12/10/10 – AMB sees optimism in German economy as exhibitors and visitors increase
12 October 2010
According to organisers of AMB 2010, the metal working industry is over the recession in Germany at least. The exhibition recorded more than 86,000 visitors which was slightly up on the pre-recession days of 2008. The proportion of foreign visitors rose from seven to ten per cent. Visitors from more than 80 countries were recorded compared with 55 countries in 2008.
AMB set a new record with 1,343 exhibitors with one quarter of exhibitors coming from overseas and representing 29 countires. The focal points of AMB 2010 were metal cutting and metal-removing process machine tools and precision tools. The entire area of the New Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre was occupied.
"According to the results of our visitor survey, the propensity of visitors to invest again matched the same level as that seen at AMB 2008 when the economy was still booming", said Ulrich Kromer, Managing Director of Messe Stuttgart. Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Managing Director of the Association of German Machine Tool Manufacturers (VDW), confirmed this on behalf of his member companies: "In our opinion, AMB 2010 was a great success. Visited demonstrated a high level of expertise and they were very keen to make investments. We are confident that the large number of inquiries will lead to good business after the event. The ‘Special show for young people", which was organised by the VDW, went down very well with young visitors. A very large number of interested schoolchildren and apprentices made use of the opportunity to obtain information about occupational prospects in the metal working industry."
The focal points of the accompanying programme of AMB 2010 were the current vogue topics of energy efficiency and medical technology. Attention was also paid to the shortage of skilled workers and engineers during events on occupational opportunities in the metal working industry and in exciting competitions.