bauma Africa has entered the African market with a bang: The first edition of this International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles took up 60 000 m2 of exhibition space (gross) – 40 100 m2 (net) – which makes it the biggest industry event for the sector in Africa. 14 700 registered trade visitors from more than 110 countries came to this year’s premiere of bauma Africa, which took place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from September 18 to 21, 2013. 84 % of the visitors came from South Africa, 6 % from other African countries and a further 10 % from other continents. The top ten visitor countries were South Africa, Mozambique, Germany, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Italy, Namibia, United Kingdom and India – in that order. All in all, 754 exhibitors – 123 from South Africa and 631 that are headquartered abroad – from 38 countries attended bauma Africa. Besides South Africa, the top exhibitor countries were China, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Spain, the UK and the US. Even though it was the premiere show, bauma Africa already proved to be an excellent platform for doing business.