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Machines for Miles at bauma 2019

By Mark Castle | May 29, 2019 New
From giving Fairfield Halls a new lease of life to paving the way for new aircraft at London Heathrow - it’s been a busy year for Castle and Pryor. But when the biggest construction show in Europe only comes round every three years, it would be rude not to show face! This week, we catch up with C&P Directors Mark and Graham to chat about their trip to bauma 2019.

What is bauma?

Drawing a massive 620,000 construction industry experts, exhibitors and enthusiasts to Munich every three years, bauma is the largest trade show of its kind in Europe.

This year was C&P’s second trip to bauma and we weren’t disappointed. Big names like Volvo, Liebherr and Caterpillar brought all their best and brightest new tech to the party. If you want to scope out the next big trends in construction first, or see a troop of heavy plant perform a fully choreographed dance routine, bauma is the show for you!

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Why is it important for C&P to be at bauma?

We’re always looking to add new technology and unusual plant to our fleet. And with big brands from across Europe and the US all in one spot, bauma is the place to find it! You can source anything from diamond drill bits to tower cranes, and everything in between. Alongside the latest innovations in sustainable working, zero-emissions and driverless technology.

"It’s the biggest construction show in Europe, so a rare chance to see all the major suppliers from all over the world in one location."
Mark Castle Director, Castle & Pryor

What was the highlight of the trip?

It has to be the people! In a couple of days at bauma, you can meet so many knowledgeable, interesting people from all over the world. It’s also the ideal place to find very specific equipment that’s difficult to source online. For example, if you’re looking for a “joint-ripper machine” you’d struggle to find the right tool by searching on Google unless you already knew the specific terminology. But at bauma, you can browse a huge range of equipment and discuss exactly what you need with the industry experts.

"We’re always on the lookout for unusual bits of kit to add to our fleet. At bauma, you can talk to the experts in-person and find exactly what you need."
Graham Pryor Director, Castle & Pryor

It’s a rare chance to see all the latest tech innovations in action, make new business connections and catch up with old friends. We even met up with our old Tyrolit rep, from back when we first founded Castle and Pryor. He emigrated to Australia more than 20 years ago, although you wouldn’t know it - he hadn't changed a bit! We’d never have bumped into him anywhere else.

Anything you’d change about bauma?

The show spans 614,000 m² so that meant a lot of walking. By the time we’d walked around the show all day, we hadn’t the energy for much more than a few cold beers and the obligatory 3ft hot dog. So we didn’t get a chance to do any other sightseeing. We definitely earned them, though!

Did you buy any new kit?

After doing our research, we narrowed down some equipment of interest before the trip. Once we got to the show, we had the chance to see the machines working first-hand. It’s much easier to make an informed decision when you can talk to exhibitors and discuss what you’re looking for in-person, too.

We did buy a new Tyrolit saw, although they’re a company we deal with regularly. And we’ve got our eye on a few other things from the show, so there might be some more purchases, yet.

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Our new Tyrolit floorsaw fresh from the bauma 2019 tradeshow in Munich.

Thoughts on bauma 2022?

After this year’s show, bauma reported record-breaking footfall with 620,000 visitors from 200 countries and regions. So there’s no reason why it shouldn’t continue to grow.

In terms of new technology and trends, machinery is becoming more autonomous which benefits both Health & Safety and commercial viability. That’s the way the industry is going, so we’re expecting to see even more innovation in this area by 2020.

The amount that goes into showcasing the equipment is phenomenal and, from our understanding, the manufacturers showcasing their kit recoup their costs within the first day of trading. Quite an achievement!

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