Metalworking show exceeds all expectations, signalling economic recovery
Among the world's top-five metalworking shows
According to show organiser Messe Stuttgart, a total of 90,331 visitors (2012: 88,183) came to Stuttgart. 15% of them were from abroad, 3% more than at the previous event, Messe Stuttgart noted. "With this result, AMB is justifiably one of the five most important industry trade fairs worldwide," said Ulrich Kromer, president of Messe Stuttgart.
Once again, exhibitors showcased numerous innovations and further developments, including some brand-new products for a diverse range of machining applications. All nine exhibition halls, including the foyer areas, were booked up solid, i.e., a total of over 105,200 m² (gross), the organisers said.
Customers from all industry sectors came to invest
Against the background of a still good economic climate, stable demand at a continued high level and a high level of orders on hand in the industry, despite a slight economic downturn, the atmosphere among the exhibitors and visitors was brilliant. Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, president of the Association of German Machine Tool Manufacturers (VDW), agreed on behalf of his members: "The companies are very satisfied with the outcome of the exhibition. Customers from all industry segments came to AMB with investment projects."
Markus Heseding, president of the Precision Tools and Measurement and Testing Technology associations within the German Engineering Association (VDMA), added: "The trade fair has established itself very successfully among the world's five largest metalworking trade fairs. Our members are reporting that the atmosphere among their customers is still good, and many high-ranking visitors came to Stuttgart with specific projects. For this reason, we are expecting excellent follow-up business."
AMB 2016 will take place in Stuttgart from 13 to 17 September.