AMB 2014 Metalworking show exceeds all expectations, signalling economic recovery
With more than 90,000 visitors, the Stuttgart, Germany-based machine tool and metalworking exhibition AMB has established itself among the world's top-five metalworking shows, with a growing number of international visitors.
From 16 to 20 September 2014, AMB 2014 was once again living up to the expectations to offer an ideal forum for trade experts to find out about the latest developments in the machine tool industry. The machine tool and metalworking show has long since established itself as one of the world’s leading trade fairs in its field and has constantly improved its international character. While some exhibitors call it a “mini-EMO” (see interview on page 26), AMB is still an important event for the German machine tool industry, as well as the region of Stuttgart, Baden Württemberg.
State Secretary from the Ministry of Finance and Economy, Ingo Rust MdL, said during the opening ceremony that for Baden-Württemberg, with its strong production industry, AMB was an indispensable platform. "The federal state is at the heart of German machine construction, with a share of 32.1% in 2013 of Germany's machine construction sales," he said. In 2014, according to an economic survey by the industry association VDMA in Baden-Württemberg, mechanical engineering companies were expecting a nominal growth of 5.5% (approx. 4.3% in real terms) and forecast a turnover of approx. €72bn for 2014, Rust said. "The indicators of the economy suggest that the economy's growth in 2014 in Baden-Württemberg will be even stronger collectively. An actual growth of more than 2% for the south-west economy is a real prospect."