German participation at Chinese machine tool fair (Cimt) bigger than ever before

Ger­man machine tool man­u­fac­tur­ers occu­pied almost 9,500 square meters of exhi­bi­tion space at this year’s Chi­na Inter­na­tion­al Machine Tool Show (Cimt), which took place in Bei­jing from April 15 to 20. With around 240 exhibitors, Ger­many was by far the largest for­eign part­ner at one of China’s most impor­tant indus­tri­al trade fairs. The fair, which filled all 14 halls of the New Chi­na Inter­na­tion­al Exhi­bi­tion Cen­ter, attract­ed more than 1,700 exhibitors from 28 coun­tries and regions and over 319,000 visitors.

The qual­i­ty of Ger­man machine tool tech­nol­o­gy con­tin­ues to be high­ly val­ued abroad and espe­cial­ly in Chi­na. In order to demon­strate their prod­ucts to vis­i­tors, Ger­man com­pa­nies pre­sent­ed around 80 large machine tools at the trade fair. The largest exhibits shipped from Ger­many to Chi­na weighed in at around 1,000 tons. On the five days of the fair all machines “made in Ger­many” con­sumed around 10,000 kilo­watt hours of electricity.

Peter Bergleit­er, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the for­eign trade fair com­pa­ny IMAG, which is the Ger­many rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Chi­nese organ­is­er, takes stock: “The Cimt reached its capac­i­ty lim­it again in 2019, as the demand for exhi­bi­tion space remained high. The same applies to its sis­ter fair Ccmt, which takes place in even years in Shang­hai. Both are among the most impor­tant and largest indus­tri­al fairs in Chi­na and are there­fore ‘the place to be’ for Ger­man machine tool com­pa­nies to present their prod­ucts to the Chi­nese trade public.

Part­ner of the Chi­nese industry

Ger­man com­pa­nies see them­selves not only as sup­pli­ers, but also as part­ners for the expan­sion and mod­erni­sa­tion of Chi­nese indus­try,” explains Ger­hard Hein, Head of the Eco­nom­ics and Sta­tis­tics Divi­sion at VDW. “A quar­ter of more sophis­ti­cat­ed machine tools were import­ed from Ger­many in 2018. And a look at the orders shows that the trans­for­ma­tion process of Chi­nese indus­try has not yet been com­plet­ed. In 2018, Ger­man exports to Chi­na rose by six per­cent to 2.3 bil­lion euros”.

Sylvia Rall, Com­mer­cial Direc­tor at Hain­buch, about this year’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the trade fair of the clamp­ing tool man­u­fac­tur­er from Mar­bach: “Chi­na is one of the most impor­tant for­eign mar­kets for us. It was our sev­enth time at CIMT and it was a fan­tas­tic fair! And of course we won’t miss the next edition.”

Sis­ter fair Ccmt

The next CIMT will take place from 12 to 17 April 2021. In the mean­time, the inter­na­tion­al machine tool indus­try will meet at the sis­ter fair CCMT, which will be held in Shang­hai from 7 to 11 April 2020. Small and medi­um-sized com­pa­nies will also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty, with the sup­port of the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Eco­nom­ics and Tech­nol­o­gy, to exhib­it cost-effec­tive­ly at a sub­si­dized joint stand.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion on CIMT can be found at

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IMAG, a sub­sidiary of Messe München GmbH, organ­is­es its own trade fairs and trade fair par­tic­i­pa­tions for pub­lic and pri­vate clients world­wide. Since its foun­da­tion in Munich in 1946, IMAG has par­tic­i­pat­ed in more than 5,000 inter­na­tion­al exhi­bi­tions. Every year, IMAG’s port­fo­lio includes some 30 trade fairs in around 20 coun­tries, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the fol­low­ing sec­tors: Com­mer­cial vehi­cles and their sup­pli­ers; con­struc­tion machin­ery, con­struc­tion mate­ri­als and min­ing; pro­duc­tion machin­ery and oth­er indus­tries; envi­ron­men­tal tech­nol­o­gy and analytics.

Clau­dia Grzelke
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