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Double trade fair RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE sees double-digit growth in visitor numbers

This year’s RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE demonstration trade fair has concluded with excellent exhibitor and visitor numbers, improving significantly on the last event held in 2019. Over the course of the three-day exhibition, around 9,500 visitors discovered a wide range of products and solutions on offer from over 210 manufacturers, dealers and service providers in the construction and environmental engineering sectors. The high proportion of industry visitors, the larger scope and the return of personal discussions made RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE 2022 a great success.

Britta Wirtz, CEO of Messe Karlsruhe says: “We are proud to have hosted RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE, a powerful sales engine for the construction, demolition and recycling industries that are so vital to our future. Given the significance of issues like sustainability and preserving raw materials, the careful handling of existing and utilised materials is becoming ever more important. With the innovative machinery and systems on show, the double trade fair provides vital inspiration and momentum for the construction sector and circular economy, as well as boosting the sustainable use of raw materials in the technology hub of Karlsruhe.”

Olivia Hogenmüller, project manager for RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE is pleased with the event: “RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE 2022 was a great success, with a big rise in visitor numbers and leading industry players featured at the live demonstrations. This is what makes our double trade fair so unique. We were able to organise professionally and flexibly to provide all this to a wide audience. I am delighted with the positive feedback we have received from everyone involved. This is also down in no small part to the industry associations represented in our advisory committee, whose technical expertise was invaluable.”

Double trade fair brings key industries together

Held on the grounds of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, the double trade fair brought the recycling and construction industries together for the third time. 9,500 visitors were able to see for themselves the efficiency and performance of around 1,000 machines and systems, with two thirds of the stands featuring live demonstrations. One of the exhibitors showcasing their technology was Kurz Aufbereitungsanlagen. Sales Manager Harald Weber is already looking forward to the next event: “What I like most about this trade fair is the combination of various topics. Our customers are interested in both recycling systems and civil engineering, and can experience both here in one exhibition.”

Feedback from visitors was also positive, with 67 per cent interested in both RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE. Daniel Kohler, Managing Director of Gerike Bau, was impressed by the combination of topics: “We love the idea behind the trade fair. As a civil engineering company, we are constantly faced with the question of how to transport or recycle excavated earth. This event is therefore perfect for staying up to date. We were also able to meet many long-standing colleagues of ours here and enjoy in-person discussions again.”

This was the industry’s first major gathering since the start of the pandemic, with participants also praising the dedication and service of organiser Messe Karlsruhe. Günther Braun, a consultant at Agrotel, said: “The team at the trade fair centre were extremely friendly and delivered excellent service. We received professional help whenever we needed it. We have never experienced such support at any other trade fair.

Focus on networking and professional discussions

The desire for a live event was palpable, and both visitors and exhibitors used the double trade fair to reignite their personal contacts. Jochen Schwab, Managing Director of SCHWAB GmbH, says: “The action is finally back! Everywhere you look there is something exciting happening. We are delighted to be close to our customers again. The event gives us the chance to showcase our products and our customers have shown great interest. This euphoria is infectious, and we have already used it to initiate new business.” Jonas Pillmayer, Marketing Manager at SkanCraft, agrees: “The double trade fair is simply a must for any manufacturer or dealer in the construction sector. The event programme is open and well thought out, allowing lots of time for networking after the action of the trade fair.”

Companies from all over Germany came to Karlsruhe to participate. A third of visitors travelled over 100 kilometres and over half travelled over 300 kilometres.

Visitors closing deals at the event

95 per cent of visitors attended the trade fair in a professional capacity, with a particularly high proportion of decision-makers. Over half of visitors worked in executive or company management, were company owners or self-employed businesspeople. They were also more willing to invest than in 2019. Thomas Knapp, Head of Sales Germany at Wacker Neuson, says: “It’s great to have industry visitors here, as it allows us to have high-quality discussions that deliver leads. We are pleased to have been here and will keep coming back to Karlsruhe. Nothing compares to in-person trade fairs. Digital events really struggle to recreate the personal contact.” Carsten Obrecht, CEO at HS Schoch, adds: “The quality of the visitors is very high, with lots of important decision-makers. We have already concluded some sales.”

New demonstration formats and special areas delight visitors

The 90,000 square metres of outdoor exhibition area at RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE featured some wide-ranging demonstration areas. Three quarters of exhibitors used the event to showcase their products in action, either at their own stand or on one of the five demonstration areas. These included the special theme area scrap and metal, and the demonstration building sites for special heavy construction, conduit construction, and e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping. These were accompanied by the new attachments arena. In total, visitors were treated to 24 action-packed hours of machine and system demonstrations across three days.

“The event certainly delivered on its promise! For industry visitors, it was a compact and very professional trade fair. Most of all, I enjoyed the live demonstrations. You just cannot do something like that digitally. It’s this that makes trade fairs so special”, says Andreas Gruber, Head of Wood & Biomass at Zeller Recycling.

First SBM Summit held alongside demonstration trade fair

Demand for environmentally friendly construction materials and sustainable solutions in the construction sector has grown massively in recent years. Participants were given a preview of tomorrow’s construction methods at the very first Sustainable Building Materials Summit (SBM). This one-day industry congress for sustainable and ecological materials used in the construction and expansion of buildings was held alongside RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE on 6 May. Presentations from leading names in the industry gave architects, interior designers, construction engineers and manufacturers information about the latest developments in sustainable construction. The event also allowed delegates to network with colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. More opportunities for discussion were provided by the accompanying special materials show, in which material researchers presented their latest results up close and in person.

Delegates were pleased with how the inaugural congress went. Monika Meier, CEO of NeptuGmbH, said: “It is a really nice and informative event that is incredibly important for anyone who works in construction. I’m extremely happy with the programme. It was both comprehensive and diverse.” Sylvia Mitschele-Mörmann, a freelance interior designer and Vice Chairwoman of the bdia Baden-Württemberg association, added: “This is where researchers, manufacturers and users meet to see how the sustainable construction materials of the future are being developed. There is a nice family atmosphere here, which is great for networking.”

The next RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will take place from 27 to 29 April 2023 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

Industry associations add their expertise to boost the profile of RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE

Five leading industry associations reflect the needs and challenges of the respective markets, and boost the profile of the trade fair duo with their wide-ranging expertise. They will also enrich the event programme with their support for the five demonstration formats on the topics of scrap and metal, conduit construction, special heavy construction, compact construction, gardening and landscaping, and the new attachments arena. Alongside this, they will also be responsible for the content and organisation of the five specialist visitor tours. These guided and moderated tours will provide answers to specific questions regarding construction logistics and processes, the processing of mineral waste and modern recycling systems. “Our trade fair duo benefits significantly from the strong technical expertise of our association partners. We want to continue developing the concept behind the event to keep it up to date. The continuous discussions on industry topics help us to ensure this, while also guaranteeing that our event addresses the technical and legal developments in order to address important market trends”, explains Olivia Hogenmüller, project manager at Messe Karlsruhe.

Recycling and demolition associations reflect the market

“For years, RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE has been an important and dynamic platform for information on technical innovations and processes in the industry. Our businesses are focused on progress and this event is an essential part of the calendar”, says Eric Rehbock, Managing Director of the German Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (bvse) and member of the advisory committee to the demonstration trade fair. “The bvse has partnered the event since the very beginning. As Germany’s largest association for the recycling and waste management sector, we use our own activities at the large demonstration and special theme areas to provide industry players with important new inspiration to develop and strengthen recycling, as well as ensure the quality of secondary raw materials and construction materials. By providing a compact overview of the sector and the opportunity for intense technical discussions, the trade fair offers real value to visitors for their everyday work. Given the disastrous events in Ukraine and the lingering effects of the largest pandemic in modern times, it also provides valuable orientation for the multifaceted and ever-changing challenges of the market. This year’s trade fair duo will also act as an important place for information and networking to help companies find the specialists and logistics workers they so desperately need right now. The combination of well-trained staff and cutting-edge technology forms the foundation on which our companies can offer high-quality recycling. This plays an essential and decisive role for protecting the environment, the climate and resources”, emphasises Rehbock.

The German Demolition Association (DA) focuses on reincorporating components and waste into the circular economy of the construction sector: “Using recycled construction materials contributes greatly towards environmental and resource protection. In Germany, these materials are subject to a wide range of tests in order to ensure a high level of quality. We need to reclaim more raw materials from demolished buildings, in order to feed components and waste back into construction and create product cycles”, says Andreas Pocha, Managing Director of the DA. “The exhibitors at RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will showcase their latest products and solutions in this area. Visitors will be able to gain further practical information from the associations’ experts on the guided tours. By adding more focus topics like e-mobility and digitalisation in the construction sector, the double trade fair has its finger firmly on the pulse of the industry”, he continues.

For the Association of German Steel Recycling and Disposal Companies (BDSV), current efforts revolve around high-quality recycling of steel waste: “Both businesses and governments are increasingly recognising the fact that ‘green steel’ can only be made through increased use of steel waste. Well-processed recycled steel is the key to creating functioning, high-quality circular economies”, explains BDSV Managing Director Thomas Junker. “RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE gives industry players a quick overview of the latest technical developments in this area. Visitors can see for themselves how the machines perform in practical demonstrations at the exhibitors’ stands and in the special theme area scrap and metal.

The partner associations of RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE also include the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), which represents over 3,000 mostly medium-sized companies in the investment goods sector in Germany and is one of Europe’s largest industry bodies. Sören Grumptmann, specialist for waste and recycling technology at the VDMA, stresses the value of the trade fair duo: “The industry is looking forward to the first live demonstration trade fair after the pandemic. Being there in person is always so much better than only being able to see machines on screen. RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE in Karlsruhe is the perfect opportunity to find out about the latest technology.”

“The trade fair is an incredible chance to show the innovative way in which the metal recycling industry works. Our sector is the ecological backbone, so to speak, when it comes to creating sustainable industry. This fact is clear to see at an event like RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE, especially at the special theme area scrap metal”, says Kilian Schwaiger, Deputy Managing Director of the Association of German Metal Traders (VDM). Also supporting RecyclingAKTIV with their industry knowledge are the German Association of Recycled Construction Materials (BRB), the Quality Assurance System for Recycled Construction Materials for Baden-Württemberg (QRB), the Baden-Württemberg Industrial Association for Stone and Earth (iste) and the gravel body KIWI Oberrhein.

VDBUM as a strategic partner for civil engineering

TiefbauLIVE is partnered by the German Association of the Building Industry, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (VDBUM). “RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will be the sector’s first trade fair in what promises to be an exciting year of events. What makes this double trade fair so special are the incredibly wide-ranging show programmes across five demonstration areas, as well as the exhibitors’ own interactive stands. Our members are already looking forward to exciting demonstrations of construction machinery and equipment”, says Dieter Schnittjer, Managing Director of the VDBUM. The VDBUM will be responsible for the content and on-site moderation at the three demonstration building sites, and has set up two guided tours. In addition, the association will host a dedicated industry event for special heavy construction on Friday 6 May at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. For the second day of the trade fair, the VDBUM is planning a very special event. “Our two Baden-Württemberg offices in Freiburg and Stuttgart are celebrating their 50th anniversary. We want to mark this occasion with a joint tour of the trade fair at 2 pm, an anniversary party from 5.30 pm, and an anniversary and trade fair evening from 7 pm”, says Schnittjer.

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE 2022: 24 hours of live machinery and equipment demonstrations across three days

Alternative drives for construction machinery, vehicles and recycling systems, building site processes, digitalisation and the ongoing struggle to find qualified workers are the issues on everyone’s lips in the construction and environmental engineering sectors. The solutions to these market challenges will be on show at over 200 exhibitor stands across 90,000 m² of indoor and outdoor exhibition space in Karlsruhe. The burning issues will also be the subject of five focused live demonstration formats, which will address them in practical processes. As the demonstration trade fair returns to the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre for the third time from 5 to 7 May, the event’s clear focus on live demonstrations has been intensified and expanded with more programme highlights reflecting the needs of the market.

Action-packed highlights across five demo formats

The trade fair will feature a total of three new demonstration formats, including the attachments arena. This will offer visitors a series of three specialist demonstrations per day that will provide an action-packed show highlighting the versatility of the carrier vehicles as they take part in demolition, recycling or ground preparation work. Visitors will therefore easily be able to find the perfect equipment to boost productivity in their own businesses. Alongside construction machinery and vehicles, the focus here will be on attachments. Tools like bucket screeners, demolition hammers and attached compactors will be demonstrated in realistic construction processes. Expert advisers will be on hand to provide information about the features and applications of the attachments, perfectly complimenting the impressive show.

Alongside the trade fair, the German Association of the Building Industry, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (VDBUM) will host a dedicated event for special heavy construction on Friday 6 May. It will feature a series of business leaders and managers from leading heavy construction companies, engineering offices, machinery and component manufacturers as well as assembly service providers. Together with the demonstration building site heavy construction, this will create a combination of theory and practice that will form the basis for expanding on the topic going forward. The demonstration building site will showcase a rotary drilling system from Bauer alongside a MOVAX pile driver and auger. The issues of safety and process orientation will be at the heart of the demonstration building site. The VDBUM will also focus on construction sites logistics, security and material transport in its two daily demonstrations, which will expand the product presentation with intensive and individual consultation as the equipment is working.

Another new addition is the demonstration building site e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping. This was initiated by the VDBUM and created together with the regional gardening and landscaping association GaLaBau BW. The demonstration building site will feature around ten participants, including major industry players like Wacker Neuson, Kiesel with Giant and Hitachi, Wilhelm Schäfer, AVANT Tecno, Husqvarna and JCB. A total of around 16 powerful yet efficient machines will be demonstrated, including battery-driven mini-excavators, multifunction loaders, forklifts and dumpers. This aims to highlight practical solutions to increasingly strict noise and exhaust pollution requirements in tenders for urban construction. The demonstration building site will address two current topics simultaneously, showcasing alternative drive systems for machinery while also focusing on the topic of qualification and training. The machinery will be demonstrated by apprentices from participating businesses. This will bring to life exciting jobs like operating construction machinery, while also highlighting the variety in these youngsters’ training programmes.

The topics of the demonstration building site conduit construction range from earth excavation and compaction to underground duct construction, material preparation and excavator control. Activities like excavation for underground supply lines, earth moving and material preparation, or the transport and loading of pipe elements and other construction materials, will be demonstrated here as a single construction process. This will be just like a real construction site, but in a compact format and with expert moderation from the VDBUM. Participating companies will include Moba, Hydrema, ALLU, Kemroc, SANY, RSP and Zeppelin. Visitors can look forward to seeing mobile and chain excavators in various weight classes using attachments like bucket screens, cutters, attached compactors or pipe connectors. These typical activities showcased on and around the demonstration building site will be rounded off with vehicles for material transport and machines for disposing of mineral materials, such as suction excavators.

The specific infrastructure of a modern scrap yard, featuring all the common work steps like storage, shredding, handling and processing, will be recreated across around 2,000 square metres of demonstration area. Every demonstration will be accompanied by professional dialogue with product specialists from the respective participating companies. The highlight of the special theme area scrap metal will be a system consisting of four units for processing light mixed scrap metal. This will showcase the material recycling process chain from pre-shredding to clean output. The system will be fed by a CAT MH3024 material handler fitted with an orange-peel gripper. Also on show will be scrap shears from VENETO Schwenter and MBI, as well as a hydraulic magnet from SkanCraft. In this realistic scrapyard environment, analyticon instruments will provide insights into mobile analytics by presenting the benefits of analysers for determining different alloys. Finally, the scrapyard will also feature a modular system for storage boxes and the demonstration of a BUTTI forklift brush attachment.

Specialist tours address current developments

A total of five specialist tours will address topics that are influencing the industry today, as well as providing inspiration, showcasing solutions and offering a compact insight into the latest issues in special heavy engineering, demolition and recycling. With expert moderation from the associations BDSV, bvse, DA, VDBUM and GaLaBau BW, each tour will take groups of no more than 30 participants to speak with industry experts from the respective association partners. The tours will last around 90 minutes and visit between six and 10 selected stands, offering a huge amount of expert input. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the right contact partners at the respective stands without waiting. They will also be able to follow the product presentations that they are interested in and find new inspiration to take back with them for their own activities. Tours are free for visitors.

The topics of the tours are as follows:

• Construction processes (presented by VDBUM)

• Construction site logistics (presented by VDBUM)

• Gardening and landscaping (presented by GaLaBau BW)

• Mobile processing technology in steel recycling (presented by BDSV and ISM – German Institute for Scrap and Metals)

• From demolition to the use of quality-assured secondary building materials (presented by bvse and DA)

Discover your future at the job fair

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will also provide an area for jobs with prospects close to two dynamic demonstration building sites. Leading construction, demolition and recycling companies like Peter Gross Bau, Leonhard Weiss, the Oettinger Group and the Reif Group from Raststatt will be represented here and will present both themselves and their vacancies in the realistic working environment. As this area will also feature apprentices from the construction sector, it will be easy for school and university students, apprentices, young professionals, specialists and those looking for a new career challenge to join discussions with the companies in a relaxed atmosphere.

Founders’ Garage: Start-ups to showcase product innovations

The hall area will also host the Founders’ Garage, a start-up zone in collaboration with COREUM. This will offer young businesses a promising platform to market their innovative solutions, sound out potential partnerships, or draw the attention of investors and media. Their ideas address the future trends of the construction industry, recycling and environmental engineering. SODEX, for example, will present its assistant system SDX-4DVision. Based on laser and camera technology, this automates measurement and documentation work in special heavy engineering. Another start-up, Wastebox, will showcase its newly developed app that digitally maps out the entire disposal process. It connects customers and suppliers in real time, allowing them to organise the disposal of construction waste quickly and transparently. Other start-ups at the Founders’ Garage will include Quiky, Recalm and PistonPower.

SBM Summit for sustainable building materials

The SBM Summit (sustainable building materials) is the first industry congress for sustainable and ecological materials used in the construction and conversion of buildings. The event will offer an exclusive programme of presentations. “Demand for environmentally friendly construction materials and sustainable solutions in the construction sector has grown massively in recent years. With the SBM Summit, we want to offer the industry a forum dedicated to the materials of the future. We aim to discover how they can be used, share experiences and enable networking”, says Frank Thieme, project manager of the SBM Summit.

More information about the event programme and activities at RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE, along with demonstration times, can be found at:

Double trade fair presents product innovations for GaLaBau

After two years, trade fairs are finally back! RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE is set to mark the beginning of a year full of innovations. Around 185 exhibitors will present their latest products at the double trade fair from 5 to 7 May 2022. Everyone involved is looking forward to in-person discussions and seeing the new machinery up close. The organising team cannot wait for the restart: “The visitors, exhibitors and we in the organising team are really looking forward to the event. The industry has waited so long to once again experience machinery and innovations live, compare them and judge how they can solve the challenges they face in their own businesses. From the latest plant systems and electrical drives to digital software solutions, visitors will receive an excellent overview of the trends and developments within the sector”, says project manager Olivia Hogenmüller.

Electromobility and other eco-friendly technologies

At the demonstration building site e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping, Bergmann Maschinenbau will present the Bergmann C804e. This electrically driven wheeled dumper has a payload of 3.5 tonnes, making it the largest in its class. It is also extremely robust, thanks to a pair of solid steel frames connected by a swinging swivel joint. The C804e is compact, with a total height of under two metres. This makes it ideal for use on densification, renovation or conversion projects. With all-wheel drive and a rotating driver’s seat, the Bergmann C804e is the perfect answer to the needs of urban construction work. Furthermore, it increases worker safety in the partially enclosed working environments common in such projects by eliminating exhaust emissions and reducing noise. Investments in electric commercial vehicles are often also eligible for subsidies. In Germany, for example, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) lists the wheeled dumper as eligible.

BML Baumaschinen AG will present the KUBOTA KX019-4. This mini-excavator is the first compact excavator in the world to be powered by liquefied gas drive as standard. The new combination of the gas motor and the machine’s hydraulic system ensures the same performance as the existing, diesel-powered version. An 11.5 kg LPG bottle supplies the mini-excavator with liquefied gas as fuel, while a warning system on the display with additional acoustic signal alerts the driver when the gas level is running low. Depending on workload, one full gas bottle can last for one day of work. The gas bottle is also positioned to enable quick and easy replacement. Mini-excavators with alternative drive systems are currently appearing in small numbers on the market. They have yet to really take off due to high purchasing costs, inferior performance and the lack of charging infrastructure. The new gas drive makes the excavator both flexible and efficient, and therefore suitable for a variety of jobs. Customers are increasingly using these machines in built-up, complex areas like in the vicinity of hospitals, schools and residential areas that call for quiet, low-emission vehicles.

Innovative paving installation machines for urban construction sites

Probst is set to present the VM-301-GREENLINE, the world’s first fully electric paving installation machine. Although it is powered electrically, the Greenline offers identical performance to conventionally driven machines. It meets requirements for both efficiency and continuous operation, while generating no noise or exhaust emissions. It is therefore ideal for work in inner-city environments or residential areas. Thanks to a combination of highly efficient electric wheel motors, electrically driven working hydraulics for the installation system and modular lithium ion batteries, the Greenline can operate for up to nine hours without charging. This can be extended to up to twelve hours when the vehicle is charged for around an hour. On top of this, the paving installation machine enables more ergonomic working and makes life easier for staff on site. The seat, steering wheel, joystick, pedal and operating lever are all arranged ergonomically, for example. The steel tube frame cabin is also fully glazed to protect the driver against noise and exhaust fumes.

Construction machinery manufacturer Optimas will use RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE 2022 to demonstrate its all-new PACER P22 paving installation machine. Designed to be the successor model to the T22, it combines greater stability at high loads with a more spacious driver’s cabin. Just like the T22, the P22 focuses on giving the driver a comfortable working environment. The machine has been converted to make it suitable for working in underground car parks. It is also robust and easy to service and operate, even for occasional users.

The latest tracked crushing and screening systems

EAG Einfach Aufbereiten will present its SBR 4, a recycling screening system for construction waste designed for wheeled loaders with a bucket volume of around 4 m³. This machine offers double the output and a longer screening section than the SBR 2 predecessor model, while halving noise emissions. The screening system is robust, easy to use and requires virtually no maintenance. It is designed to be fed by wheeled loader and can be adjusted to the respective machine size. It has proven itself hundreds of times, processing everything from asphalt, rubble and excavated material to cinders and gravel.

M & R Maschinenhandel will present three machines from the British manufacturer RedRhino. These compact machines are designed for a range of tasks on inner-city construction sites. The 5000+ jaw-action crusher weighs in at three tonnes and features a vibrating feeder. This is powered hydraulically and operated by remote control. The hydraulic jaws can be adjusted immediately, allowing the system to process items measuring between 20 mm and 100 mm. With a width of just 1,663 mm, the 5000 series is ideal for areas where space and access are limited. Dust suppression by means of fine water spray nozzles utilising standard domestic hose pressure is fitted as standard. Also on show will be the Redscreen mini screening system. This three-way flat-deck screening plant has a transport weight of three tonnes. The machine is operated via remote control and is powered by a 25 hp Kubota stage 4 diesel motor.

First construction and recycling trade fair of 2022 to showcase new products live and up close!

After two years, trade fairs are finally back! RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE is set to mark the beginning of a year full of innovations. Around 185 exhibitors will present their latest products at the double trade fair from 5 to 7 May 2022. Everyone involved is looking forward to in-person discussions and seeing the new machinery up close. The organising team cannot wait for the restart: “The visitors, exhibitors and we in the organising team are really looking forward to the event. The industry has waited so long to once again experience machinery and innovations live, compare them and judge how they can solve the challenges they face in their own businesses. From the latest plant systems and electrical drives to digital software solutions, visitors will receive an excellent overview of the trends and developments within the sector”, says project manager Olivia Hogenmüller

Exhibitors to showcase latest attachments

DMS Technologie will present the latest edition of its successful Softgrip system at RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE. This add-on for DMS grippers protects sensitive surfaces on gripped objects, allowing users to perform a range of work steps, from excavating pits to carefully placing stones, steps and panels. The latest addition to the portfolio is the Softgrip XL for excavators weighing 10 to 22 tonnes. The Softgrip’s special material composition offers a secure grip and prevents the load from slipping. Retooling the gripper teeth takes just a few minutes. In addition, DMS Technologie will use the trade fair to showcase products from its loader crane gripper portfolio for the first time.

Machinery for efficient work on compact construction sites

Wacker Neuson will present its compact construction machinery and equipment at the trade fair. These products will include excavators, dumpers, wheeled and telescopic loaders, vibratory plates, compactors and concrete systems. Also on show will be the company’s battery-powered solutions from its zero emission range. By eliminating exhaust emissions, these are already making a difference on inner-city construction sites. The range includes the APS series of battery-powered vibratory plates, which are suitable for all standard compacting tasks, particularly on asphalt. The machinery on offer in the broad zero emission range is now capable of completely serving a typical inner-city construction site without any exhaust emissions and with extremely low noise levels. Visitors to the trade fair will be able to test these products on the company’s own demonstration area of around 280 square metres.

Also exhibiting at RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE 2022 will be MTS Mobile Saugsysteme, which will be demonstrating its DINO12 series on a Volvo carrier vehicle. The DINO12 suction excavator features a large container capacity on an 8x4 32-tonne chassis with optimum load distribution. Thanks to its Tridem chassis with steered tag axle, the DINO12 offers incredible manoeuvrability for a system of its size, even on compact construction sites. The maximum container capacity reduces the number of required tips and increases productivity.

Weber Maschinentechnik, the specialist for hand-guided compaction equipment, will present its range of electric and battery-powered machinery for the first time at RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE. At the stand of BML Baumaschinen, visitors will be able to see three products from the new series: the SRE 590 DC vibratory rammer, the CFR 90 DC vibratory plate and the CR 2 DC reversible plate. These machines are all powered by an efficient lithium ion battery from Honda. Developed specifically for construction machinery, its modular design makes it suitable for use with Weber MT products. An empty battery can be fully charged within 1.5 hours using the Honda quick charger, with an 80 per cent charge achieved after just one hour. The new series of battery-powered devices is suitable for work indoors, in deep excavations or in urban areas subject to emissions regulations.

Bauer will showcase its BG 33 H Kompakt drilling rig at the demonstration building site special heavy construction. This enables work at a drilling depth of up to 70 metres. Thanks to the compact design, the rig is easy to set up on site and allows for flexible and efficient work even in areas where space is at a premium. The mobilisation package with hydraulically operated pin connection allows the attachment to be disassembled quickly and safely. For special transport requirements, the upper level can also be stripped down to a weight of 27.5 tonnes. The remote control allows many rigging functions like this to be performed from outside the danger zone.

Digital solutions for the connected construction site

123erfasst has developed an app that simplifies fleet management on site, giving site managers a full overview of their machinery at all times. The app compiles telematics data centrally and presents it in a clear interface. The machine data is collected automatically on site and flows into the reports. Users can then plan deployment in a single program via a live map view with central user management. The app can also collect data on machine performance automatically and perform calculations.

Another app from Schüttflix allows users to fully digitise the process of ordering and delivering sand, gravel, stones and other material. The start-up firm developed the app over two years ago to connect market players across Germany. Schüttflix now has a network of over 2,500 partners and over 10,000 organised trucks, giving it the largest market coverage nationwide. The company delivers over 350 products simply and transparently to construction sites all over the country. Alongside bulk material, users of the app can also organise transport for mineral waste with just a few clicks.

Technology up close: RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE to offer practical and impressive live demonstrations

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE, the practically focused demonstration trade fair for mechanical engineering, construction and environmental technology, is set to once again showcase the innovative strength of these industries. The event will be held from 5 to 7 May and will deliver a comprehensive range of topics at a single location. These will include construction machinery and attachments, material transport and handling, and construction waste recycling, to name just the areas that link the two sectors of the trade fair duo. “We are back, refreshed and with more new ideas than ever before. I’m looking forward to welcoming visitors back to our practically focused live demonstration trade fair, which will feature new, even more specialised demonstration formats. Events like RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE that allow visitors to see machinery in action up close rely on the industry coming together in person. This allows visitors to get to know machinery in realistic operations and prepare or even make investment decisions directly based on the market transparency they gain here”, explains project manager Olivia Hogenmüller.

Exhibitors highlight trade fair’s importance

Despite being postponed twice due to the pandemic, the event has been able to gain a number of new exhibitors. These include Siebtechnik Tema, Cams M&R Maschinenhandel, Tibatek, Husqvarna and Avant Tecno, who will be showcasing their products and innovations alongside long-standing exhibitors. “After having missed out on trade fairs for so long, we are delighted to start the event calendar for 2022 with RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE. We at DMS Technologie GmbH are looking forward to in-person discussions with industry visitors. We cannot wait to present our new product innovations and see the reactions. Bringing industry specialists together in person to discuss products is so important”, says Sebastian Gruber, Head of Sales at DMS Technologie GmbH. Around 185 manufacturers and dealers are expected to participate in the event. These cover all stages of the handling, use and recycling of valuable materials like rubble, scrap, metal and waste wood. It will also showcase the full spectrum of civil engineering machinery, with a special focus on road, path and conduit building, as well as compact construction.

live demos at outdoor exhibition area

Trade fair returns with new demonstration formats

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will offer three new demonstration formats to respond to the needs of visitors. The new attachments arena, for example, will offer visitors a series of three specialist tours per day. These will provide an action-packed show highlighting the versatility of the carrier vehicles as they take part in demolition, recycling or ground preparation work. This will make it easier for visitors to find the perfect equipment to boost productivity in their own business. Alongside construction machinery and vehicles, the event will showcase tools like bucket screeners, demolition hammers and attached compactors being demonstrated in realistic construction processes. Expert advisers will be on hand to provide information about the features and applications of the attachments, perfectly complimenting the impressive show. Topics like special heavy construction and e-mobility are becoming ever more important to market players. The trade fair duo will respond with new and dedicated demonstration areas at the demonstration building sites for both special heavy construction and e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping. Areas from previous events, like the demonstration building site conduit construction and the special theme area scrap metal, will of course return.

Finger on the pulse of the industry: trade fair duo addresses key trends

“We want this event to constantly have its finger on the pulse of the industry. Our aim is to showcase solutions to visitors and give them the inspiration they need to master the challenges of an increasingly digitalised, automated and connected construction site. That is why we are placing particular importance on the topics of digitalisation and telematics in the guided tours, for example. These will visit the stands of providers who supply practical solutions”, explains Hogenmüller. One of these exhibitors is Zeppelin, who will be presenting the advanced Cat 340 UHD Ultra High Demolition excavator. “Demolition and recycling companies who are digitalising their businesses need reliable machinery and transparent processes more than ever. Our telematics and condition monitoring tools perfectly complement our high-performance construction machinery”, explains Anke Hadwiger, Head of Trade Fairs, Events & Training at Zeppelin. The hall area will also host the Founders’ Garage, a start-up zone in collaboration with COREUM. This will offer young businesses a promising platform to market their innovative solutions, sound out potential partnerships, or draw the attention of investors and media. This area will also form the core of the trade fair, making it a place where the industry comes together to grow networks and business relationships.

The SBM Summit for sustainable building materials will also take place alongside RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE for the first time on 6 May. This event will feature a one-day special programme to accompany the trade fair, with exclusive expert presentations on topics related to sustainable and ecological materials.

Final decision: RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE postponed to 5 - 7 May 2022

After months with no indications of when trade fairs will be allowed to recommence, the initial conditions were laid out on 14 May. But the new parameters under which trade fairs can take place, assuming infection levels remain under control, have come too late for many international businesses who needed clarity in order to plan. This led to cancellations from many important exhibitors. As a result, Messe Karlsruhe, organiser of the RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE twin trade fair, has decided to postpone the event from 2 - 4 September of this year to 5 - 7 May 2022.

“We have taken all the influencing factors and options into account, and have acted following a majority decision of our event advisory committee and in close contact with exhibitors”, explains project manager Olivia Hogenmüller. “Unfortunately, the uncertainty has led many key players and brands to decide against any in-person trade fairs for the rest of 2021. This would narrow the wide and attractive range of exhibitors at our demonstration trade fair, and would have a knock-on effect on visitor numbers. We want the event to reflect the full breadth of the companies, products and people in the industry.”

The six demonstration formats and many live demonstrations at exhibitor stands need detailed planning and investment steps early on. “The government’s current plan for opening leaves a lot of uncertainty. Although trade fair organisers and their customers can hope for better times ahead, the strict adherence to infection levels means we still have no planning reliability. That is why we have unfortunately been forced to take this decision to postpone the trade fair to 2022, following consultation with our advisory committee”, explains Britta Wirtz, managing director of Messe Karlsruhe.

Event focus: live, compact, up close and driven by technology

Next year will see RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE live up to its reputation as a welcoming live demonstration trade fair for mechanical engineering, construction and environmental technology, with its finger on the pulse of the market. Alongside attachments, the trade fair duo will showcase material transport and handling, as well as recycling systems for construction waste. RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will therefore offer a wide combination of topics in a compact setting.

“The pandemic has not hit the recycling industry as hard as initially feared. Material like waste wood and rubble in particular have remained strong. That is why the industry urgently needs RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE as a meeting point for commerce and discussion in 2022, and as a more user-focused alternative to the leading global trade fairs. The live demonstrations, intensive discussions with decision-makers and the sheer breadth of the industry concentrated in such a compact event make RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE all the more attractive”, says Eric Rehbock, Executive Director of the German Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (bvse).

Debut for new demo formats in 2022

Next year’s trade fair will offer three new demonstration formats, covering e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping, special heavy construction and the action packed, cross-industry attachments arena. These new additions will take place alongside the special theme areas for wood and biomass and scrap and metal, as well as the demonstration building site for conduit construction. “As co-founder, the VDBUM supports the decision to postpone the trade fair and stands ready to assist the organisers”, confirms VDBUM director and board member Dieter Schnittjer. “Over the past year, the organisers have successfully and clearly positioned RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE as a live demonstration trade fair focused on real-life applications. The three new demonstration formats are planned smartly and feature a star-studded line-up. They deserve to be held in a relaxed atmosphere and with a large audience. September 2021 is simply too soon for this to happen. Following this decision, we are eagerly awaiting what will be a fantastic year of events for the construction, environmental and mechanical engineering sectors. The twin trade fair will stand out in the calendar thanks to its unique demonstration format, and will let exhibitors and visitors alike kick-start their businesses in 2022.”

RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE postponed to September 2021

Together with its advisory board, exhibitors and multipliers, Messe Karlsruhe has taken the decision to reschedule the RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE demonstration trade fair for waste removal, recycling, road construction and civil engineering. The event will now take place on 2 - 4 September 2021 on the grounds of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

“Despite the sophisticated and flexible hygiene and safety measures put in place, there is still no clarity as to when the trade fair industry will be able to get back up and running, even after the recent meeting between German state and federal leaders on 3 March. Our customers, partners and colleagues needed planning security for the event to take place as previously planned in June 2021. As a result, we have unanimously decided together with our advisory board to reschedule the trade fair. We have found a new date that allows RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE to fit into the business calendar and has been confirmed by our association partners.”

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE was originally due to take place from 10 to 12 June 2021. “A trade fair requires several months of preparation for organisers, exhibitors and service providers alike. In other words: we need planning security. By postponing the event by twelve weeks, we hope that the situation will have improved to such an extent that we will be able to welcome as many visitors to the demonstration trade fair as possible. This will require secure travel, open hotels and a higher vaccination rate. We will also use the extra time to implement the German government’s quick-test strategy”, explains Wirtz.

Even more live demos and action

This year’s trade fair will offer visitors three new demonstration formats, covering e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping, and special heavy construction. There will also be the cross-industry attachments arena. Alongside attachments, the two sides of the trade fair duo both require solid solutions in material transport and handling, as well as recycling systems for construction waste. The crusher systems will be showcased under real conditions live at the exhibitors’ outdoor stands. Kurz Aufbereitungsanlagen is one of these exhibitors, with the dealer set to present products from SBM, Arjes, Anaconda and McCloskey. For CEO Michel Kurz, the trade fair is important for both business and personal relations: “Despite the digital alternatives, we have not found any format in recent months that comes close to delivering the value of participating in a trade fair. Things like personal consultations, agreeing contracts in a relaxed atmosphere, demonstrating our crusher systems live under real conditions and direct feedback from our customers are all reasons why we desperately need a platform for business and discussion. We are therefore really looking forward to RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE in September.”

92 per cent of outdoor exhibition area already reserved

A total of around 3,000 tonnes of material will be moved and processed over the three days of the event. 2021 will also see a continuation of the special theme areas for wood & biomass and scrap & metal, as well as the demonstration building site conduit construction. RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will therefore offer a broad combination of topics in one place, while also finally making it possible to meet in person, compare machines and find out about the latest products live.

92 per cent of the outdoor stand spaces have already been reserved, with high demand for live demonstrations at both the stands and in the six demo formats. Zeppelin Baumaschinen drove the development of the demo formats forward, together with project management and other exhibitors: “Zeppelin made the decision to participate in four of the six detailed live demonstration formats, in order to showcase our wide range of modern products in recycling, demolition, road construction and earthworks to visitors. These represent a fantastic opportunity to highlight the benefits and capabilities of our CAT fleet in action, and explain them in more detail through live interviews”, says Anke Hadwiger, Head of Trade Fairs, Events and Training at Zeppelin Baumaschinen. “Given the slow start to vaccinations in Germany, we are in favour of postponing the trade fair to late summer. The health of our staff, visitors and service providers must come first. We also hope that the postponement will lead to greater visibility for our innovative products. Trade fairs are about much more than product presentations. They thrive above all on direct contact with customers, intensive discussions and the personal experiences that people have when they can watch the machines up close.”

Three questions for project manager Olivia Hogenmüller

How have your customers dealt with the lack of planning security for their participation in the trade fair?

“It’s not just the organisers who need plenty of preparation time. Our exhibitors plan months in advance which machines they wish to showcase and how they want their stand to look. This then also involves investors. As a result, the close and transparent partnership and collaboration are more important to us than ever right now. Our exhibitors value this. They are flexible and have rewarded us with their confidence. This gives us the strength and motivation we need.”

The demonstration trade fair is now set to take place twelve weeks later. How will you use this extra time?

“Over the next few weeks, we will finalise the procedures for the live demonstrations with our exhibitors. We will also help them design their stands to be as safe and hygienic as possible with the expertise of our service providers. For many of our exhibitors, it will be their first trade fair since the start of the pandemic.”

Did you think about holding a digital trade fair?

“In discussions with our exhibitors, it was clear right from the beginning that it simply would not have been possible to reduce the scope of the concept behind RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE, such as by removing the live demonstrations. This event is all about experiencing technology up close – seeing it, hearing it and feeling it. It is simply not possible to recreate this digitally.”

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE brings two industries together in one place

The demonstration trade fairs RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE are expected to go ahead as planned from 10 to 12 June 2021 across both the hall and outdoor exhibition areas of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, according to organiser Messe Karlsruhe. “Our exhibitors are chomping at the bit and are keen to help us shape the twin trade fair. Together with them, our partner associations and service partners, we are developing practical solutions that will enable live demonstrations to take place safely and in full at stands and in six formats”, explains project manager Olivia Hogenmüller. “We are already working on a tailored safety and hygiene plan for our event, in close contact with the relevant authorities. Our priority is to create flexible measures. Since September, the trade fair industry has shown that safety and hygiene measures adapted to the infection situation can be effective.”

Attachments arena combines both industries

2021 will see the first cross-industry attachments arena, which will present tools from the recycling and civil engineering sectors in a single action-packed show. Among the carrier vehicles on show will be a mobile excavator from CAT and a tracked excavator from Kiesel. Anke Hadwiger, Head of Trade Fairs, Events and Training at Zeppelin Baumaschinen, is already looking forward to seeing the CAT attachments live in action: “Virtual events are great, but they can never replace live ones. In this regard, we are really looking forward to getting back to live. We can’t wait to fully interact with visitors again.” The list of companies that will be showcasing the power and versatility of their attachments in this new arena includes names like ALLU, Ammann Verdichtung, Epiroc and ZFE (HS-Schoch Group).

A kick-off meeting took place, at which Messe Karlsruhe informed the participating manufacturers of the potential safety measures that will apply at the event: “The organisers have created a solid hygiene and safety plan. It is flexible and can be adapted to whatever the situation is at the time. We exhibitors can also do our bit by making our stands hygienically safe”, says Willi Reutter, Application Manager Heavy Equipment at Ammann Verdichtung. “When you also consider the fact that the event will be mostly taking place outside, I believe that RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE will be able to go ahead as planned in June. After so many trade fairs were cancelled in 2020, we are desperate for more personal contact with our customers. We hope that this demonstration trade fair can act as a restart.”

Showcasing machinery and systems to customers in person

With over 90,000 square metres of exhibition space, the outdoor area offers exhibitors plenty of options for demonstrating products at their stands. All the material required for this is also provided, from scrap and rubble to logs, earth and biomass. This will allow visitors to compare products from leading manufacturers in real operations. They will also be able to discuss them in depth with representatives from around 250 exhibitors, including the likes of Moerschen, Dappen, HAAS, Kurz Aufbereitungsanlagen, TTS Trump Technik Service and debutant BAU Süddeutsche Baumaschinen. These specialists will provide information about the products on show alongside the live demonstration, allowing visitors to experience the latest recycling systems up close. Other exhibitors demonstrating the technology and effectiveness of their products at their stands will include Kemroc, MTS Schrode, Kubota and RSP.

Special heavy construction in theory, practice and consulting

Thanks to a combination of a dedicated demonstration building site, exhibitor presentations and a special training programme, the topic of special heavy construction will receive much greater recognition at RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE in 2021. Liebherr-MCCtec Vertriebs- und Service GmbH will bring their LB 16 unplugged to Karlsruhe, an electrically powered rotary drilling system that weighs in at 55 tonnes. Boasting a maximum drilling depth of 34.5 metres, the new Liebherr model gets its name from its battery, which replaces the need for a power cable. SkanCraft, a veteran of the demonstration trade fair, will present its hydraulic vibration ram. This attachment makes it easier to pick up and place down sheet piles, and is used in slope stabilisation as well as rail, bridge and conduit construction. New exhibitor EMDE Bohrtechnik will be presenting its rotary drill heads, while Söndgerath will bring its portfolio for pumps and accessories to Karlsruhe.

Messe Karlsruhe receives expert advice and support for its demonstration building sites for conduit construction, e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping from the German Association of the Building Industry, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (VDBUM). The association will manage these demonstration areas on site and will also hold its third industry event for special heavy construction on 11 June at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. This event will see six high-profile keynote speakers provide insights into the following topics:

  • Assistant systems in special heavy construction
  • Investigating and describing rock in the context of the German construction contract procedures (VOB 2019)
  • Innovations from industry
  • German construction contract law as per section 650a ff of the German Civil Code and special heavy construction
  • Vibration ramming technology
  • Special heavy construction services in major projects

Demonstration trade fair in Karlsruhe to feature three new special theme areas in 2021

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE, the demonstration trade fair for waste removal and recycling & road construction and civil engineering, will be the only exhibition in 2021 to combine the construction and recycling industries in a single event. This will enable direct communication between providers, customers and market peers. Manufacturers, dealers and service providers from both sectors will present their machinery, systems and services at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 10 to 12 June. The event in 2021 will also see a number of new features, including a cross-industry attachment-arena. There will also be demonstration building sites for e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping. Here, RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will provide these three product groups with a platform that will offer an unprecedented level of action and intensity.

Three quarters of outdoor exhibition area already booked

The trade fair duo will present systems for handling, processing and removing valuable materials like wood, metal and construction waste at all levels. The event will also combine these products with the machinery and systems from the world of civil engineering, including road and conduit construction, compact construction, gardening, landscaping and digitalisation. “59 per cent of our visitors are interested in both RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE. The incredible level of interest from exhibitors confirms the success of this combination. 75 per cent of the outdoor exhibition area is already booked, with most of the remaining stand spaces reserved through options. This is incredible given the current situation and the fact that we still have ten months to go before the event”, explains project manager Olivia Kollmer. “As a result, we have had to expand our outdoor exhibition area by 10,000 square metres.” Among the exhibitors will be some companies showcasing their products for the first time, such as Kopp Baumaschinen and Avant Tecno. Those returning to the event will include names like Schlüter, Zeppelin, Ammann, Epiroc, Wacker Neuson and Holp, as well as Doppstadt and Arjes.

New attachments arena to present tools from recycling and civil engineering

The new attachments arena will offer visitors three topic-related tours per day. These will showcase tools from the recycling and civil engineering sectors, such as bucket screeners, demolition and hydraulic hammers, attached compactors, grippers and various kinds of shovel blade, all presented in an action-packed show that lets visitors judge the products for themselves. “Presentations of attachments have always been a major part of our event. But until now, manufacturers have done so largely in static exhibitions at their stands”, says Kollmer. “The new attachments arena is our response to the demand among exhibitors for demonstration options. It will also combine the recycling and civil engineering industries together in a single tool platform that promises to be full of action. This means that RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE will feature even more live demonstrations.” The driver of the construction vehicle decouples the various attachments by means of a fully hydraulic quick coupler system, before demonstrating their abilities and robustness in a realistic live show. Here, the attachments will be compared either directly as in a real arena, or working together as they would in a construction process. While this is going on, an expert presenter will be joined by a representative of the exhibiting company to explain the attachments’ features and applications.

Special civil engineering added due to high demand

The exhibitor survey from the last trade fair in 2019 showed particularly high interest in solutions and innovations in special civil engineering. That is why the organisers are planning a dedicated demonstration building site that will feature massive drilling machines and suction excavators, as well as smaller pieces of equipment like excavator-mounted pile drivers, all shown in action separately. As a result, the demonstration building site for road and path construction will take a break in 2021. “Road construction will remain a major focus of our event, and will be represented at many of our exhibitors’ stands. The same is true of path construction, which we plan to integrate into the new demonstration building site for e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping”, explains Kollmer.

Sector focused on e-mobility in compact construction

As well as their own stands, exhibitors can take part in the special theme areas. The outdoor exhibition area offers 90,000 square metres of exhibition space for static product presentations or live demonstrations at the stands. Alongside this, there will be additional space in the air-conditioned hall area located next to the visitor entrance. The neighbouring Atrium will be the venue for the demonstration building site e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping. This will feature live demonstrations of processes like earth transport, compaction and path construction across six different construction areas, in order to showcase the benefits of electrically driven machinery in urban projects.

The demonstration building site for conduit construction will return next year, as will the two special theme areas for recycling, which focus on wood and biomass and scrap and metal respectively. Frank Jülicher, authorised representative at Anton Küpper Baumeister Hoch- Tiefbau GmbH & Co. KG, visited these in 2019 as he was searching for a new crushing system. “I wanted to use the trade fair to find out about the various options, like crusher attachments or tracked crushers. The event gave us an overview that was smaller than that at bauma but still very comprehensive. I like the size of the trade fair. From a customer’s perspective, the demonstrations give you a much better idea of how the systems work and what they are capable of”, explains the expert from Erkelenz in north-west Germany.

Dealing with coronavirus

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the economic importance of trade fairs as a meeting point and marketplace. Personal contact and the ability to view and compare products up close is essential for purchasing decisions and for building up industry knowledge. As the organiser of RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE, Messe Karlsruhe assumes that the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will continue to affect aspects of trade fair activities in 2021. This will not affect the design of the demonstration trade fair, however, even if regulations like compulsory mask wearing, limits to visitor numbers, mandatory routes or contact tracing are still in force at the time of the event.

Winning combination of themes: high concentration of decision-makers at RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE

Between 5 and 7 September, Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre transformed itself into a mobile recycling centre and walk-in construction site, with heavyweight granulating lines, powerful excavators and wheel loaders demonstrating their performance strength. Wood and metal was shredded, construction waste screened, building pits dug and road surfaces compressed. Over the three trade fair days, a total of 3,000 tonnes of material was moved and processed. 94 percent of trade visitors were very satisfied with the presentation and quality of exhibitors.

Close ties between the two sectors

For the second time, the recycling and construction sectors joined forces for the RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE demonstration trade fairs. Around 8,500 visitors (2017: 7,500) had the chance to see at first hand the efficiency and performance of the approximately 1,500 machines and equipment on offer and to compare the products of various manufacturers at the many live demonstrations. As Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe, confirms: “The trade fair pairing concept is proving its worth: in our visitor survey, 59 percent of visitors stated that they had come specifically because of the combination of recycling and civil engineering.”

Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / Jens Arbogast

Factors linking the two demonstration trade fairs include not only add-on equipment but also material transport and handling and construction waste recycling. One of the exhibitors from this area is construction equipment provider Kurz Aufbereitungsanlagen. Sales Manager Harald Weber would be willing to take part in the demonstrations again at any time: “Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre is ideal for live demonstrations – the infrastructure is great and the supply of materials runs like clockwork. Our demonstrations attract visitors to our stand, allowing us to generate an incredibly high number of queries and also to effect direct sales. As the recycling and civil engineering sectors are growing closer together, we are able to reach two important visitor target groups at RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE.”

238 exhibitors from 15 countries

A total of 238 manufacturers and retailers came to Karlsruhe to present their machines and equipment to a professional audience.

Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / Jens Arbogast

As Claudia Nötzelmann, the project manager overseeing the two trade fairs, notes: “That is 18 percent more exhibitors than the last time. We are particularly proud of the fact that the percentage of international exhibitors has been increased to 20 percent – which is seven percent up on the last event.” Exhibitors from 15 countries were present, including all of Germany’s neighbouring countries as well as Italy, the UK, Finland and Sweden. In addition, many associations and professional groups used the trade fair pairing as an opportunity to organise training events, working groups and conferences.

Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / Jürgen Rösner

Trade visitors in management positions

The international orientation of the demonstration trade fairs was also evident on the visitor side, as can be seen from the survey, which indicated that visitors came from all over Germany and from 18 different countries.

Pia Steiner from Lindner-Recyclingtech in Austria described the demonstrations on the special theme areas as “an ideal means of presenting our products” and praised the high international component among visitors: “We use the trade fair to cultivate existing customer contacts and make new ones – in fact, we had more international visitors to our stand than expected, for example from Estonia, Hungary and Serbia.” The excellent opportunity for gaining new customers can also be seen in the visitor survey, since 65 percent of trade fair participants were visiting RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE for the first time.

Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / Jens Arbogast

As Matthias Stasius from wheeled excavator specialists Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger says: “We were positively surprised by the number and above all by the quality of visitors. We came to the trade fair with the aim of raising the profile of our add-on tools in the construction and recycling sectors – and that is exactly what we managed to do in Karlsruhe.” As the visitor survey confirms, 98 percent of visitors attended the trade fairs out of professional interest. Another important development is that the proportion of decision-makers has increased: one third of visitors were management board members or senior executives, while another third consisted of company owners and independent entrepreneurs.

Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / Jens Arbogast

Extensive demonstration areas were set up on the 80,000 m² open-air exhibition area at RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE. 29 percent of exhibitors showed their products in action – either at their own stand or on one of the four special theme areas: Mobile Scrap & Metal Yard, Wood & Biomass and the demonstration building sites for road and path construction and for canalisation. Here alone, there were ten hours of live demonstrations every day.

Tours touch on legal changes and digitalisation trend

One highlight of the supporting programme – in addition to the special theme areas – was the newly introduced guided tours given by experts and covering topics such as digitalisation in road construction, legal requirements regarding substitute building materials, and garden and landscape construction.

Credit: Alex Fedorov

In addition to the open-air exhibition area, exhibitors had a chance to present their portfolio in the adjacent hall areas, which measure 6,500 square metres in all. As Nedim Cetin, General Manager of Vp GmbH Groundforce, sums up: “With our stand, we were very well positioned in the hall area with plenty of visitor traffic. We particularly liked the visitor tours that allowed us to explain our hydraulic shoring system to knowledgeable participants in just a few minutes. All in all, we are extremely satisfied with TiefbauLIVE.”

Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / Jürgen Rösner

Swiss company Gipo was also thoroughly satisfied, as Sales Manager Marc Glarner attests: “My sales team were run off their feet all day, so we were very pleased with both the quality and the quantity of customers – and with the end result, as we sold quite a few machines. We would also like to compliment the very attentive trade fair management on its excellent work, be it with the set-up, layout planning, logistics or infrastructural supply, all of which was extremely professional.”

Between 10 and 12 June 2021, Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre will once again be playing host to RecyclingAKTIV (demonstration trade fair for waste removal and recycling) and TiefbauLIVE (demonstration trade fair for road construction and civil engineering).


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