Gotta scratch that ISH

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Every year, here in the U.S., we have the AHR Show, one of the largest HVACR trade shows in the world. Well, every other year, the ISH Show in Frankfurt—organized by our friends from Messe Frankfurt—is the plumbing and HVACR granddaddy of them all.

This week—March 10-14—the 2015 ISH Show kicks off, featuring the latest innovations and new products from the water and energy sectors. Over 2,400 exhibitors from over 50 countries are taking part in The World’s Leading Trade Fair for The Bathroom Experience, Building Services, Energy, Air Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies.

With 10 exhibiting pavilions, you really need a week to see, well, most of it. Drawing from past experiences at ISH, the show allows visitors to talk business right at the booth with libation in hand.


I have been told that there should be around a 4% attendance contingent from the U.S. Interesting. I know plenty of friends from the industry making the jump over the pond this year. Nonetheless, it will be a great opportunity for us here to see the latest and greatest from the brightest minds in Europe, and all across the world. Check back on this week for more updates on the show.

ISH 2015

‘Comfort meets Technology’ is the motto of ISH 2015, which reflects the latest topics and developments in the sector and puts the focus on innovative technologies for individual ease of use and operation in buildings, as well as the latest trends for ecological, design-oriented bathrooms.

Today, Barbara Hendricks, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, will open ISH.

The German sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector can look back over 2014 with satisfaction; industry, the wholesale trade and the installation trades achieved a consolidated yearly turnover of € 52.3 bn (2013: € 51.3 bn). That represents growth of two per cent. Domestic turnover amounted to € 43.2 bn (2013: € 42.3 bn). As a result, the sector was able to continue the upward trend of the previous few years. At 51,316 (2013: 51,520), the number of companies continues at a relatively constant level; the skilled trades, with 50,350 businesses (2013: 51,520), comprise the vast majority of these, by a very wide margin. When it comes to the number of people employed in the sector, the figures show a persistent upwards trend.

In all, the building services engineering industry, which is dominated by medium-sized businesses, recorded some 509,000 employees in 2014, making it a round 8,000 more than in 2013. “These positive figures for the sector are reflected at ISH. 2,465 well known exhibitors (ISH 2013: 2,436) from 59 countries amount to a new record on the part of the manufacturers. For five whole days, they will be presenting their innovations to trade and professional visitors from all over the world at the trade fair. With some 260,000 square metres of exhibition space occupied, ISH will also be recording renewed growth in floor space for the show and a fully booked exhibition centre,” says Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Messe Frankfurt.

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