After being a regular exhibitor at Bauma Munich trade exhibitions, Padley & Venables decided to participate at Bauma China 2014 (November 25-28, Shanghai New International Expo Centre) for the first time.
Bauma China with 300,000m2 of exhibition space, more than 3,100 exhibitors and over 191,000 visitors is the biggest trade show for construction equipment, machinery and building material.
After a long 18 hour trip from Sheffield to Manchester via Paris to Shanghai, our exhibition team (Glyn Storey, Steve Harper and Hans-Joachim Kopp) reached our stand in Hall N2.110, which was part of the CEA UK Pavilion.
Our stand was a corner stand – based in an ideal location near the entrance and exit doors of the hall and in the main walkway between halls N1 and N3. We were displaying pictures and product samples of our 3 product groups: rock-drilling, demolition- and contractors tools.
As soon as the show opened, we had our first visitor from Russia asking for rock-drilling brochures and distributor opportunities for Russia. As the show continued over the next few days, we had a good mix of existing and potential customers turning up.
We had a great opportunity to meet up with customers from countries as varied as Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia and even a few European customers from Ireland, Denmark and UK turned up.
We also made some progress in finding more distributors for China with the meetings at Bauma to be followed up during the coming weeks.
Overall our first participation at Bauma China 2014 can be considered a great success, and we are looking forward to returning to Bauma China 2016 in two years’ time. We were also very pleased with the professional organisation of the CEA UK Pavilion, Bauma China 2014 and the friendly hospitality of the Chinese people.