The USA’s Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has joined Germany’s Messe München to describe the Bauma Conexpo Africa construction exhibition as the continent’s most important event for the sector.

The exhibition, a joint venture between the AEM and Messe München, ran from 15 to 18 September, attracted 14,300 visitors from 75 countries and 616 exhibitors from 42 nations.

Stephen Jones, managing director of exhibitor Bell Equipment, said: “The quality of visitors was really good - there were proper buyers.”

For the AEM, vice president for exhibitions Megan Tanel said: “Africa continues to be an important market for our North American equipment manufacturers. Bauma Conexpo Africa is the event not just to enter the market but also to engage with existing customers.”

Stefan Rummel, managing director of Messe München, said: “We have achieved our goal of welcoming more and higher-quality visitors from the sub-Saharan region. Bauma Conexpo Africa has now without doubt established itself as a platform for the industry that brings together African and international companies.”

The next event will take place in 2018 and will once again be held in Johannesburg.

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