also thrilled: “From the exhibitors’ perspective, Bau was a complete success. It rightfully bears the title ‘World’s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems.’ For Martin J. Hörmann, Deputy Chairman of the Bau Exhibitor Advisory Board, Bau is “the industry highlight every two years.”
Once again, the Top 10 countries of visitor origin included three countries from outside the EU: Turkey (3,055 visitors/2015: 3,716), Russia (2,868/2015: 2,500) and China. The already large number of Chinese trade visitors increased once again (2,235 visitors/2015: 2,096), and China improved its ranking in the Top 10.
During Bau, Messe München announced that it has acquired a majority share of Fenestration China, China’s most important trade fair for windows, doors and facades. The new joint platform Fenestration BauChina will take place for the first time in Shanghai from November 7 to 10, 2017. The merger has also allowed Bau to strengthen its position in China, the most important construction market in the world.
Once again, neighboring countries Austria (11,520 visitors), Switzerland (5,243) and Italy (5,013) topped Bau’s list of visitor countries. The list of countries with the largest increases in the number of visitors shows that awareness about Bau is growing, even outside Europe. They include South Korea (1,301 visitors/+42%), the Usa (792 visitors/+40%) and India (803/+59%).
Next Bau will take place from 14 to 19 January 2019.