bauma took place for the first time in 1954 under the name "Frühjahrsschau für Baumaschinen" (Spring Show for Construction Machinery). At the Theresienhöhe in Munich, 58 exhibitors presented their products to 8,000 expert visitors on an outdoor space of 20,000 m².
The name was still “Construction machines and devices for utilization”, but in 1956, bauma received its current name alongside the name "Deutsche Baumaschinen Ausstellung" (German Construction Machinery Exhibition). At the same time, the number of exhibitors and the exhibition space doubled. In 1958, the first 13 exhibitors from abroad took part.
bauma becomes a global trade fair
In 1962, bauma relocated to the “Oberwiesenfeld“ in Munich. The increasing number of exhibiting companies with their rising demand for space made this step necessary. In 1963, 463 exhibitors from all around the world presented their products on a space of 112,000 m². The construction industry was booming and the 10th bauma was characterized by the spirit of reconstruction. Now was the time when it established itself as a global trade fair for construction machines, construction devices, construction vehicles and building material machinery.
Already in 1967, bauma returned to its former location under the management of MMG. The start of the construction works for the sport facilities for the Olympic Games forced it back to the “Theresienhöhe” and “Theresienwiese” in Munich. In 1969, today’s host, the “Messe München“ took over the organization of bauma.
Recession influenced bauma
The recession also left its traces at bauma: 1973 was the last year of the trade fair. Only in 1977 did “Messe München“ decide to reopen bauma. Now in extended turns: every three years. Since then, the economic boom and upswing have been reflected in bauma's figures, which have been increasing from year to year.
bauma at the “Neue Messe München“
In 1998, bauma changed its location to the current fairground of the “Neue Messe München“ in Riem, in the east of Munich. In 2001, there were already 2,341 companies which exhibited their products, and 406,000 expert visitors gathered information on the latest innovations in the construction machinery market. bauma developed into the world leading trade fair of the construction machinery industry and breaks its own records year after year.
In 2016, bauma turned into the biggest trade fair in the world. 3,425 exhibitors presented their product innovation on a space of 605,000 m². About 40% of the 583,736 visitors came from more than 200 countries.
Alexander Schwörer, managing director of PERI GmbH, reviews bauma 2016 as follows: “For us bauma 2016 was a tremendous success. We are very satisfied with the response and with the high quality of the trade visitors. This fair offers us, as exhibitors, the chance to present our innovations capability and market leadership to a very broad, international audience and to communicate our competence in a very targeted way. For the visitors to bauma, this is a good opportunity to get an overview of the full spectrum of formwork and scaffolding technology.”
The construction machinery fair is growing beyond itself
2019, bauma presents its visitors a comprehensive range of construction machinery, building material machinery, mining machinery, construction vehicles and construction devices in four sectors segmented according to different topics. The expert trade fair will take place for the 32nd time in 2019 and serves as a market place and expert platform and sets the pace for the whole industry. The exhibition area was again expanded to 614,000 m²: