Bauma China a major success

Bauma China closed its doors to satisfied exhibitors on Friday. The show took place in Shanghai's New Exhibition Centre and was attended by companies such as Liebherr, Manitowoc Group, Tadano Faun, JLG, Terex, Genie, Haulotte, Manitou and, a surprise to many Westerners attending, the specialist German scissor lift producer, Kreitzler.

Also exhibiting were representatives of the growing numbers of Chinese lifting equipment manufacturers. Taian Hoisting Machinery Works showed its range of truck mounted cranes while Sanyo Heavy Industry Group showed its Supernal range of tower cranes.

XCMG displayed its range of all terrain cranes, the company formerly had a licensing agreement with Liebherr, and the German company was surprised by the number of components still being supplied to XCMG by Liebherr's current component suppliers.

Another Chinese crane producer, Beijing Crane Works exhibited on a stand next to Tadano. The two companies have launched a joint venture that is expected to build more than 500 cranes per annum.

Exhibitors at the show all spoke of the high numbers of quality visitors experienced throughout the show and generally seemed confident of doing follow up business. Aerial lift companies confirmed that it is still "early days" for this new concept in China but predicted that orders would follow the show.

According to the organisers, 50,000 visitors attended this years show, up 50 percent on the last Bauma China. Almost a quarter of all visitors came from countries outside of China, representing 110 nations. While 742 exhibitors from 27 countries showed off their wares, up 62 percent on two years ago.

The dates for the next Bauma China have not yet been fixed, but will be sometime in November 2006.


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