Machine tools market on the right direction in Spain

The BIEM 2014 ended with greater innovation, more companies, more products, more visitors and buyers, this year. A total number of 35,500 people, 4.2% more than in the previous edition, visited the 28th International Machine-Tool Exhibition (BIEMH) between 2nd and 7th June. Professionals from 57 countries have tested the quality and capacity of machines, accessories, components and industrial equipment exhibited in the halls of the Bilbao Exhibition Centre.
BEC
Xabier Basañez, CEO of BEC, has expressed his satisfaction regarding the high level and excellent response to the exhibition from the professionals visiting the event, “this BIEMH leads the way to recovery for this sector and this trade show. If the economic indicators remain positive, I’m sure we will have an even greater trade show in 2016 with a high technological level exhibition. “The motto “Think Big, Think BIEMH” is still going strong”, stated the highest authority at the BEC.

Visitors from many countries
The most represented countries in terms of visitors to BIEMH were: Portugal, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, the US, Chile, Venezuela, Algeria, Morocco, China, India, Taiwan, Australia and the Fiji Islands to name some exotic and faraway countries. The sectors receiving most attention from visitors were Chip-Removal Machines, Tools & Accessories for Machine-Tools, Metal Forming Machines, Automation, Metrology & Quality Control, Welding, Cutting & Oxy-cutting and Hydraulic & Pneumatic Equipment, among others.

32 million Euro in 6 days
This BIEMH generated an income of 32 million Euros in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with a tax revenue of 4.7 million Euro. This figure was broken down as follows: 62.7% as direct costs incurred by exhibitors and visitors in the food and catering sector and 27.2 % as direct costs related to trade show activities. The other 7.5% refers to transport and 0.4% to leisure and cultural activities. On the other hand, Antxon Lopez Usoz, Chairman of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AFM), the event co-organiser, stated at a press conference that this trade show had exceeded the sales expectations of most exhibitors, “expectations have been exceeded. This event has validated the sluggish yet progressive improvement of the domestic market.”

Next appointment: 2016
With a total number of 1,314 exhibitors from 27 countries, 12% more than in the previous BIEMH, international leading brands, new sectors, almost 800 high-performance machines, 300 news releases and keynote speeches, the 28th Spanish Machine-Tool Biennial Exhibition has not only fulfilled planned objectives but also surpassed expectations. 57% of exhibitors to BIEMH 2014 were foreign companies.

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The next BIEMH will take place in Barcelona in May / June 2016. Possibly from Monday 23 May to Saturday 28 May 2016 but this must be confirmed.

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