Unimog successes at the bauma 2016 exhibition.

The construction industry is demonstrating positive resonance.

The world's leading exhibition in this domain, bauma, took place in April 2016 in Munich and was a true success in every possible way, with visitor numbers, exhibitor numbers and exhibition space all continuing to grow. Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks, too, can also confirm the trend of increasing demand for special vehicles in the construction sector. After all, the implement carriers are perfectly suited to a number of applications in the fields of construction and maintenance work, both on and off-road, thanks to their operational flexibility, performance and agile handling.

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New front-mounted sweeper for the Unimog.

A world first that was presented at the bauma 2016 exhibition in Munich came in the form of the Unimog with telescopic front-mounted sweeper. The new development from AS Baugeräte is attached to the front mounting plate of the Unimog and offers a roller sweeper width between 2.4 and 3 m, which can be steplessly adjusted using the hydraulics. This allows for the best possible sweeping result across the entire track width during operations whilst also keeping dimensions compact in the transport position during driving. Also optionally available for the front-mounted sweeper are high-pressure spray bars, gutter brush, lateral offset positioning and floodlights.

Special vehicle for the energy industry.

On the outdoor display areas of the bauma 2016 exhibition, bodybuilder Oil & Steel demonstrated a Unimog U 218 with work platform for maintenance operations, such as those carried out by the Italian energy provider Enel. In their field of operations, the Unimog is used for repair work on overhead power lines and electricity pylons which are sometimes located in the toughest of places to reach.

Italian energy supplier Enel use the Unimog with an elevating working platform.

Facts and figures of the bauma exhibition.

With around 580,000 visitors, the bauma 2016 was more heavily frequented than previous exhibition events (535,065 exhibition visitors in 2013). The vast majority of visitors came from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, as well as from France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden, the Russian Federation, Poland and the Czech Republic. Even the number of exhibitors at the bauma 2016 was slightly better than that of the 2013 exhibition, with a total of 3423 this year, in comparison with 3421 companies in 2013. In total, 1263 German and 2160 international exhibitors used the opportunity to exhibit their work in Munich. Looking at the size of the 2016 exhibition's surface area, the world's leading exhibition for the construction and mining industries has clearly grown. In 2013, the exhibition occupied a total space of 575,000 m2, while 2016 saw the event grow to around 605,000 m2 of exhibition space

Looking ahead: the next bauma exhibition will take place from 8 to 14 April 2019 in Munich.

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