bauma is not only the leading trade fair for construction machinery and building material machines. 2010 showed very clearly that it is also a major attraction for the mining industry. Of the 420,000 trade visitors to bauma in 2010, a good quarter of them were interested in the section on mining. This international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment is therefore also the world’s largest event for the mining sector. At the next bauma in 2013 scheduled to be held between April 15 and 21, in Munich, companies engaged in the mining sector will again be presenting their products and services to the international trade audience in a dedicated exhibition hall and on the outdoor area. German safety technology is very much in demand, and particularly so abroad. The mining machinery section of the German Engineering Federation, the VDMA, has therefore started a South America Initiative aimed at further expanding the trade relations with that part of the world.