Our Own Bauma Experience

Every three years, the world's construction and production industry executives gather for a weeklong event in Munich, Germany. Bauma 2007 takes place at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre, April 23–29, 2007.

Arranged with the flavor of a European trade fair, in 2004 the exhibition attracted 2801 exhibitors from 47 countries, who displayed every type of equipment imaginable. It's more than a German show. More than one-half of the exhibitors were from countries outside of Germany.

It's an event that fills the Munich area quickly. In 2004, 416,000 visitors came to Bauma; almost 30% were from abroad.

Traveling to such an international event can be a daunting task. That's why the editors of THE CONCRETE PRODUCER, MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, and CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION are organizing a readers' trip to Bauma 2007.

With the help of Messe München International (MMI, Munich Trade Fairs International Group), we are developing an exclusive tour package. The package will include a six-night stay at a choice of two Munich hotels, a behind-the-scenes breakfast on Tuesday, April 24, and a reception on April 25. The package will not include airfare or other meals.

The number of people who can attend will be limited because hotel space is extremely tight. If you are interested in learning more information on this travel package, contact Carol Brodsky, TTI Travel, 27 Park Place, Suite 221, New York, NY 10007. Telephone 866-674-3476, or e-mail Brodsky at cbrodsky@ttitravel.net.

Housing a Drag on Growth

The Portland Cement Association's (PCA) chief economist predicts weakness in residential construction will dissipate the strong growth recorded earlier this year in many regions. While the decline in residential building was not unexpected, the commercial and public construction sectors are not growing at the rate earlier predicted, said Ed Sullivan, PCA's chief economist. “Underlying drivers for the nonresidential sector are improving, but at a slower rate,” he said.

By early fall, U.S. cement use was up 5.6% over a year ago. PCA's summer projection indicated second-half weakness in residential construction would push the 2006 growth rate to 2.3% and to 1.2% in 2007. For more information, visit www.cement.org.

Holcim Named Sustainability Leader

Holcim Ltd. has been named Leader of the Industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The designation acknowledges Holcim as the company with the best sustainability performance in the building materials industry for the second consecutive year.

For more information on Holcim, visit www.holcim.com.