ISH 2019 on track for growth with 2 532 exhibitors
With just a few days to go, ISH 2019, the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water continues to gain attraction, both nationally and internationally, through its strong international orientation, its networking of the various trade sectors, and a rising density of innovation. At the same time, ISH is a pacesetter in issues of climate protection, design, and smart building.
From March 11-15, all activity at ISH in Frankfurt am Main in Germany will focus on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) sector. Already in the run-up stage, the world’s biggest meeting for the industry is underlining its importance for visitors and exhibitors with its top themes.
A total of 2 532 exhibitors (2017: 2 485) from 57 countries (Germany: 868, abroad: 1,664) will be showing their innovations, developments and world’s firsts, as pace-setters for an efficient and likewise convenient future for buildings. In addition, the exhibition space at the fair has grown by five percent and now measures 275 000 m2 (2017: 261 300 m2).
ISH is an innovation driver for whole sectors of the economy. Using pioneering building technology, it is answering the urgent questions of our time – that means sustainability, but also efficiency and convenience. The industry is faced with many challenges. They include digitalisation, the search for qualified staff, and climate change. If we are to continue reaching the goals we have defined, an intensive exchange of information between the different trade sectors is an elementary need. It is here that ISH has a key role to play, said Wolfgang Marzin, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt.
ISH saw a total of 198,810 trade visitors last time, in 2017 – making it, by numbers, the world’s leading trade fair for the HVAC sector. Almost 40 percent of visitors came from abroad, for instance from growth regions such as Asia and Eastern Europe.
France is ISH 2019 partner country
Every two years ISH covers the whole range of the HVAC sector: exhibitors launch new products, designers set trends, decision makers network with one another, and visitors are provided with a broad range of practical and theoretical knowledge.
ISH will have a completely new structure in 2019, thus strengthening synergies between the exhibitors and visitors. In 2019 no less than 1 500 of 2 500 exhibitors will find themselves in a new hall location. The clear event structures will simplify navigation within and between product areas.
France is this year’s ISH partner country. In this way, ISH will do full justice to the many years of partnership between the Grande Nation and Germany and their close economic and political links.
It was obvious to choose France as a partner country. This decision resulted not just from the rising number of French exhibitors and visitors, but also from the objectives set in climate change, explains Wolfgang Marzin.
54 French industrial exhibitors and 4 668 trade visitors came to ISH in 2017. This made France the third-largest visitor country. 61 French exhibitors are due at ISH 2019. This equals growth of 11 percent on the previous event in 2017.
Digitalisation and solid growth
Digitalisation is a technological and context-related pace-setter at ISH. At the same time, digital change encourages collaboration and the exchange of information between different disciplines. This process of merger leads to significant market potential.
In concrete terms, the themes most to the fore in the field of ISH Energy are: “High-tech for the heating revolution”, “Indoor air quality (IAQ)”, the “Internet of things (IoT) in building automation”, and “heating with wood.”