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RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE convinces as a unique demonstration fair format

Double-digit growth rates in exhibitors and occupied space - this was the largest demonstration fair to date, RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE (RATL for short) at Messe Karlsruhe. Around 10,000 visitors from more than twenty countries gathered information over the three days of the fair from more than 260 manufacturers, dealers and service providers who represented a wide range of products and services in the civil engineering and recycling sector. The numerous live demonstrations and the practical exchange between exhibitors completed the demo fair experience of RATL 2023.

"The combination of civil engineering and recycling is an outstanding contribution to the circular economy and the sustainable use of raw materials. The demonstrated e-drives, recyclable building materials and system and process innovations visibly illustrate the changes towards sustainability within the industries. „The demonstration fair is a hub for innovative ideas in the Karlsruhe Technology Region," says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

The Baden-Württemberg Minister of Transport, Winfried Hermann, patron of RATL, emphasises in connection with his visit to the trade fair: "Both the civil engineering sector and the recycling industry are undergoing a major transformation. Recycling is becoming increasingly important and the processes are becoming more sophisticated and significant. In all areas of construction, we are increasingly moving towards a circular economy. This is also necessary in order to save energy and materials, so the two trade fairs are very much related to each other and have a common goal: they want to contribute to the conservation of environmental resources and the climate with new processes."

Demo formats inspire the trade audience

The five top-class demo formats with around 40 shows on all three days of the fair created the perfect space for visitors to compare and explore innovations and custom-fit solutions for use in their own operations. Sarah Rupperath, Marketing Manager at exhibitor JCB, had her machines running in not one but two demo formats: "There is no trade fair in Germany that offers so much demonstration on the exhibition site. We are present at the electromobility showcase and the wood and biomass action area. In addition, we have our live demo area on the stand itself. We don't have that at any other trade fair." Visitor Nicole Ziesak from Hans Meyer AG in the Swiss canton of Aargau is enthusiastic: "In my opinion the fair is very structured and interesting. Especially the demos are exciting. Seeing how the machine works and not just hearing how it works theoretically is a great added value."

The Baustelle:Zukunft job fair, which was dedicated to the shortage of junior staff in the sectors, was also visited a lot and received top ratings.

RATL important platform for investment decisions

The fact that the unique character of the concept of the demonstration fair is well received by the industries is also reflected in the high willingness of trade visitors to invest. More than three quarters of the visitors are decision-makers. "We are particularly satisfied with the quality of the discussions we have with interested parties," says Marc Kallies, branch manager at Zeppelin Baumaschinen, summing up his participation in the fair. "There is a relaxed, but at the same time technically good atmosphere at RATL. Here, in contrast to other trade fairs, we have the opportunity to deal intensively with the customers. This is the only way we can go into depth on the topics." This can also be confirmed by visitor Robert Maier from Stingel Baustoffrecycling in Schwenningen: "I really like the size of the fair. Here I can have detailed discussions with business partners who really take time for me. I will definitely come again in 2025." Thomas Knapp, Head of Sales Germany at Wacker Neuson, describes the fair as a win-win situation for visitors and exhibitors: "We are very satisfied with our participation in this year's fair. We were able to close good deals with a high probability of follow-up orders at our stand and hold numerous consultations."

Many visitors from all over Germany and more than twenty other countries travelled long distances to attend the fair. Almost half of the visitors travelled more than 100 kilometres and one in six more than 300 kilometres. Stefan Siefken, sales representative at Eggersmann, sums up: "The RATL is a high-quality trade fair and gets to the heart of the industry. We also meet international trade customers here from Switzerland, France and Austria who make decisions directly at the fair."

High-quality exhibitors show the interplay of the construction, demolition and recycling sectors.

260 exhibitors - more than ever before - created a compact sales platform for linking the construction, demolition and recycling sectors in the trade fair landscape on an area of over 95,000 m². Newcomers such as Topcon Deutschland Positioning, Vermeer Deutschland and UNTHA shredding technology contributed to a comprehensive cross-section of products and brands. But also long-standing exhibitors such as Zeppelin and JCB expanded their product ranges represented at the fair and positioned themselves more broadly and thus also larger, for example in the compact and handling machinery sector. Harald Weber, Sales Manager at Kurz, says: "We are very close to the customers here, because we can get on every machine with them and show them in live operation. I also like the combination of topics: because material that I often cannot reuse in civil engineering can be recycled. That's what makes RATL so special, because I meet both customer groups here."

The great satisfaction of the exhibitors is also reflected in their intention to return: more than 90 percent of the exhibitors have already confirmed their participation in the next RATL in September 2025. Olivia Hogenmüller, project manager, says: "The great response from our exhibitors is a great motivation with regard to autumn 2025. I was particularly pleased that we have already had numerous discussions with potential new customers who were able to convince themselves of the demonstration fair format on site."

RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE work together with the industry associations Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Stahlrecycling- und Entsorgungsunternehmen (BDSV), Bundesverband Sekundärrohstoffe und Entsorgung (bvse), Verband der Baubranche, Umwelt- und Maschinentechnik (VDBUM), Deutscher Abbruchverband (DA), Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA), Verband Deutscher Metallhändler und Recycler (VDM) and Verband Garten- Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau Baden-Württemberg.

The next RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE will take place in autumn 2025.


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RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE: Three trade fair days filled to the brim with live demonstrations of the latest machine and plant technology

Careful handling of building materials and closing material cycles in the recycling sector, alternative drives for machinery and equipment, the digitalisation of construction processes and the recruitment of skilled workers are defining topics and trends in the construction and recycling industry. The RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE (RATL for short) trade fair from 27 to 29 April 2023 at Messe Karlsruhe offers decision-makers from the sectors concerned an up-to-date, complete and lively overview of these bundles of topics. On more than 95,000 square metres of exhibition space, 95 % of which is outdoors, the more than 260 exhibitors will be showing their machine technology live in action for the most part. A wealth of information is also provided by the supporting programme of the live demonstration fair with a total of five action areas and sample construction sites, free themed tours, a job exchange and a raw materials discussion forum. "The supporting programme is mainly supported by the exhibitors," says project manager Olivia Hogenmüller. "In addition to their great commitment to the five demo formats, they take advantage of the unique demonstration conditions of the Karlsruhe fairgrounds and demonstrate their machine technology with a wide variety of material flows and in versatile areas of application on more than two-thirds of the stand areas in the open-air site. No stone is left unturned!

Five demo formats bring machine technology to the stage in an action-packed way

One of a total of five demo formats can be considered a special highlight in the RATL supporting programme: the Attachment Arena. Here, in three grippingly staged and competently presented machine shows every day, visitors will experience how versatile implement carriers with changing attachments can be used in demolition, recycling and soil preparation and thus ensure more productivity on the construction site. In addition to classic and well-known attachments such as demolition hammers, pulverisers, separators and cultivation cutters, a dredger-mounted pile driver and a light materials vacuum cleaner will also be demonstrated here for the first time in realistic demolition and construction processes. The impressive demonstration sequences will shed light on the product specifics. Technical advisors from the 14 participating exhibitors will then explain the applications and added value of the equipment in more detail at their own stands and will be available for further information after the demonstration.

Together with the Verband der Baubranche, Umwelt- und Maschinentechnik e.V. (VDBUM), the trade fair's partner association, a large-scale civil engineering and road construction demonstration site will be set up in the TiefbauLIVE exhibition area. This demo format will focus on how modern vehicles and machines, systems and processes interact in infrastructure construction within the framework of two live shows per day of the fair. Modern road construction processes will be demonstrated, from earth excavation to the handling and transport of excavated material, as well as 3D-controlled formation creation and asphalt paving to compaction with compaction control. Visitors will be able to compare machines and systems directly and find the technical solutions for their individual requirements in everyday operations.

Machines and equipment operate as quietly as a whisper and completely free of exhaust fumes at the electric mobility showcase for compact and landscaping construction. It was initiated by the VDBUM and designed jointly with the Verband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau Baden-Württemberg e.V. (GaLaBau BW). With this demo format, the RATL targets classic civil engineering as well as gardening and landscaping companies and their special requirements when handling machines in urban areas or green spaces. Electric construction machines and vehicles meet the demands for less physical strain as well as stricter noise and exhaust specifications for municipal construction measures. Visitors can experience four alternating shows every day. Two construction processes involving earthmoving, transport, soil preparation and processing, and compaction will be shown. They are illustrated by 15 compact, quiet and yet powerful construction machines, construction vehicles and recycling plants - demonstrated by trainees from regional landscaping companies, who thus bring their modern professions to life and promote young talent. The VDBUM-initiated Regional Competition South also shows what the professions in the construction industry, landscaping and mechanical engineering have to offer: The "VDBUM Azubi Cup - German Championships 2023/2024" offers a platform for committed trainees in the practical environment of the model construction site. They compete against each other in theory and practice over the entire duration of the trade fair.

A huge throughput and maximum precision in the crushing, sorting and screening of renewable raw materials are demonstrated by the machines and systems in the Wood & Biomass action area, which covers around 2,500 square metres. In a realistic working environment, mobile solutions for pre-sorting wood, removing residual materials and producing wood-based recycling materials are in action. On all three days of the fair, the machines will be on show in two shows (Show A and Show B), one in the morning and one in the afternoon. From shredders, trommel screens and handling excavators to dust-binding systems: the entire range of products for processing wood and biomass from the 17 participating exhibiting companies can be experienced by visiting both shows. In addition to the spectacular machine demonstrations, visitors can consult with product specialists directly on the equipment and exchange information.

During the three days of the fair, the Scrap & Metal action area will be transformed into a mobile scrap and recycling yard. Here the specific infrastructure and operational processes of a scrap and metal yard will be staged. Representatives of the participating manufacturers will explain all the typical work steps in dialogue with the presenter, including crushing and sorting, storage and handling with scrap shears, excavator magnets and grabs, as well as the cleaning and recycling of metals. Visitors can see the machines on display in real-life operation and compare the interaction of carrier and attachment. The 20-minute live demonstrations will be shown several times on each of the three days of the fair.

Visitor tours focus on product highlights and innovations

Hardly anything could be more informative for trade visitors than the six thematic visitor tours, each lasting around two hours. The tours focus on current topics in the civil engineering, demolition and recycling industries and present solutions to current challenges. The tours will be moderated by representatives of the industry associations BDSV, bvse, DA, VDBUM, VDMA-Recyclingtechnik and the Verband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau Baden-Württemberg. "We are pleased with the good cooperation with the very committed trade fair advisory board, which shaped the content of the tours," says Beate Frères, Division Manager Own Exhibitions at Messe Karlsruhe. In groups of a maximum of 30 participants, eight to ten exhibitor stations will be visited and product highlights, innovative solutions and services on the respective topics will be shown. During these tours, visitors can quickly and easily get to know their direct contact persons at the respective trade fair stands, watch product demonstrations thematically tailored to their particular needs and take away valuable impulses for their own business. In conjunction with a fair ticket, participation in the fair tours is free of charge, but registration is required via the online ticket shop or, for those who decide at short notice, on site at the fair management in the outdoor area.

The topics and moderating associations of this year's tours are:

- Technologies and solutions in recycling technology (VDMA Recycling Technology).

- Mobile processing technology in steel recycling (BDSV)

- Gardening and landscaping (Verband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau Baden-Württemberg)

- Demolition and processing technology (VDBUM)

- Rental equipment in the construction process (VDBUM)

- Standardised interfaces of attachment and carrier vehicle (VDBUM)

Find your dream job at the Baustelle:Zukunft job fair

During RATL, the Baustelle:Zukunft job fair will be presented in a realistic environment that only the live character of the demo fair can offer. Visitors can experience individual job profiles, such as that of a construction equipment operator, foreman or site manager, and sound out their own talents and future prospects. Embedded in the central gastronomic contact point for visitors in the open-air site and located directly at the main entrance, six renowned construction, demolition and recycling companies present their employer strengths and vacant job offers, which can be examined on a "job wall" as a notice board, among other things. The informal and relaxed atmosphere at RATL makes it easier to start conversations with the represented companies.

Parallel to the fair: Trade congress, lecture and seminar programme

Parallel to the RATL demo fair, the SBM Forum, a trade congress for sustainable and ecological materials, will take place on 28 April 2023. This year's SBM edition focuses on the handling of secondary building materials. In practice-oriented lectures, the speakers address recycling companies and construction firms. Their topics include sorting by type, new findings on recycled concrete, the classification of secondary building materials and plant-based fibres for regional value chains. Attendance at the SBM Forum is free of charge for visitors to RATL, but registration via the online ticket shop is requested.

Also parallel to RATL, the LOGEX Academy will offer entertaining and exciting lectures on 27 and 28 April on the conference floor of Messe Karlsruhe and in the hall area of RATL. Interested visitors can expect interesting topics from the areas of IT, digitalisation, fire protection, law and the future of alternative drives. LOGEX is a nationwide network of medium-sized waste management companies. All lectures are free of charge.

RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE: Large range of attachments for all kinds of carrier systems

As companies face rising material and labour costs, the use of innovative technology to boost efficiency on construction sites is an important competitive advantage. Visitors to RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE from 27 to 29 April 2023 in Karlsruhe will be able to experience attachments, interfaces and digital assistance systems live and up close. From compressing, excavating and milling to crushing, screening, grabbing and mixing, dozens of exhibitors will showcase their technological solutions in a broad range of applications, either at their own stands or in the specially designed attachments arena. The perfect coordination of the carrier system, attachment, and rotation and changeover system holds great potential for improving construction site processes, making more efficient use of staff and reducing costs.

Tiltrotators enabling versatile use of construction machinery

The cylinderless NOX tiltrotator from KINSHOFER is designed for excavators with an operating weight of 3 to 25 tonnes. Thanks to a 360° continuous rotation and a swivel angle of 2 x 50°, the tiltrotator transforms excavators into multi-functional attachment carriers. The quick-change coupler and selection of attachments enable excellent efficiency on any construction site. As a result, operators can perform more and different types of work processes even faster, whilst also increasing safety across the working environment. KINSHOFER will demonstrate the tiltrotator live with various attachments, such as multi-purpose grippers or levelling buckets.

OilQuick will showcase its new Zero Degree technology. The market leader for fully hydraulic quick-change systems will use this year’s trade fair to focus on one product area in particular: the tiltrotator. The Zero Degree technology means that the rotational plane of the new tiltrotators runs parallel rather than at an incline. This allows any attachment to be used without having to correct the tumbling motion of conventional systems. Training time is reduced as a result, while the technology also prevents dangerous situations arising on the construction site.

Excavator scoops for every application

The liquid soil bucket from Tibatek enables cost-effective production of liquid soils on site. It processes the excavated earth by adding compound and a set volume of water, producing a fluid, self-compacting backfill material in just 5-6 minutes. The system best displays its advantages over conventional products in areas where tight spaces make installation and compacting more difficult. As well as producing liquid soils, the mobile mixing bucket can be used to produce small quantities of concrete without the need for a mobile concrete mixer.

Rädlinger will present its new X-TREME backhoe. This is based on the standard backhoe that was given a number of specific modifications to respond to customer wishes. These include reinforcing corners on the interface, a larger tooth system, a stronger blade, more robust side walls and base made from HB400, stronger side cutting edges and a thicker wall on the bucket box. The wear-resistant design significantly extends the service life compared to normal backhoes, therefore making the carrier more economical. The X-TREME is available for excavators with an operating weight of 11 to 50 tonnes.

Bucket screeners enable recycling of waste material

In the outdoor exhibition area, Predatore will demonstrate various bucket screeners in its PP, PS and PX series. Tailored to customer requirements, the separators are available in grading curves of 10 to 80 millimetres in 5 millimetre steps. With its cutting-edge separator technology, the PP series in particular offers enormous volume and high throughput, while also helping to protect the environment. This is because the robust bucket screeners can recycle a plethora of organic and mineral waste into usable materials.

The Terra-Star® bucket screener from Kronenberger oecotec is designed as an attachment for hydraulic excavators and wheeled loaders. The horizontal shafts are fitted in enclosed, zero-maintenance bearing units and flanged in front. With the QUICK quick-change coupling, users can replace the shafts without having to remove the bearing or chains. This allows for versatile use with the same unit. It also significantly reduces downtimes resulting from having to replace the shafts due to wear. The Terra-Star® is available with various shaft designs. These can also be ordered on an after-sale basis as shaft kits.

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Compact and efficient – RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE to present solutions for gardening and landscaping

The RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE trade fair (RATL) from 27 to 29 April 2023 will see around 230 producers and dealers provide a concentrated and practical overview of the latest construction machinery, equipment and systems. The new innovations will be showcased in realistic, action-packed shows in the demonstration building sites for e-mobility in compact construction, gardening and landscaping or civil engineering and road construction, as well as at the companies’ own stands. The products on show will include innovations for screening, separating and processing organic materials. Visitors can also expect a broad range of machinery featuring alternative drive technology. These are particularly beneficial in urban construction sites that are subject to strict emission and noise pollution rules. The trade fair will therefore provide gardening and landscaping businesses with the tools and inspiration they need to boost efficiency.

Electrically powered dumpers and mini-excavators

Sany will present the electrically driven SY19E mini-excavator, which boasts a powerful battery and efficient high-voltage technology. It is particularly well suited to operations in buildings or residential areas subject to emissions and noise limitations. The electric motor generates 15 kW of power and ensures fast and highly flexible work processes together with the load-sensing hydraulic system. The electric drive reduces energy costs by around 30 per cent compared to excavators powered by combustion engines.

JCB will present the 1TE, the company’s first electric one-tonne wheeled dumper with lithium-ion battery. Designed for use inside buildings, underground and in emission-regulated environments, the electric dumper complements the 19C-1E electric mini-excavator that JCB will also present at the trade fair. The 1TE features a steel skip and an articulated chassis. Its pair of 5 kWh lithium-ion batteries provide enough power for a full shift in normal working conditions and can be charged via the conventional grid on site.

Following its debut at bauma in 2022, Hydrema will present the DT6 electric dumper at RATL. It boasts excellent off-road capability, a compact design, articulated steering, low ground pressure and MultiTip control for the rotating skip. The DT6 has a fully redesigned electric 96 V platform to meet the performance requirements for machines of this size. The fully electric Zf-e-trac drive train keeps the noise level to a minimum. The 90 V lithium-ion battery allows the dumper to work for up to eight hours and be recharged during breaks.

The right equipment for small and compact construction sites

The GYRUstar bucket screener from NB Baumaschinen can act as both an excavator and wheeled loader. With its highly wear-resistant polyurethane shafts, it can screen particles measuring 10, 15 and 20 mm in diameter. In gardening and landscaping, it is mainly used for removing turf and screening topsoil, compost and sand. The company will also showcase a mobile concrete mixer that can produce fresh concrete at the press of a button within 30 seconds. NB therefore covers the entire recycling process, from screening to finished concrete.

Hunklinger will present a new laying clamp specially designed for use on mini-excavators from a weight of around three tonnes. The HP30 can provide much more power for shifting rectangular stones. It is the answer to new requirements and is ideal for moving large stones and panels. The HP30 is equipped with an efficient and proven fully hydraulic automatic control, a 360° rotary motor and twist system as standard. The new kerbstone feet help place the laying clamp on narrow contact edges such as deep kerbstones on parking spaces or paths.

Paus will also showcase its latest innovation at the double trade fair for the first time since bauma. Based in Emsbüren in northern Germany, the manufacturer will present the AKR 9095 swivel-skip dumper. It features a large skip volume and a high dumping width, coupled with easy steering, drive and braking. Weighing in at 9.5 tonnes, the dumper meets market needs for manoeuvrability, particularly in urban construction and areas where space is at a premium. The transverse mounting of the motor improves the dumper’s centre of gravity and grants easier access for maintenance.

Mini and compact construction vehicles are perfect for simple earthmoving work in gardening and landscaping. MOBA has developed the Xsite® EASY machine controller, so that operators in these projects can also enjoy the full benefits of excavator control, such as the lack of control measurements and the reduction in surveys. This modern display and control unit is based on app programming, and features a clear interface that shows all the necessary information. It can also display optical signals that are much easier for the operator to process than numerical displays while they concentrate on controlling the bucket.

MTS will showcase its DINO12 Next Generation suction excavator, which offers a range of new, user-friendly features. These include the tipping system for emptying the material into dumpers and the latest generation of the quadruple-jointed MTS EVO power arm. Thanks to its Tridem chassis with steered tag axle, the DINO12 offers incredible manoeuvrability, which is particularly useful on compact construction sites. Furthermore, using a suction excavator can prevent damage when excavating roots, cables and wires.

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RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE to showcase solutions for recycling old wood and mineral construction waste

Preserving resources is vital to society and the environment. The RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE trade fair (RATL) from 27 to 29 April 2023 in Karlsruhe will address this issue. Just before new legislation on substitute building materials is due to come into force in Germany, the trade fair will focus on the controlled demolition and selective deconstruction of buildings. It will also look at the path from construction waste to tested, certified and quality-assured materials, and provide inspiration for businesses. Exhibitors at RATL will showcase economical material processing solutions for industry, the construction and recycling sector, and gardening and landscaping. Applications include crushing and screening old wood and cuttings, recycling scrap, metal and commercial waste, processing topsoil in construction and shredding old tyres.

Broad range of products for wood and biomass processing

The Crambo series of low-speed, dual-shaft shredders from Komptech has just welcomed a new addition. The e-mobile series adds new, semi-mobile electrical versions that feature a zero-maintenance electric motor in place of the diesel one. The design combines the compactness and flexibility of a mobile machine with the energy efficiency of a stationary system. Visitors will be able to experience the shredders live at the special theme area wood & biomass.

The models in Lindner’s Urraco 4000 series belong to the company’s latest generation of shredders and will be on show at the special theme area wood & biomass. These offer excellent mobility, good access to the maintenance points and drive area, short downtimes, improved productivity and a consistently high output. The proven dual-shaft system also shreds bulky and large-volume materials, with the extended working space enabling easy feeding from a wheeled loader.

Eggersmann will present the TEUTON Z 50 single-shaft shredder and a STAR SELECT S 60 star screen. The TEUTON Z 50 features exchangeable shredding tools that can be switched quickly depending on the application. Another of the machine’s highlights are the large and wide conveyor belts that enable a smooth material discharge free of blockages. The STAR SELECT S 60 is a mobile star screen that is suitable for screening biomass, compost, old wood and wood chips. It boasts a maximum throughput of 300 m³/h for three fractions.

The right product for every material flow

Designed as a multitool, the METHOR from Doppstadt offers excellent flexibility for a wide range of tasks and materials. Thanks to its modular design, the single-shaft shredder can be adapted easily to different needs. The shaft’s special bearing allows the entire shredding unit to be exchanged on site within 45 minutes. The machine can be fitted with various tools for shredding, crushing or cutting, to name just a few tasks. It is resistant to contaminants and processes standard fractions like commercial waste, mixed construction waste, rubble, organic waste or old wood.

TTS Trump will present the GT150 from J.D. Austria GmbH. This is the reaction to new waste legislation and uses water to separate mixed waste flows into buoyant and non-buoyant material. An upstream screener passes on the construction material to be separated. The separated materials are discharged via the machine’s rear and side belts for the light and heavy fractions respectively. As the GT150 requires little water for the separation process, the separated materials can be used again quickly.

The TITAN 900 d-pu from ARJES comes with a powerful 405-kilowatt diesel motor and can also be operated with a pair of 160-kilowatt electric motors if required. What makes this stationary shredder so special is the separation of the shredding and drive units. This lets the user power the shredder either electrically or with diesel, depending on requirements. In addition, the shaft quick-change system makes fitting and removing the shaft pairs quick and easy, making maintenance and preparation simple for smooth operation.

After taking a break in 2022, Schlüter Baumaschinen will return to RATL this year. The company is Germany’s largest authorised dealer of Komatsu and Sennebogen machinery. It will showcase the Sennebogen 830E Vario Tool, an electric material handler with a fully hydraulic and multi-functional quick-change system. It lets users flexibly use and change various attachments like scrap shears, multi-tine grapples or magnets. Also on show will be the WA475-10 from Komatsu. This wheeled loader features a redesigned hydraulic system that enables more lifting power and greater productivity. On top of this, the response times of the hydraulics and the tipping and lifting speed can be adjusted to the needs of the respective application. Visitors will be able to experience other machines from Schlüter live at the special theme area wood & biomass and the demonstration building site for civil engineering and road construction.

BMA will present the battery-powered 409-2 CE material handler together with Italian machinery producer Tabarelli. Driven by a powerful 40-kW motor that feeds two 1240 Ah batteries, this zero-emissions machine is ideally suited for applications that switch between indoors and outdoors. It is also designed to operate for up to eight hours without charging breaks or a trailing cable. The 409-2CE can be equipped for multi-shift operation using an optional battery pack that can be fitted in a few minutes.

Digital material flow management

N1 Trading and Mineral Waste will present two pieces of software that largely digitalise and automate the processing of disposal orders. This simplifies the internal management of material flows, while offering countless interfaces to external suppliers and service providers. In addition, the application helps assess mineral waste, prepare offers and select the best disposal methods. It also ensures that the result complies with the latest regulations and national legislation.

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RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE: Outdoor exhibition area fully booked!

The recycling and construction industries will come together from 27 to 29 April 2023 at the RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE double trade fair (RATL) on the grounds of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, as the event returns to its standard biennial schedule. The industry trade fair revolves around a unique combination of topics, making it an effective stage for these two key industries in Germany. Both of the event’s focus areas are given equal attention, with shredding and screening technology particularly well represented this year. Visitors will be able to watch these systems live in action and compare them at the special theme area wood & biomass, which returns after its break in 2022. Alongside long-standing exhibitors like Jürgen Kölsch or Komptech, this year’s trade fair will feature some big-name newcomers like Eggersmann, UNTHA and Vermeer. Visitors can look forward to a total of 15 topic-based shows featuring machinery and systems from the world of recycling. These will process a variety of materials from wood and biomass to scrap and metal. The fact that the outdoor exhibition area is fully booked reflects just how popular this event is among exhibitors: “With twelve weeks to go until the start of the trade fair, the 90,000 square metres of outdoor exhibition space is fully booked. The three compact days of the event will be full of tailored solutions for businesses from the construction, demolition and recycling industries”, explains RATL project manager Olivia Hogenmüller.

special theme area wood & biomass returns after its break in 2022

This will be the fourth time that the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre will host the demonstration trade fair. Home to Germany’s fifth-largest outdoor exhibition area, it offers the perfect conditions for the exciting live demonstrations that are the hallmark of the unique trade fair duo. Around 230 exhibitors are expected, including the likes of Zeppelin, Kinshofer, Sany, Kiesel and Doppstadt. These will present their construction machinery, equipment and recycling systems in realistic processes, either at their stands or on one of the five demonstration building sites and special theme areas. The live demonstration shows are organised by topic. They allow visitors to compare various products directly and provide inspiration on how to boost efficiency in their own businesses.

New branding underlines unique combination of topics

RATL now also has a new combined logo. This aims to highlight both the equal importance of the two featured industries and how they match together. “Our new branding reflects how the demonstration trade fair has developed with customers in mind. The positive feedback we received on the combination of topics was an important factor behind this step. 70 per cent of visitors to RATL 2022 said that the compact overview of both the recycling and civil engineering industries was their main reason for attending”, says Beate Frères, Director of In-House Trade Fairs. The focus on demonstrations that makes RATL so unique has also been incorporated as a key part of the new branding. The logo was first unveiled to a broad audience at the 51st VDBUM seminar in Willingen, where it was well received.

Niklas Brimm, Managing Director of NB Baumaschinen, says: “I really like the new branding. It further emphasises the symbiosis of the trade fair’s two focus areas. In the past, civil engineering and recycling were often treated separately, whereas today, there is greater focus on the overall cycle of construction materials. The trade fair covers this really well. The new branding is more modern and highlights the event’s USP even more.”

Dieter Schnittjer, Member of the Board of the German Association of the Building Industry, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (VDBUM), adds: “The new name and branding further underline the fact that the two sectors are very closely related. There are plenty of points during the event where the product and application areas can interact and complement each other very well, both in terms of technology and processes. The new branding is therefore the right thing to do, in order to further sharpen the trade fair’s positioning.”

the new RATL-Logo
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.

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Reuse building materials at the highest value level
Demonstration of a sample construction site for civil engineering and road construction

According to a recent report by the Kreislaufwirtschaft Bau initiative, Germany has a recycling rate of more than 90 percent for mineral construction waste, well above the European target of 70 percent. This can still be increased, and in a way that is both sustainable and profitable for all those involved in the value-added sectors concerned. With its broad and up-to-date product range, the RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE (RATL for short) demonstration trade fair at Messe Karlsruhe from April 27 to 29, 2023, reflects the state of the art in managing recycled building materials in infrastructure construction. On more than 90,000 square meters of exhibition space, 95% of which will be outdoors, numerous demonstrations with machine-based solutions will be dedicated to this key topic. In keeping with the live character of the trade show, visitors will experience machines in action on more than two-thirds of the stand area of the 240 exhibitors and within the framework of five action areas and model construction sites.

Exhibitors focus on economical and sustainable technologies in road construction

Road construction and maintenance measures are important for an efficient transport infrastructure. At the demonstration fair, leading machine manufacturers and dealers will show their technologies developed for this purpose. Ammann Verdichtung takes the motto of the RATL literally and presents its latest machines to the trade public on two demo areas actively in use. At the demo area "Electromobility in Compact and GaLaBau", Ammann's lightweight electric compactors will be demonstrating their capabilities. Ammann's smallest single-drum compactor is being used on the civil engineering and road construction demonstration site. At its booth in the open-air area, the manufacturer will show the entire range of light compaction. Equipment supplier Bagela is giving mobile asphalt processing in its purest form a platform: its trailer-mounted, fuel-oil-powered asphalt recyclers can produce up to 10 t of hot mix per hour from excavated or milled material directly on the construction site, which can be used for a high-quality asphalt base layer. Dynapac will demonstrate - in combination with a feeder - an environmentally friendly and economical asphalt road paver with gas-fired paving screed and efficient smoke extraction. With MOBA's MOBA-Matic leveling system installed, the exact height and slope of the screed can be measured and adjusted to the subgrade at any time. This results in an absolutely even asphalt layer. Süddeutsche Teerindustrie GmbH (STM) will set up a demonstration line at its booth to show the possibilities for road rehabilitation. In addition, paving products such as cold mix will be shown as a rehabilitation option. As a demo highlight, STM will give a live demonstration of its "mastic asphalt" product.

Road construction and civil engineering put into practice

During the three RATL trade fair days, how modern machines and processes in infrastructure construction interlock will be demonstrated on a large-scale model construction site installed together with the VDBUM with a focus on "civil engineering and road construction" in the exhibition area of TiefbauLIVE as part of two live shows per trade fair day. Visitors from these areas of the construction industry can directly compare machines, vehicles and systems here and find the technical solutions that best meet their requirements in civil engineering and road construction - from efficient earth excavation to the handling and transport of excavated material as well as 3D-controlled formation and asphalt paving to compaction including area-wide compaction control. The demonstration of the technologies presented will take place in an exchange between the VDBUM and representatives of the participating exhibitors Ammann Verdichtung, Bergmann Maschinenbau, Dynapac, Hermann Paus, Hoch Baumaschinen, Hydrema, KEMROC, MOBA, Nagel Gruppe, and Schlüter Baumaschinen.

Top-class panel discussion on the topics "Approval processes for heavy transports" and "Substitute building materials

Well-known representatives from politics, the construction and demolition industry, and the supplier industry have confirmed their participation in an industry talk that will address current issues surrounding substitute construction materials and challenges in approval procedures in the transport sector. The discussion partners are Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport Baden-Württemberg, Dr. Sarah Brückner, Managing Director Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. Fachverband Abfall- und Recyclingtechnik (VDMA), Eric Rehbock, General Manager Bundesverband Sekundärrohstoffe und Entsorgung - bvse, Peter Guttenberger, Member of the Board VDBUM and Managing Director MAX BÖGL Transport und Geräte GmbH & Co. KG, and Thomas Lück, board member of the German Demolition Association (DA) and managing director of InduRec GmbH.

For the industry talk on the topics "Why approval processes for heavy transports endanger construction site operations" and "Substitute construction materials - The future in road construction?", the participants will meet on April 28, 2023, from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. in the special show area of the so-called job exchange "BaustelleZukunft" in the outdoor area of the trade fair.

The panel wants to start with the current challenges in approval procedures in the (heavy-duty) transport sector. This topic relates to machinery and material flows such as construction materials and steel, and thus concerns all industries represented at the fair. This will be followed by a discussion on the installation of recycled building materials in road construction. The main issues here are quality assurance, product status and the mandatory inclusion of secondary construction materials in public tenders.

Trade fair duo RecyclingAKTIV & TiefbauLIVE to start again in 2023 in the two-yearly regular cycle - and with great popularity

In seven months' time, from April 27 to 29 at the Karlsruhe exhibition center, the motto will once again be: compact, personal, practical!

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