AMB 2014 Metalworking show exceeds all expectations, signalling economic recovery

Editor: Barbara Schulz

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.

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State Secretary from the Ministry of Finance and Economy, Ingo Rust MdL (left), and Ulrich Kromer, president of Messe Stuttgart, at the opening press conference.
State Secretary from the Ministry of Finance and Economy, Ingo Rust MdL (left), and Ulrich Kromer, president of Messe Stuttgart, at the opening press conference.
(Source: Schulz)

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.

German machine tool orders up by 7%

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."

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.