Howard Chapman, Buildingtalk Editor, reports on his visit to BAU 2017 in Munich – now the world’s top construction trade fair – to see Schüco’s extraordinary stand, the biggest and most technologically advanced at the exhibition.
Since the first event in 1964, BAU in Munich has developed into the construction industry’s mega international event, the world’s top trade fair for architecture, materials and systems.
This year, it had approximately 250,000 visitors: 80,000 of which were from outside Germany. The show housed 2,120 exhibitors from 45 countries, spread across almost 200,000 square meters of exhibition space.
Schüco was the events biggest exhibitor at BAU 2017, showcasing products as solutions in a highly visual way, combining the latest in facades, doors and windows with very clever interactive digital displays that drew massive crowds everyday.
Right at the beginning of my visit, Thomas Humpf, Senior Vice President of Schüco introduced the company by emphasising that its key drivers were innovation, partnership, excellence and responsibility.
He said that for Schüco, it is all about helping their partners from across the world to succeed and prosper by working with them to provide the right solutions for their customers.
Schüco at BAU 2017 was built around the message ‘The future of construction’.
Schüco recognise that at every level of the business there is a digital revolution, beginning with the use of 3D visualisation and augmented reality to create the right emotions plus accurate information for clients as they are introduced to what Schüco products and service can achieve for them and their projects.
The Schüco stand, also showcased how BIM digital technology for design, planning, manufacture, fabrication and installation is now seamless, offering total life-cycle management for all stages of the building process from concept to completion and beyond.
The Schüco stand exhibited a full range of new and proven window, door, façade, sliding, solar shading and security systems. The ‘1+1= 1 solution’ concept focused on how proven products can be combined to create unique innovative façade solutions for the building envelope.
For example, the innovative 3D parametric façade system that dominated the previous BAU show, now offers a number of key features such as opening windows and integrated shading, and can even be combined with other Schüco façade systems and solar panels.
Elsewhere on the stand we could see how unique panoramic facades could be created combining large scale sliding systems, automatic opening windows, ventilation options, and dramatic motorised corner openings.
Smart door solutions showed just how far the digital revolution has come, with doors opening automatically using facial recognition or blue tooth signals to activate keyless entry.
The FACID innovative fabric screening solution was demonstrated. This was an industrial fabric that could be used externally or internally creating new facades for buildings or internal space division with customised patterns, logos and colours that can be combined with lighting effects.
FACID allows façades to be clad in a varied and sustainable way. With FACID, the external appearance of a building can be adapted to changing requirements quickly and efficiently at any time.
Schuco digital revolution links design with manufacturing including robotic assisted machines that creating perfectly built bespoke systems. At BAU, Schüco showed how the fabrication processes, from planning through to installation on site, can be optimised.
The demands of modern building envelopes continue grow. At BAU 2017, Schüco demonstrated how it is meeting these challenges for its network of architects, fabricators and investors.
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