bautec 2018: Closing report
A renewed boost for the industry, greater numbers from abroad and trade visitors who were very satisfied - on February 23th, after four days of bautec, the assessment of exhibitors, trade visitors, trade associations, guilds and institutions was unanimously positive.
Among trade visitors, overall satisfaction rose to 82.5 per cent. 78.9 per cent of those polled said they would be back for the next bautec in two years time. The proportion of international attendance rose to 8.3 per cent. ”The widespread positive reactions are proof that bautec has firmly established itself among exhibitors and trade visitors as a shop window for new products and as a networking platform for all the skilled trades. Conditions could not be better for the next bautec in two years time“, said Karel Heijs, divisional head at Messe Berlin GmbH. This year’s fair offered trade visitors numerous new formats which were very well received by the public. New events included an architects' congress on facades, a Practical Day for the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector, and the bautec.INNOVATION AWARD, for which votes were cast by trade visitors.
”This year we addressed new topics that gave us the chance to target audiences even more precisely“, Heijs added. Most trade visitors represented the construction and installation professions, in particular the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector (34.4 %), followed by architects, planners and engineers, whose attendance was proportionately higher (19.2 %). Covering 8,000 square metres, Hall 25 with its new layout for the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector, where all the leading companies from the construction engineering industry were represented, was among the major attractions at bautec. The Construction Career Center met with a very positive response and was visited by around 3,000 students of all ages. Many young visitors also took the opportunity to attend University Day (22 Feb.) at the BAKA Forum. As part of the ‘Education Offensive 2050’ the three best projects received honours.
Overall, 459 exhibitors from 19 countries showcased their latest building materials, construction systems and technical installations for existing and new buildings on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. 32,000 visitors attended this year’s event. The next bautec will take place from 18 to 21 February 2020.