BUDMA 2020 - summary


In the first week of February 2020, the entire construction industry came to Poznań at the 29th edition of the BUDMA International Construction and Architecture Fair. From February 4-7, 46,000 professionals - professionals, investors, trade representatives, general contractors, engineers and architects sought new products, knowledge and new business opportunities among nearly 1,000 exhibitors from over 30 countries. It was an intense time of building meetings, sharing experiences, establishing cooperation, but also conversations about challenges for builders and architects, also in the context of social changes and care for the environment.



On February 3, the day before the ceremonial opening of the fair, the Economic Forum for Construction Build 4 Future began, during which positive changes in the new construction law and the digitization of the industry with it were discussed, as well as the need for innovation and investment in this sector. The inaugural speech was given by Robert Krzysztof Nowicki, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development, paying attention to the 40% rent gap. Professor Witold Orłowski analyzed external factors such as a slowdown in investments, increase in labour costs, as well as encroaching robotics and inflation, however, he did not forecast a "severe winter" on the real estate market. On the second day of the forum, the conditions for construction development in 2020-2030 were discussed, as well as the priorities for the development of infrastructure projects in 2020, also in the context of public-private partnership.

All attention on gold

During the ceremonial opening gala of the BUDMA Fair, companies and products that received the most attention, as well as engineers and architects, were honoured. Awards of the Minister of Development went to the authors of the best publications, diploma theses and doctoral dissertations in the fields of architecture and construction, spatial planning and development, and housing. 43 MTP Group Gold Medal statuettes were collected by the exhibitors of Budma, Intermasz and Kominki Fairs. For the first time, the jury awarded two products exceptionally among gold medalists. The Budma Fair Grand Prix was won by reinforcing bars and meshes made of TROKOTEX composites. The Eco Prize award for the most ecological solution was given to Lammi Thermoblock - hollow blocks with thermal insulation used in a passive construction. The winner of the Architecture Budma Award 2020 Competition was also announced, which was the office of CDF Architects for the reconstruction of the "Żelazko" tenement house in Poznań.


Knowledge and exchange of experience

During BUDMA, nearly one hundred thematic training, conferences and lectures dedicated to various professional groups took place. Distributor's Day, Construction Engineer's Day, Urban Planner's Day - these are traditional points of the program. The two-day D&A Design and Architecture Forum, dedicated mainly to architects, was focused around the topics of architecture friendly, accessible and conducive to the development of cities. Innovative ideas for the building industry were also discussed in a special Start-up zone.


Masters of professional assembly

The new edition of MONTERIADA attracted crowds of professionals who could see, touch and check how to properly mount new products and use materials from the field of joinery. The roof salon and the Polish Young Roofers Championships located in it were impressive. In the zone of the Polish Parquet Layers Association, masters of the trade presented the most difficult techniques, created with great precision the complicated patterns of wooden floors. High school students tested their skills during the Golden Trowel tournament.


The scale of exposure and foreign contacts

The impressive exhibition of the BUDMA fair was complemented by new products presented at the INTERMASZ Fair - the Fair of Construction Machines, Vehicles and Auxiliary Equipment, INFRATEC - the Fair of Solutions for Infrastructural Construction and the FIREPLACE - the International Fireplace Fair. Among the several thousand foreign contractors who came to Poland in search of new products, there were also over 500 buyers representing retail chains from 38 countries around the world, as part of the HOSTED BUYERS Program implemented by MTP.


The most strongly represented group of this year's fair were the representatives of the commercial networks - 40% of the total number of visitors participating in the event. Strongly represented was also a group of contractors and professionals: 38% of the total number of visitors. Architects and designers accounted for 12%, and investors and developers 10% of visitors participating in the BUDMA construction fair.




More than half of the participants of the fair - 53%, were people who are eligible to make purchasing decisions in their companies. In turn, employees who, thanks to the presented offer, had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest product proposals, constituted 45% of the total number of trade fair visitors.



In the BUDMA fair representatives of as many as 48 countries took part,  representing over 15% of the total number of visitors, practically from all over the world. Most often heard languages during business meetings with Exhibitors were from the Baltic countries - 13%, German had a strong share - 11% and Scandinavia also stood on the "podium".

The next BUDMA Fair date: 23-26th of November 2021

In the fall, a special edition of BUDMA will take place, because the 30th anniversary of the International Construction and Architecture Fair and the 100th anniversary of the Poznań International Fair are ahead of us! The 30th edition of BUDMA will be accompanied by the Trade Fair of Machines, Tools and Components for Production, Windows, Doors, Gates and Façades WinDoor-tech, the Stone Industry Fair STONE and the Glass Industry Fair GLASS.