Related Links: Crowds Pour Into World of Concrete 2013 ENR's Coverage of Bauma 2010 The construction industry's biggest trade show, Bauma, is coming at a time when the global economy presents a mixed bag. Europe is standing still. North American housing is starting to wake up. China is slowing down. How can contractors plan for the years ahead?Equipment manufacturers, which have dropped millions of dollars to lug their latest heavy iron to Munich's fairgrounds this coming April, are optimistic that innovation will keep construction moving at a healthy pace. Exhibits will be on display April 15-21 and feature some 3,300
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.