The international character of the exhibitors was shown by the fact that 20 to 25 percent came from abroad, while the proportion of foreign visitors increased from seven to eleven percent. They came from 80 countries, a new record. And an indication that AMB is also gaining in importance internationally. Fully booked halls are again expected at AMB 2012, with over 1,300 exhibitors on an exhibition area of 105,000 square metres. Top experts from the promotional supporter associations for AMB-the Precision Tools Association in the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), the VDMA Software Association and the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders' Association) - will ensure technical input.