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 www.german-group-cimt.com
to CCMT at www.german-group-ccmt.com
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.
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