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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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