5 elumatec Bau 2015Back from the Bau, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, Phil Heavey, managing director of elumatec UK, gives his view on the show and the new machines elumatec launched there.

“If you haven’t ever been it’s difficult to comprehend the scale of Bau – it’s huge! Seriously, it’s an enormous show – 180,000 square metres of exhibition space in seventeen halls. And it’s full – full of stands which are booked up years in advance, and full of people – over 235,000 attended this year.

“Companies familiar to the UK market were exhibiting: they included Kawneer, Reynaers and Schüco.

“elumatec launched two new machines at the Show. The SBZ 628, a cutting and machining centre designed for working aluminium, attracted a lot of interest. It is targeted at fabricators working large sections. The 360 degree orientation will machine a whole bar length before cutting it into the programmed component lengths. There will be a video of it in action on elumatec’s YouTube channel.

1 elumatec Bau 2015The prototype of our second new machine, an all-new fully automated profile-machining centre, got a lot of attention. Feedback from visitors to Bau and elumatec’s worldwide team of engineers will help influence the final version.

“The number of people visiting Bau clearly shows there is confidence in the industry and in their countries’ economies. elumatec’s stand was busy throughout with fabricators from across Europe, China, the USA and Australasia.

“I left the Show before it closed so sadly I missed out on elumatec’s ‘stand party’ hosted for our worldwide customers and corporate partners. I hear it was a great evening – relaxed but business-like. Our stand parties reflect our German heritage; we have a live band and traditional Swabian food and drink. Swabia is a cultural, historic and linguistic region in southwestern Germany.”

Bau ran from January 19 to 24 at the Messe München exhibition centre. There were 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and over 235,000 visitors.

For more details about elumatec’s range of machines telephone 01908 580800 or email sales@elumatec.co.uk