Editor’s I Commentary
By Becky Schultz
Are “Good Old Times” — or at Least Better Ones — Ahead?
L ike many of my North American
media counterparts, as well as
manufacturing execs, dealer reps,
thousands of feet above Europe
was keeping me from exploring the
“miles of aisles” of construction
construction industry trade show,
and this year was no exception, volca-
nic ash notwithstanding.
seas attendees. Overall, more than
415,000 visitors made it through the
show gates from 200+ countries.
contractors and others planning to equipment innovations. Thankfully, we did have two Those who did make it proved to
attend the bauma show in Munich For those of you who have never Cygnus staffers already in Germany be in a buying mood. Many exhibi-
last month, I found myself ground- been to bauma, “miles” is not an at the time of the travel disruptions tors report they saw strong sales
ed by, of all things, a volcano in exaggeration. This year’s show fea- who were able to report back to activity. Take Zeppelin-Cat, for
Iceland. All that week, I kept think- tured 663,774 sq. yds. (555,000 sq. us on the events, and mood, at the example. Its show sales figures far
ing about the events I was missing, meters) of aisle upon aisle of heavy show. According to our colleagues, exceeded expectations. In fact, it sold
and lamenting the fact that an iron and components. bauma earns the mood was decidedly upbeat in 800+ units on the first day, despite
innocuous-looking cloud hovering its reputation as the world’s largest spite of the reduced number of over- the fact that many attendees didn’t
make it in until mid-week. “The
good old times are coming back,”
asserts Michael Heidemann, manag-
ing director of Zeppelin and CEO of
Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH.
While it may not feel like it, the
U.S. construction industry may not
be that far behind in its recovery.
New housing starts rose for the
third straight month in March, with
building permits jumping 7.5% — the
highest level since October 2008.
The value of nonresidential con-
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