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Fenestration Bau China celebrates successful premiere

The inaugural Fenestration Bau China (FBC) celebrated a successful premiere. 625 national and international exhibitors (2016: 580) presented their latest technologies and solutions for the Chinese construction market on an exhibition area of over 48,500 square meters net space (2016: 44,000 square meters net). As with BAU in Munich, Germany, the integration of new segments considerably increased the already high quality of the event. This was also acknowledged by the many trade visitors to the fair. The event experience was rounded off with BAU Congress China and a diverse, informative supporting program.

Higher quality and more international participants
95,000 visits (2016: 80,000) were able to discover the latest solutions and technologies for the construction materials industry in China on over 48,500 square meters net space. New segments from BAU Munich, such as BAU IT, building automation, building technology and tools, extended the product groups of FBC. As a result, FBC has established itself as a technology platform and initiator for the Chinese construction market. "Our goal is to successively expand the segments and extend the conference program to make Fenestration Bau China the most important platform for the entire construction industry in the Asian region, " explains Matthias Strauss, Project Director of FBC. The international reputation of BAU Munich, high quality materials, and an exceptional supporting program all made FBC appealing to trade visitors. More architects, planners, and engineers attended. "The quality claim of BAU in Munich is our orientation, " says Mirko Arend, responsible for the BAU Cluster and also Project Director of BAU Munich. "Having the knowledge of BAU, the BAU Congress China, and Fenestration China under one roof offers added value to our trade visitors that is not present at many other events, " adds Arend.

As expected, most exhibitors were from China. The number of international exhibitors increased again in 2017. After China, the countries from which most exhibitors came were (in this order): Germany, Italy, the USA, and Belgium. Also surrounding countries like Japan or Korea exhibited at FBC 2017.

"Important information and networking platform"
The requirements of the Chinese construction industry were also a key component of BAU Congress China, which was integrated into the event. Over three days, visitors, exhibitors, and experts discussed solutions for the key topics "Tomorrow's Urban Design", "Future Building Technology", and "Projects for China." This is the fourth time this high-quality platform has been organized, and once again there were some very distinguished speakers, including Wolf D. Prix, Prof. Kees Christiaanse, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Satoshi Ohashi, Prof. Zhang Li, and Andy Wen. Boris Schade-Bünsow, Chief Editor of Bauwelt and organizer of the congress, explains: "As an information and networking platform, BAU Congress China is the ideal supplement to Fenestration Bau China. Current problems in the Chinese construction market are presented and tailored, high-quality solutions can then be assessed at the fair."

The congress program was also very popular in 2017 and was fully booked on all three days. The speakers were also enthusiastic. Speaking for the others, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, BIG NYC, says: "The BCC was a very lively congress. The high level of interest shown by the trade public showed that the concept of presenting European and Chinese solution approaches for the different developments in the Chinese construction market was very well received. BCC is the interface to promote and develop the dialog between international and Chinese architects."

In addition to the trade fair and the congress, participants were given insights into the developments and requirements of the market in the supporting program, which is unique for the Chinese market. At “Talks to Architects”, interested parties could ask the responsible architects about current construction projects. There were also discussion forums about the topic of buildings. At “Talks to Distributors”, trade dealers provided information about current operating models. The familiar, exclusive presentation platform ATI Forum was also staged in 2017. As in past years, construction solutions were presented that could fit in with the concepts and ideas of Fenestration Bau China from an application aspect. ift Rosenheim was a prominent mentor for the quality of the event. The inaugural Prefabricated Building and Real Estate Development Forum also took place at Fenestration Bau China. In addition to current standards, the latest trends in prefabricated building were also discussed at this newly created platform. Fenestration Days China was held in the run-up to the trade fair. The latest technologies and trends in the area of windows and doors were presented here.

The next Fenestration Bau China will take place from October 31 to November 3, 2018 at the New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC) in Beijing.

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