Press Release 2

The "new" fairgrounds of steinexpo 2020

June 2019: On 21 and 22 May 2019, the steinexpo organiser Geoplan GmbH invited booked and potential new exhibitors of steinexpo 2020 to the well-known and established fairgrounds in the quarry of the Mitteldeutsche Hartstein-Industrie AG (MHI) in Homberg/Nieder-Ofleiden. Besides the new spatial conditions, other offerings with great visitor benefits were also presented. These were extremely well received by the participants and will add significant added value to the 11th steinexpo from 26 to 29 August 2020.

steinexpo is not a trade fair where previously occupied spaces can be routinely booked by exhibitors. The reason for this is that the mining floor of the quarry suitable for the demonstration exhibition constantly change due to the ongoing rock mining and backfilling of this working mineral landfill in Europe's largest basalt quarry. This makes on-site presentations such as those in May indeed essential. Potential exhibitors and interested parties could form their own perception of the constantly changing backdrop of the quarry area.


All live demonstrations in one place

Visitors to steinexpo 2017 are familiar with the professionally moderated joint demonstrations of various construction machinery makes and brands on the low-lying level A. This attractive stadium concept will also be retained at the trade fair in 2020. Visitors can again look forward to watching this magnificent spectacle from the spectators’ stand, first erected at steinexpo 2017, which will be rebuilt for the next event.


New level B: Large area with new ramp

Regulars to the trade fair will remember the ramp which demarcated the demo areas B and D from each other that dominated the view for many years. The continuous mining activities in the quarry has now consigned this ramp to the history of the event. Instead, it will be replaced by a new ramp on the right-hand side of the main entrance to the fairgrounds, which will mean losing the previous demo area D on the one hand but providing more potential on the enlarged and no longer divided demo area B on the other. This in turn balances the availability of the exhibition space.

Two lifts on the terrain connecting levels B and C once again significantly shorten the distances between exhibition areas for visitors. They are complemented by the well-known shuttles that commute continuously between level B and C.


Thematic layout of the pavilions

The previous concept of the pavilions is also changing. Where they were situated on level C before, they are now distributed on level B and C. This provides the advantage of tailoring the offer in the pavilions to match the theme that is the focus of the respective level. Level B's focus at steinexpo 2020 will be on mobile equipment from all the relevant construction machinery sectors and corresponding accessories. Mineral processing technology is bundled together on level C.

The already proven "open concept" of the pavilions will be further expanded to the delight of exhibitors and visitors. This means that the long side walls of the large halls can be fully opened in the future, allowing indoor exhibitors to also be in the middle of the "open" events.


Participation is beyond question

Trade fair director Dr. Friedhelm Rese was impressed by the positive response to the planned new initiatives at the on-site meeting and by the extent of the responsive enquiries. Previously feared clashing of various placement requests was fully and mutually resolved during the inspection of the terrain. Leading exhibitors have already firmly booked their spaces or taken options on such. Like Dr. Rese, the participating exhibitor representatives greatly appreciate the opportunity of the preliminary on-site discussions to get answers to their specific questions and to clarify organisational matters. According to the current status, nearly all market leaders in the fields of construction machinery and mineral processing technology will be represented at steinexpo 2020. And a great number of exhibitors presenting their products and services in the large pavilions have already confirmed their participation in the trade fair.

Dr. Friedhelm Rese’s advice to all other interested parties: “Those who soonest deal with the decision to take part in this trade fair will still have the chance to get the exhibition space suitable for his product or service offering." An appeal that may not even be necessary, as the bookings received over especially the last few weeks have shown.


Key figures of the previous steinexpo 2017

Visitors: 53,890 (+12% compared to 2014)

Percentage of trade visitors:  92%

International participation (total): 23.5%

Exhibitors: 293

Brands represented: 432

Built-up area: 59,850 m²

Gross area: 180,000 m²




steinexpo: As the biggest and most significant stone quarry demonstration exhibition on the European continent, the steinexpo had its premiere in the Nieder-Ofleiden stone quarry in September 1990. The trade fair is held in a three-year cycle. By means of impressive live demonstrations against the backdrop of a magnificent stone quarry, manufacturers and dealers of building and processing machinery, utility vehicles and heavy vehicles as well as plants for reclamation and treatment of materials put their performance capabilities on display. The recycling of mineral building materials represents another focus point. The steinexpo is organised by Geoplan GMBH, Iffezheim.



steinexpo2020_PI2_1+2) On-site meetings: Dr. Friedhelm Rese welcomes the exhibitor representatives and explains the spatial layout of steinexpo 2020 at the MHI quarry in Nieder-Ofleiden. Photos: Geoplan  


steinexpo2020_PI2_3) View of the previous fairgrounds of steinexpo 2017

steinexpo2020_PI2_4) Spatial layout of steinexpo 2020: Clear layout of the exhibition areas, a ramp and two lifts for optimal visitor flow, as well as a spectators’ stand that will give the joint demonstrations a stadium effect.


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