BAU celebrates a successful comeback
Following a four-year break, BAU, the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, is back with an excellent result. About 190,000 visitors informed themselves from April 17 to 22 at the Messe München exhibition center about the innovations and trends of the 2,260 exhibitors (2019: 2,250) from 49 countries (2019: 45 countries). The BAU Insights 365-days industry platform, set up just two months ago, was also a big hit – up to 40,000 people used the construction industry's new online portal every day.
BAU's successful comeback is also reflected in the survey run by the Gelszus opinion research institute, in which 93 percent of the exhibitors rated the fair as good to excellent. 91 percent also believe it has the right trade fair character. 90 percent of exhibitors gave top marks for quality, and 89 percent for the internationality of the visitors.
Visitors once again gave best marks for BAU 2023, as 98 percent of the respondents rated the fair as good to excellent.
At the top of BAU's international visitor ranking are Austria, Italy and Switzerland. Poland and Turkey now rank fourth and fifth thanks to strong growth. International visitors on the whole amounted to almost 80,000, which represents 40 percent of the total number of visitors and therefore a record result. In percentage terms internationality is somewhat higher than the previous record from 2019 (37 percent).
The number of Chinese visitors in particular must be emphasized here. With 1, 600 people, China ranks among BAU 2023's top 10 visitor countries. A positive surprise after the COVID-19 restrictions for traveling outside of China were only recently relaxed.
The BAU 2023 offering complements an extensive supporting program. In addition to presentations and discussion rounds with renowned architects in the C2 Forum, with the special shows and conferences, visitors also enjoyed insights into the world of construction. Competitions such as "Auf IT gebaut – Bauberufe mit Zukunft" (Built on IT – construction professions with a future) as well as the Balthasar-Neumann Award and the BaustoffMarkt Oscar used BAU as a stage for their award ceremonies.
The next edition of BAU will be held from January 13 to 18, 2025, at the Munich exhibition grounds. The digitalBAU conference + networking (July 4 - 6, 2023, Munich) and digitalBAU (February 20 - 22, 2024, Cologne) also present solutions and products in the construction software area.
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