bc AfricaThe third edition of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA finished its successful run last week, as more than 450 exhibitors and 14,000-plus visitors were in attendance at the international trade fair in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Known as the premier trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles in Africa, bauma CONEXPO AFRICA saw many of its exhibitors experience increased sales of machinery and equipment over its recent four-day run.

“The trade fair reflected a sense of renewed optimism and highlighted the opportunities in the industry, despite recent economic challenges,” said Stefan Rummel, managing director of Messe München.

Thirteen percent of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA visitors came from outside the host country South Africa, while the top-five visitor countries from within the continent, aside from South Africa, were Zimbabwe, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia. Delegations from Chile, Israel, Kenya and Turkey also attended the trade fair, and their participation underlines the importance of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA as the largest industry event for the sector in this area of the world.

“It is significant to have a consistent and engaged presence in the region in order to take advantage of long-term business potential,” said AEM Senior Director of International Exhibitions and Events Petra Kaiser. "bauma CONEXPO AFRICA creates a platform to help facilitate these opportunities.”

The organizers, BC Expo South Africa, Messe München and AEM are looking forward to the next edition of the trade fair, which will again take place in Johannesburg in 2021.

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