KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) has received overwhelming response from Malaysian construction companies to participate in Bauma 2010, the world's largest exhibition for the construction and mining industry.

MGCC General Manager Thomas Brandt said more than 3,000 exhibitors, worldwide, have confirmed their participation at the exhibition, to be held at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre, between April 19 and April 25.

"More than 100 Malaysian representatives, including several big players from the construction industry, are expected to meet with their counterparts from other countries during the week-long exhibition.

"Several Malaysian firms have confirmed their participation in the exhibition and we are trying to get space for two more companies. They are still on the waiting list, as the response has been overwhelming, Brandt told a briefing here on Feb 3.

He added that MGCC was committed to assisting Malaysian construction companies tap business and technology transfer opportunities at the world-renowned exhibition which would showcase latest technology, products and services in all sectors of the industry.

"There is an increase in the number of international firms joining Bauma this year. So, this is the best platform for Malaysian companies to explore opportunities in other markets," Brandt said.

Exhibitors from Russia, Brazil, Germany, the US, China, India, France as well as Canada are taking part in this year's exhibition.

"More than 100 representatives from India are expected to participate this year. India's construction industry is growing faster than the country's GDP.

"Malaysian firms can take advantage of this potential that is coming from India and China," he said, adding that Asia was still developing despite the economic downturn. -- Bernama