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Double trade fair RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE sees double-digit growth in visitor numbers

This year’s RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE demonstration trade fair has concluded with excellent exhibitor and visitor numbers, improving significantly on the last event held in 2019. Over the course of the three-day exhibition, around 9,500 visitors discovered a wide range of products and solutions on offer from over 210 manufacturers, dealers and service providers in the construction and environmental engineering sectors. The high proportion of industry visitors, the larger scope and the return of personal discussions made RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE 2022 a great success.

Britta Wirtz, CEO of Messe Karlsruhe says: “We are proud to have hosted RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE, a powerful sales engine for the construction, demolition and recycling industries that are so vital to our future. Given the significance of issues like sustainability and preserving raw materials, the careful handling of existing and utilised materials is becoming ever more important. With the innovative machinery and systems on show, the double trade fair provides vital inspiration and momentum for the construction sector and circular economy, as well as boosting the sustainable use of raw materials in the technology hub of Karlsruhe.”

Olivia Hogenmüller, project manager for RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE is pleased with the event: “RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE 2022 was a great success, with a big rise in visitor numbers and leading industry players featured at the live demonstrations. This is what makes our double trade fair so unique. We were able to organise professionally and flexibly to provide all this to a wide audience. I am delighted with the positive feedback we have received from everyone involved. This is also down in no small part to the industry associations represented in our advisory committee, whose technical expertise was invaluable.”

Double trade fair brings key industries together

Held on the grounds of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, the double trade fair brought the recycling and construction industries together for the third time. 9,500 visitors were able to see for themselves the efficiency and performance of around 1,000 machines and systems, with two thirds of the stands featuring live demonstrations. One of the exhibitors showcasing their technology was Kurz Aufbereitungsanlagen. Sales Manager Harald Weber is already looking forward to the next event: “What I like most about this trade fair is the combination of various topics. Our customers are interested in both recycling systems and civil engineering, and can experience both here in one exhibition.”

Feedback from visitors was also positive, with 67 percent interested in both RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE. Daniel Kohler, Managing Director of Gerike Bau, was impressed by the combination of topics: “We love the idea behind the trade fair. As a civil engineering company, we are constantly faced with the question of how to transport or recycle excavated earth. This event is therefore perfect for staying up to date. We were also able to meet many long-standing colleagues of ours here and enjoy in-person discussions again.”

This was the industry’s first major gathering since the start of the pandemic, with participants also praising the dedication and service of organiser Messe Karlsruhe. Günther Braun, a consultant at Agrotel, said: “The team at the trade fair centre were extremely friendly and delivered excellent service. We received professional help whenever we needed it. We have never experienced such support at any other trade fair.

Focus on networking and professional discussions

The desire for a live event was palpable, and both visitors and exhibitors used the double trade fair to reignite their personal contacts. Jochen Schwab, Managing Director of SCHWAB GmbH, says: “The action is finally back! Everywhere you look there is something exciting happening. We are delighted to be close to our customers again. The event gives us the chance to showcase our products and our customers have shown great interest. This euphoria is infectious, and we have already used it to initiate new business.” Jonas Pillmayer, Marketing Manager at SkanCraft, agrees: “The double trade fair is simply a must for any manufacturer or dealer in the construction sector. The event programme is open and well thought out, allowing lots of time for networking after the action of the trade fair.”

Companies from all over Germany came to Karlsruhe to participate. A third of visitors travelled over 100 kilometres and over half travelled over 300 kilometres.

Visitors closing deals at the event

95 percent of visitors attended the trade fair in a professional capacity, with a particularly high proportion of decision-makers. Over half of visitors worked in executive or company management, were company owners or self-employed businesspeople. They were also more willing to invest than in 2019. Thomas Knapp, Head of Sales Germany at Wacker Neuson, says: “It’s great to have industry visitors here, as it allows us to have high-quality discussions that deliver leads. We are pleased to have been here and will keep coming back to Karlsruhe. Nothing compares to in-person trade fairs. Digital events really struggle to recreate the personal contact.” Carsten Obrecht, CEO at HS Schoch, adds: “The quality of the visitors is very high, with lots of important decision-makers. We have already concluded some sales.”

New demonstration formats and special areas delight visitors

The 90,000 square metres of outdoor exhibition area at RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE featured some wide-ranging demonstration areas. Three quarters of exhibitors used the event to showcase their products in action, either at their own stand or on one of the five demonstration areas. These included the special theme area scrap and metal, and the demonstration building sites for special heavy construction, conduit construction, and e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping. These were accompanied by the new attachments arena. In total, visitors were treated to 24 action-packed hours of machine and system demonstrations across three days.

“The event certainly delivered on its promise! For industry visitors, it was a compact and very professional trade fair. Most of all, I enjoyed the live demonstrations. You just cannot do something like that digitally. It’s this that makes trade fairs so special”, says Andreas Gruber, Head of Wood & Biomass at Zeller Recycling.

First SBM Summit held alongside demonstration trade fair

Demand for environmentally friendly construction materials and sustainable solutions in the construction sector has grown massively in recent years. Participants were given a preview of tomorrow’s construction methods at the very first Sustainable Building Materials Summit (SBM). This one-day industry congress for sustainable and ecological materials used in the construction and expansion of buildings was held alongside RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE on 6 May. Presentations from leading names in the industry gave architects, interior designers, construction engineers and manufacturers information about the latest developments in sustainable construction. The event also allowed delegates to network with colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. More opportunities for discussion were provided by the accompanying special materials show, in which material researchers presented their latest results up close and in person.

Delegates were pleased with how the inaugural congress went. Monika Meier, CEO of NeptuGmbH, said: “It is a really nice and informative event that is incredibly important for anyone who works in construction. I’m extremely happy with the programme. It was both comprehensive and diverse.” Sylvia Mitschele-Mörmann, a freelance interior designer and Vice Chairwoman of the bdia Baden-Württemberg association, added: “This is where researchers, manufacturers and users meet to see how the sustainable construction materials of the future are being developed. There is a nice family atmosphere here, which is great for networking.”

The next RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will take place from 27 to 29 April 2023 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

Industry associations add their expertise to boost the profile of RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE

Five leading industry associations reflect the needs and challenges of the respective markets, and boost the profile of the trade fair duo with their wide-ranging expertise. They will also enrich the event programme with their support for the five demonstration formats on the topics of scrap and metal, conduit construction, special heavy construction, compact construction, gardening and landscaping, and the new attachments arena. Alongside this, they will also be responsible for the content and organisation of the five specialist visitor tours. These guided and moderated tours will provide answers to specific questions regarding construction logistics and processes, the processing of mineral waste and modern recycling systems. “Our trade fair duo benefits significantly from the strong technical expertise of our association partners. We want to continue developing the concept behind the event to keep it up to date. The continuous discussions on industry topics help us to ensure this, while also guaranteeing that our event addresses the technical and legal developments in order to address important market trends”, explains Olivia Hogenmüller, project manager at Messe Karlsruhe.

Recycling and demolition associations reflect the market

“For years, RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE has been an important and dynamic platform for information on technical innovations and processes in the industry. Our businesses are focused on progress and this event is an essential part of the calendar”, says Eric Rehbock, Managing Director of the German Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (bvse) and member of the advisory committee to the demonstration trade fair. “The bvse has partnered the event since the very beginning. As Germany’s largest association for the recycling and waste management sector, we use our own activities at the large demonstration and special theme areas to provide industry players with important new inspiration to develop and strengthen recycling, as well as ensure the quality of secondary raw materials and construction materials. By providing a compact overview of the sector and the opportunity for intense technical discussions, the trade fair offers real value to visitors for their everyday work. Given the disastrous events in Ukraine and the lingering effects of the largest pandemic in modern times, it also provides valuable orientation for the multifaceted and ever-changing challenges of the market. This year’s trade fair duo will also act as an important place for information and networking to help companies find the specialists and logistics workers they so desperately need right now. The combination of well-trained staff and cutting-edge technology forms the foundation on which our companies can offer high-quality recycling. This plays an essential and decisive role for protecting the environment, the climate and resources”, emphasises Rehbock.

The German Demolition Association (DA) focuses on reincorporating components and waste into the circular economy of the construction sector: “Using recycled construction materials contributes greatly towards environmental and resource protection. In Germany, these materials are subject to a wide range of tests in order to ensure a high level of quality. We need to reclaim more raw materials from demolished buildings, in order to feed components and waste back into construction and create product cycles”, says Andreas Pocha, Managing Director of the DA. “The exhibitors at RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will showcase their latest products and solutions in this area. Visitors will be able to gain further practical information from the associations’ experts on the guided tours. By adding more focus topics like e-mobility and digitalisation in the construction sector, the double trade fair has its finger firmly on the pulse of the industry”, he continues.

For the Association of German Steel Recycling and Disposal Companies (BDSV), current efforts revolve around high-quality recycling of steel waste: “Both businesses and governments are increasingly recognising the fact that ‘green steel’ can only be made through increased use of steel waste. Well-processed recycled steel is the key to creating functioning, high-quality circular economies”, explains BDSV Managing Director Thomas Junker. “RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE gives industry players a quick overview of the latest technical developments in this area. Visitors can see for themselves how the machines perform in practical demonstrations at the exhibitors’ stands and in the special theme area scrap and metal.

The partner associations of RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE also include the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), which represents over 3,000 mostly medium-sized companies in the investment goods sector in Germany and is one of Europe’s largest industry bodies. Sören Grumptmann, specialist for waste and recycling technology at the VDMA, stresses the value of the trade fair duo: “The industry is looking forward to the first live demonstration trade fair after the pandemic. Being there in person is always so much better than only being able to see machines on screen. RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE in Karlsruhe is the perfect opportunity to find out about the latest technology.”

“The trade fair is an incredible chance to show the innovative way in which the metal recycling industry works. Our sector is the ecological backbone, so to speak, when it comes to creating sustainable industry. This fact is clear to see at an event like RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE, especially at the special theme area scrap metal”, says Kilian Schwaiger, Deputy Managing Director of the Association of German Metal Traders (VDM). Also supporting RecyclingAKTIV with their industry knowledge are the German Association of Recycled Construction Materials (BRB), the Quality Assurance System for Recycled Construction Materials for Baden-Württemberg (QRB), the Baden-Württemberg Industrial Association for Stone and Earth (iste) and the gravel body KIWI Oberrhein.

VDBUM as a strategic partner for civil engineering

TiefbauLIVE is partnered by the German Association of the Building Industry, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (VDBUM). “RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will be the sector’s first trade fair in what promises to be an exciting year of events. What makes this double trade fair so special are the incredibly wide-ranging show programmes across five demonstration areas, as well as the exhibitors’ own interactive stands. Our members are already looking forward to exciting demonstrations of construction machinery and equipment”, says Dieter Schnittjer, Managing Director of the VDBUM. The VDBUM will be responsible for the content and on-site moderation at the three demonstration building sites, and has set up two guided tours. In addition, the association will host a dedicated industry event for special heavy construction on Friday 6 May at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. For the second day of the trade fair, the VDBUM is planning a very special event. “Our two Baden-Württemberg offices in Freiburg and Stuttgart are celebrating their 50th anniversary. We want to mark this occasion with a joint tour of the trade fair at 2 pm, an anniversary party from 5.30 pm, and an anniversary and trade fair evening from 7 pm”, says Schnittjer.

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE 2022: 24 hours of live machinery and equipment demonstrations across three days

Alternative drives for construction machinery, vehicles and recycling systems, building site processes, digitalisation and the ongoing struggle to find qualified workers are the issues on everyone’s lips in the construction and environmental engineering sectors. The solutions to these market challenges will be on show at over 200 exhibitor stands across 90,000 m² of indoor and outdoor exhibition space in Karlsruhe. The burning issues will also be the subject of five focused live demonstration formats, which will address them in practical processes. As the demonstration trade fair returns to the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre for the third time from 5 to 7 May, the event’s clear focus on live demonstrations has been intensified and expanded with more programme highlights reflecting the needs of the market.

Action-packed highlights across five demo formats

The trade fair will feature a total of three new demonstration formats, including the attachments arena. This will offer visitors a series of three specialist demonstrations per day that will provide an action-packed show highlighting the versatility of the carrier vehicles as they take part in demolition, recycling or ground preparation work. Visitors will therefore easily be able to find the perfect equipment to boost productivity in their own businesses. Alongside construction machinery and vehicles, the focus here will be on attachments. Tools like bucket screeners, demolition hammers and attached compactors will be demonstrated in realistic construction processes. Expert advisers will be on hand to provide information about the features and applications of the attachments, perfectly complimenting the impressive show.

Alongside the trade fair, the German Association of the Building Industry, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (VDBUM) will host a dedicated event for special heavy construction on Friday 6 May. It will feature a series of business leaders and managers from leading heavy construction companies, engineering offices, machinery and component manufacturers as well as assembly service providers. Together with the demonstration building site heavy construction, this will create a combination of theory and practice that will form the basis for expanding on the topic going forward. The demonstration building site will showcase a rotary drilling system from Bauer alongside a MOVAX pile driver and auger. The issues of safety and process orientation will be at the heart of the demonstration building site. The VDBUM will also focus on construction sites logistics, security and material transport in its two daily demonstrations, which will expand the product presentation with intensive and individual consultation as the equipment is working.

Another new addition is the demonstration building site e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping. This was initiated by the VDBUM and created together with the regional gardening and landscaping association GaLaBau BW. The demonstration building site will feature around ten participants, including major industry players like Wacker Neuson, Kiesel with Giant and Hitachi, Wilhelm Schäfer, AVANT Tecno, Husqvarna and JCB. A total of around 16 powerful yet efficient machines will be demonstrated, including battery-driven mini-excavators, multifunction loaders, forklifts and dumpers. This aims to highlight practical solutions to increasingly strict noise and exhaust pollution requirements in tenders for urban construction. The demonstration building site will address two current topics simultaneously, showcasing alternative drive systems for machinery while also focusing on the topic of qualification and training. The machinery will be demonstrated by apprentices from participating businesses. This will bring to life exciting jobs like operating construction machinery, while also highlighting the variety in these youngsters’ training programmes.

The topics of the demonstration building site conduit construction range from earth excavation and compaction to underground duct construction, material preparation and excavator control. Activities like excavation for underground supply lines, earth moving and material preparation, or the transport and loading of pipe elements and other construction materials, will be demonstrated here as a single construction process. This will be just like a real construction site, but in a compact format and with expert moderation from the VDBUM. Participating companies will include Moba, Hydrema, ALLU, Kemroc, SANY, RSP and Zeppelin. Visitors can look forward to seeing mobile and chain excavators in various weight classes using attachments like bucket screens, cutters, attached compactors or pipe connectors. These typical activities showcased on and around the demonstration building site will be rounded off with vehicles for material transport and machines for disposing of mineral materials, such as suction excavators.

The specific infrastructure of a modern scrap yard, featuring all the common work steps like storage, shredding, handling and processing, will be recreated across around 2,000 square metres of demonstration area. Every demonstration will be accompanied by professional dialogue with product specialists from the respective participating companies. The highlight of the special theme area scrap metal will be a system consisting of four units for processing light mixed scrap metal. This will showcase the material recycling process chain from pre-shredding to clean output. The system will be fed by a CAT MH3024 material handler fitted with an orange-peel gripper. Also on show will be scrap shears from VENETO Schwenter and MBI, as well as a hydraulic magnet from SkanCraft. In this realistic scrapyard environment, analyticon instruments will provide insights into mobile analytics by presenting the benefits of analysers for determining different alloys. Finally, the scrapyard will also feature a modular system for storage boxes and the demonstration of a BUTTI forklift brush attachment.

Specialist tours address current developments

A total of five specialist tours will address topics that are influencing the industry today, as well as providing inspiration, showcasing solutions and offering a compact insight into the latest issues in special heavy engineering, demolition and recycling. With expert moderation from the associations BDSV, bvse, DA, VDBUM and GaLaBau BW, each tour will take groups of no more than 30 participants to speak with industry experts from the respective association partners. The tours will last around 90 minutes and visit between six and 10 selected stands, offering a huge amount of expert input. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the right contact partners at the respective stands without waiting. They will also be able to follow the product presentations that they are interested in and find new inspiration to take back with them for their own activities. Tours are free for visitors.

The topics of the tours are as follows:

• Construction processes (presented by VDBUM)

• Construction site logistics (presented by VDBUM)

• Gardening and landscaping (presented by GaLaBau BW)

• Mobile processing technology in steel recycling (presented by BDSV and ISM – German Institute for Scrap and Metals)

• From demolition to the use of quality-assured secondary building materials (presented by bvse and DA)

Discover your future at the job fair

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will also provide an area for jobs with prospects close to two dynamic demonstration building sites. Leading construction, demolition and recycling companies like Peter Gross Bau, Leonhard Weiss, the Oettinger Group and the Reif Group from Raststatt will be represented here and will present both themselves and their vacancies in the realistic working environment. As this area will also feature apprentices from the construction sector, it will be easy for school and university students, apprentices, young professionals, specialists and those looking for a new career challenge to join discussions with the companies in a relaxed atmosphere.

Founders’ Garage: Start-ups to showcase product innovations

The hall area will also host the Founders’ Garage, a start-up zone in collaboration with COREUM. This will offer young businesses a promising platform to market their innovative solutions, sound out potential partnerships, or draw the attention of investors and media. Their ideas address the future trends of the construction industry, recycling and environmental engineering. SODEX, for example, will present its assistant system SDX-4DVision. Based on laser and camera technology, this automates measurement and documentation work in special heavy engineering. Another start-up, Wastebox, will showcase its newly developed app that digitally maps out the entire disposal process. It connects customers and suppliers in real time, allowing them to organise the disposal of construction waste quickly and transparently. Other start-ups at the Founders’ Garage will include Quiky, Recalm and PistonPower.

SBM Summit for sustainable building materials

The SBM Summit (sustainable building materials) is the first industry congress for sustainable and ecological materials used in the construction and conversion of buildings. The event will offer an exclusive programme of presentations. “Demand for environmentally friendly construction materials and sustainable solutions in the construction sector has grown massively in recent years. With the SBM Summit, we want to offer the industry a forum dedicated to the materials of the future. We aim to discover how they can be used, share experiences and enable networking”, says Frank Thieme, project manager of the SBM Summit.

More information about the event programme and activities at RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE, along with demonstration times, can be found at:

First construction and recycling trade fair of 2022 to showcase new products live and up close!

After two years, trade fairs are finally back! RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE is set to mark the beginning of a year full of innovations. Around 185 exhibitors will present their latest products at the double trade fair from 5 to 7 May 2022. Everyone involved is looking forward to in-person discussions and seeing the new machinery up close. The organising team cannot wait for the restart: “The visitors, exhibitors and we in the organising team are really looking forward to the event. The industry has waited so long to once again experience machinery and innovations live, compare them and judge how they can solve the challenges they face in their own businesses. From the latest plant systems and electrical drives to digital software solutions, visitors will receive an excellent overview of the trends and developments within the sector”, says project manager Olivia Hogenmüller.

Innovative approaches to demolition work

Zeppelin is set to present the new Cat 340 UHD Ultra High Demolition excavator. Developed for heavy demolition work on high-rise structures, it features a working height that is 13 per cent higher than the previous model, the Cat 340F UHD. This makes it suitable for use on buildings with up to eight storeys. A variety of undercarriages, booms and sticks, together with the wide selection of Cat demolition attachments, make the machine more flexible so that users can get the most from their investment. Thanks to a unique coupling system, the boom can be replaced in just 15 minutes without the need for special tools. This enables quick adjustment to the current working height. The Cat 340 UHD is based on technology from the latest generation of Cat excavators, with electro-hydraulic pilot control, newly developed comfort cabin and a host of assistance systems for greater efficiency and reduced fuel consumption.

At RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE 2022, the Wirtgen Group will present an entirely new innovation in the recycling industry. The MOBICAT MC 110(i) EVO2 mobile jaw crusher from Kleemann is flexible and versatile in both transport and operation. The highlight of this machine is its new and effective multi-stage overload system, which recognises overload situations caused by hard, unbreakable material. As a result, the system avoids unwanted downtimes, therefore increasing availability and overall output. Kleemann also offers support to operators in everyday work with the intuitive SPECTIVE control system and the new digital solution SPECTIVE CONNECT.

New machinery and attachments for the recycling sector

Liebherr will use the occasion of RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE to premier its new GMM 50-5 multi-tine grapple. The five-tine grapple has been fully redeveloped and is mainly used in machinery classes ranging from 35 to 55 tonnes. This cleverly designed grapple is intended for efficient material handling in the scrap and recycling sector.

nb Baumaschinen, a dealer of construction machinery in the recycling industry, will also be exhibiting compact recycling systems at the trade fair. Among the machines on show will be the Kimera S430 mobile concrete mixer, which can create fresh concrete within 30 seconds. The mixer transports the materials individually from separate bunkers, so that the required product can be made on site without losses. The discharge screw conveyor can be rotated by up to 180° and inclined by 30°, allowing users to set the perfect discharge point at any time. The system produces exactly the required quantity and can be stopped at any time during the production process. Instead of expensive and time-consuming disposal, all material is used on the construction site, saving 90 per cent of the transport and disposal costs.

Digital solutions for greater sustainability in the recycling sector

Wastebox has developed an app that digitally maps out the entire disposal process. It connects customers and suppliers in real time, allowing them to organise the disposal of construction waste quickly and transparently. All information is captured in real time, combined in a central online platform and displayed clearly. Data analytics technology continuously assesses the data and provides it online at all times. By cleverly using this app, disposal logistics companies can continuously optimise their operations. They can reduce their ecological footprint and make all transactions climate neutral.

Also on show will be the latest dust suppression machines from Paal. These are equipped with CURT control software, enabling remote control and monitoring of the machine in real time. By inputting certain information, such as various weather conditions or light barriers, users caAlso on show will be the latest dust suppression machines from Paal. These are equipped with CURT control software, enabling remote control and monitoring of the machine in real time. By inputting certain information, such as various weather conditions or light barriers, users can define when and how the system switches on and off automatically to combat dust or odours that are regularly caused by certain work processes. This automates the process of dust and odour protection, increasing energy efficiency and preserving resources.n define when and how the system switches on and off automatically to combat dust or odours that are regularly caused by certain work processes. This automates the process of dust and odour protection, increasing energy efficiency and preserving resources.

Technology up close: RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE to offer practical and impressive live demonstrations

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE, the practically focused demonstration trade fair for mechanical engineering, construction and environmental technology, is set to once again showcase the innovative strength of these industries. The event will be held from 5 to 7 May and will deliver a comprehensive range of topics at a single location. These will include construction machinery and attachments, material transport and handling, and construction waste recycling, to name just the areas that link the two sectors of the trade fair duo. “We are back, refreshed and with more new ideas than ever before. I’m looking forward to welcoming visitors back to our practically focused live demonstration trade fair, which will feature new, even more specialised demonstration formats. Events like RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE that allow visitors to see machinery in action up close rely on the industry coming together in person. This allows visitors to get to know machinery in realistic operations and prepare or even make investment decisions directly based on the market transparency they gain here”, explains project manager Olivia Hogenmüller.

Exhibitors highlight trade fair’s importance

Despite being postponed twice due to the pandemic, the event has been able to gain a number of new exhibitors. These include Siebtechnik Tema, Cams M&R Maschinenhandel, Tibatek, Husqvarna and Avant Tecno, who will be showcasing their products and innovations alongside long-standing exhibitors. “After having missed out on trade fairs for so long, we are delighted to start the event calendar for 2022 with RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE. We at DMS Technologie GmbH are looking forward to in-person discussions with industry visitors. We cannot wait to present our new product innovations and see the reactions. Bringing industry specialists together in person to discuss products is so important”, says Sebastian Gruber, Head of Sales at DMS Technologie GmbH. Around 185 manufacturers and dealers are expected to participate in the event. These cover all stages of the handling, use and recycling of valuable materials like rubble, scrap, metal and waste wood. It will also showcase the full spectrum of civil engineering machinery, with a special focus on road, path and conduit building, as well as compact construction.

The event will be held from 5 to 7 May and will deliver a comprehensive range of topics at a single location

Trade fair returns with new demonstration formats

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will offer three new demonstration formats to respond to the needs of visitors. The new attachments arena, for example, will offer visitors a series of three specialist tours per day. These will provide an action-packed show highlighting the versatility of the carrier vehicles as they take part in demolition, recycling or ground preparation work. This will make it easier for visitors to find the perfect equipment to boost productivity in their own business. Alongside construction machinery and vehicles, the event will showcase tools like bucket screeners, demolition hammers and attached compactors being demonstrated in realistic construction processes. Expert advisers will be on hand to provide information about the features and applications of the attachments, perfectly complimenting the impressive show. Topics like special heavy construction and e-mobility are becoming ever more important to market players. The trade fair duo will respond with new and dedicated demonstration areas at the demonstration building sites for both special heavy construction and e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping. Areas from previous events, like the demonstration building site conduit construction and the special theme area scrap metal, will of course return.

Finger on the pulse of the industry: trade fair duo addresses key trends

“We want this event to constantly have its finger on the pulse of the industry. Our aim is to showcase solutions to visitors and give them the inspiration they need to master the challenges of an increasingly digitalised, automated and connected construction site. That is why we are placing particular importance on the topics of digitalisation and telematics in the guided tours, for example. These will visit the stands of providers who supply practical solutions”, explains Hogenmüller. One of these exhibitors is Zeppelin, who will be presenting the advanced Cat 340 UHD Ultra High Demolition excavator. “Demolition and recycling companies who are digitalising their businesses need reliable machinery and transparent processes more than ever. Our telematics and condition monitoring tools perfectly complement our high-performance construction machinery”, explains Anke Hadwiger, Head of Trade Fairs, Events & Training at Zeppelin. The hall area will also host the Founders’ Garage, a start-up zone in collaboration with COREUM. This will offer young businesses a promising platform to market their innovative solutions, sound out potential partnerships, or draw the attention of investors and media. This area will also form the core of the trade fair, making it a place where the industry comes together to grow networks and business relationships.

The SBM Summit for sustainable building materials will also take place alongside RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE for the first time on 6 May. This event will feature a one-day special programme to accompany the trade fair, with exclusive expert presentations on topics related to sustainable and ecological materials.

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE brings two industries together in one place


The demonstration trade fairs RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE are expected to go ahead as planned from 10 to 12 June 2021 across both the hall and outdoor exhibition areas of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, according to organiser Messe Karlsruhe. “Our exhibitors are chomping at the bit and are keen to help us shape the twin trade fair. Together with them, our partner associations and service partners, we are developing practical solutions that will enable live demonstrations to take place safely and in full at stands and in six formats”, explains project manager Olivia Hogenmüller. “We are already working on a tailored safety and hygiene plan for our event, in close contact with the relevant authorities. Our priority is to create flexible measures. Since September, the trade fair industry has shown that safety and hygiene measures adapted to the infection situation can be effective.”

Attachments arena combines both industries

2021 will see the first cross-industry attachments arena, which will present tools from the recycling and civil engineering sectors in a single action-packed show. Among the carrier vehicles on show will be a mobile excavator from CAT and a tracked excavator from Kiesel. Anke Hadwiger, Head of Trade Fairs, Events and Training at Zeppelin Baumaschinen, is already looking forward to seeing the CAT attachments live in action: “Virtual events are great, but they can never replace live ones. In this regard, we are really looking forward to getting back to live. We can’t wait to fully interact with visitors again.” The list of companies that will be showcasing the power and versatility of their attachments in this new arena includes names like ALLU, Ammann Verdichtung, Epiroc and ZFE (HS-Schoch Group).


A kick-off meeting took place, at which Messe Karlsruhe informed the participating manufacturers of the potential safety measures that will apply at the event: “The organisers have created a solid hygiene and safety plan. It is flexible and can be adapted to whatever the situation is at the time. We exhibitors can also do our bit by making our stands hygienically safe”, says Willi Reutter, Application Manager Heavy Equipment at Ammann Verdichtung. “When you also consider the fact that the event will be mostly taking place outside, I believe that RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE will be able to go ahead as planned in June. After so many trade fairs were cancelled in 2020, we are desperate for more personal contact with our customers. We hope that this demonstration trade fair can act as a restart.”

Showcasing machinery and systems to customers in person

With over 90,000 square metres of exhibition space, the outdoor area offers exhibitors plenty of options for demonstrating products at their stands. All the material required for this is also provided, from scrap and rubble to logs, earth and biomass. This will allow visitors to compare products from leading manufacturers in real operations. They will also be able to discuss them in depth with representatives from around 250 exhibitors, including the likes of Moerschen, Dappen, HAAS, Kurz Aufbereitungsanlagen, TTS Trump Technik Service and debutant BAU Süddeutsche Baumaschinen. These specialists will provide information about the products on show alongside the live demonstration, allowing visitors to experience the latest recycling systems up close. Other exhibitors demonstrating the technology and effectiveness of their products at their stands will include Kemroc, MTS Schrode, Kubota and RSP.

Special heavy construction in theory, practice and consulting

Thanks to a combination of a dedicated demonstration building site, exhibitor presentations and a special training programme, the topic of special heavy construction will receive much greater recognition at RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE in 2021. Liebherr-MCCtec Vertriebs- und Service GmbH will bring their LB 16 unplugged to Karlsruhe, an electrically powered rotary drilling system that weighs in at 55 tonnes. Boasting a maximum drilling depth of 34.5 metres, the new Liebherr model gets its name from its battery, which replaces the need for a power cable. SkanCraft, a veteran of the demonstration trade fair, will present its hydraulic vibration ram. This attachment makes it easier to pick up and place down sheet piles, and is used in slope stabilisation as well as rail, bridge and conduit construction. New exhibitor EMDE Bohrtechnik will be presenting its rotary drill heads, while Söndgerath will bring its portfolio for pumps and accessories to Karlsruhe.

Messe Karlsruhe receives expert advice and support for its demonstration building sites for conduit construction, e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping from the German Association of the Building Industry, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (VDBUM). The association will manage these demonstration areas on site and will also hold its third industry event for special heavy construction on 11 June at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. This event will see six high-profile keynote speakers provide insights into the following topics:

  • Assistant systems in special heavy construction
  • Investigating and describing rock in the context of the German construction contract procedures (VOB 2019)
  • Innovations from industry
  • German construction contract law as per section 650a ff of the German Civil Code and special heavy construction
  • Vibration ramming technology
  • Special heavy construction services in major projects


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