Messe München and the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA—German Engineering Federation) have agreed for Canada as partner country at bauma 2019. Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO, Messe München, said of the choice of Canada as a partner country: “In selecting Canada, we were not just selecting a very stable sales market but an attractive and dynamic one as well. I am certain that our exhibitors will find additional business openings here.” Johann Sailer, Chairman of the Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association within the VDMA and Chairman of the bauma exhibitors’ advisory board added, “Canada is one of the most important commodity-producing countries. In addition, CETA, the free trade agreement recently signed between the EU and Canada, will lend fresh impetus to bilateral trade. This is why we want to use bauma 2019 and the opportunities afforded by the partner country concept to bind our industries even closer together.”
Canada is one of the world’s most important markets for the international construction machinery, building material plant and mining machine industry. It is the world’s seventh biggest construction machinery market. With a volume of Euro 102 billion and Euro 116 billion, respectively, between them the construction and mining industries account for more than 15 per cent of Canadian gross domestic product.