Today, it is hard to imagine that the world’s leading trade show for construction machines, materials processing equipment, mining equipment, and construction vehicles and equipment actually began in a small way. The event was first staged in Würzburg under the name of the 1. Fränkische Bauausstellung (1st Franconian Building Exhibition) by publisher Karl Rudolf Schulte in 1949. In 1954, the show moved to the Theresienhöhe in Munich as the ‘Frühjahrsschau für Baumaschinen¨ (Spring Show for Construction Machinery), and 58 exhibitors presented their products and services on the 20,000 m² exhibition site. In1956, the name is officially changed to ‘Bauma’, and the first 13 exhibitors from abroad attend the show. From then on, the records with respect to the numbers of visitors, exhibitors, and the size of the exhibition space were broken from show to show – except in the 1970s, when they tumbled due to the crisis in the building industry.
In 1998, the show said farewell to the inner city site and became one of the first events to be held at the new ‘Messe München’ exhibition grounds in München-Riem. Today, Bauma is not only the industry’s biggest showcase event, but also the world’s largest in terms of exhibition space, and can boast extremely impressive statistics.